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Bird Rookery Swamp Tour and Earthworks Demonstration

Greetings Permies,

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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  • Lisa O.

    Loved traveling through the Bird Rookery Swamp and was sorry to miss the earthworks after. Too much work to do on our own property.

    April 29, 2014

  • Matthew R.

    Good to see everyone! Thanks to Joe, and good luck with that beast of a backhoe!

    April 27, 2014

  • Ruth

    Joe thank you for sharing your plans &hospitality with us.

    April 27, 2014

  • Robert F.

    It was awesome! I had a great time, nice to meet/see everyone and thanks Joe for your hospitality!

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • CHopper

    Great time for my first Permie event. I learned a lot and I look forward to more like it. It was nice meeting everyone!

    2 · April 26, 2014

  • Mary G.

    Life is so good. I have several wonderful choices of events. Sat. I will watch my grandchildren in a ballet. They are wonderful and will soon leave to study at Boston Ballet and Ellison Ballet in NYS. Then we won't gt to all their performances. Mary Guay

    April 25, 2014

  • Sharon

    Admission fee? I couldn't find anything indicating if there is a fee or not, thanks. :)

    April 20, 2014

    • Alex N.

      Hi Sharon, there is no fee. We try to keep all of the events we organize free of cost.

      April 20, 2014

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