Daily Acts’ Tour: Water Harvesting — A Rehydration Revolution
Looking for strategies to rehydrate your land and increase its life-giving capacity? Want to collect the free, high-quality rainwater that falls on your roof? Explore a quarter of an acre backyard that harvests 400,000 gallons of water annually and tour a water harvesting farm!
With the short wet season of our Mediterranean climate you have to catch the rain when it falls! We’ll explore a wide variety of techniques for water harvesting from suburban-scale to broadacre. Erik Ohlsen will first take us on a journey through the lush backyard of his co-housing community. Five short years ago the quarter-acre site was a parking lot. By employing strategies to harvest rainwater and build soil, the site has become a suburban oasis with a diversity of yields. It harvests 400,000 gallons annually! We’ll then travel across town to the Permaculture Skills Center, a 5-acre broad-scale permaculture model site. By increasing the living sponge of soil and sculpting the earth to encourage absorption, Erik and his team have laid the foundation for a healthy, multi-yield, ecological farm. Here you learn about harvesting rainwater using Keyline design, earthworks and catchment tanks. Explore rotational grazing, Silvapasture and carbon farming—systems that have the potential to scale up and replace industrial agriculture.
Location in Sebastopol, CA (address provided upon registration). Pre-regstration required — details and registration online.
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