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Flooding on the Farm

February 10, 2013

3 2 4This winter has been an interesting one for us…we have had roller coaster temps, and lots of heavy rain. This culminated in the crazy tornado/flood warnings the week before last. We are still trying to recover from the damage on the farm. Luckily for us, this didn’t happen during a major growing season when all of our crops are already in the ground.

We have had some rain damage before, but nothing on this scale. We have been discussing this problem for a while, and deciding on how to fix this issue with rainwater control.

Fortunately, we recently found a great permaculturist to work with on this issue. The owner of Shades of Green, an edible landscaping and ecological design firm, has been kind enough to donate some of her time, and barter with us for more time to complete a personalized plan for our farm. Her designs incorporate swales and burms to control rain runoff, slow down the water flow, and keep it in the ground for our crops to use. She has also redesigned our space to incorporate some walking gardens and meeting spaces.

We are super excited about all these plans, and will have lots more posts to show you our progress as we implement Shades of Green’s designs.

For now, we “just” need to find the time and money to get all this work done!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Eddie permalink
    February 11, 2013 12:18 pm

    Sounds great! Keep up the good work.

  2. February 11, 2013 7:58 am

    Good to hear from you guys, I hope your damage was minimal and that the new earthscaping works well for you. Also hope you will be at Big Canoe again this year. I am signed up and ready to go April 6th, can’t wait to see you! Mary Ann

    • February 11, 2013 8:02 am

      Hi Mary Ann,
      Good to hear from you! We will be at Big Canoe Market again this year, and can’t wait to get started! Looking foward to seeing you there!
      Jamie and Kristen

  3. February 11, 2013 7:06 am

    That will be great! Berms are the way to go.

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