Imagine a farm. Give yourself some room. Imagine a farm with 110 acres.
This 110 acres has over 50 acres of forest, 40 acres of prairie, 4 ponds fed by seasonal creeks. There are 20 acres of pastures, gardens, orchards and managed forest. Parts of this farm are managed as “no-touch” nature reserve and some of it is used only for wild edibles, medicinals and deceased tree harvest.
It’s been nearly a year since I finished my Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDCC, or commonly called the PDC). I’ve been observing the land and the way the water flows on it. Every big rain I go out and get my boots muddy looking to see how the water moves across my baby permaculture system. Every once in a while I get time to chip away at the design that resides mostly in my head. The labor sometimes seems fruitless. It’s difficult to know if I’m doing it right. My only credentials so far is an online course and lots of other online research. Continue reading Full Swales: Rain Brings Encouragement→
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I think sometimes my wife gets tired of hearing me say “Today I listened to a podcast…”.
There is so much to learn and so many stories to enjoy. For now I work sitting in front of a computer. These stories help me get through part of the day without focusing on my aching back and shoulders. I long to be home on the farm doing these things, but for now during the days I listen to the encouraging stories of others while I earn my paycheck.
What is a water level? I guess first before going into that we need to understand a few things about water.
Water finds it’s own level.
If you think about the edge of a calm lake. It’s like a big bowl. All the way around the lake where the waters edge meets land is level. That is a contour line. If you find a way to mark that line, then drain the lake that marked line would be a level contour line in the landscape.