On Saturday, April 26 we will go out to the Bird Rookery Swamp to observe nature and gain inspiration for our designs. We will then venture over to Joe’s future homestead which is very close by and have a talk about earthworks (ponds, berms, trenches, etc.) and why they are an important aspect of permaculture design for here in Southwest Florida.
We will then observe Joe demonstrate how to use an earthmover to dig seasonal ponds/trenches and assemble hugelkultur berms on his property. This sort of design will maintain moisture during the dry season and drought, handle the high water during the wet season, create habitat for the animals dependent upon wetlands (that also bring their wonderful nutrients with them to help close the nutrient cycle), and reduce the effects of frost/freeze.
This event will be very beneficial to any guild member who has seasonal standing water on their property and wants to turn that “problem” into a solution.
Please meet in the parking lot of the Bird Rookery at 9am. If you come late, you will find us somewhere along the walking path. We expect to be at the Bird Rookery for about 1 hour at which point we will head to Joe’s in a caravan.
Alex Nikesch, David Chapman, Rene Bordas, and Chris Sullivan
Organizers - Southwest Florida Permaculture Guild
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