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Creating Permaculture Swales

Design a site to stop runoff & stay moist with logs and earth.

Date/Time: Saturday, June 6, 10am - 4pm.

Cost: $100.

Shaping the land to maximize retention of water and nutrients on site is one of the first, most important, and longest-lasting actions a person can take in creating a permaculture site. Water runs quickly off the vast majority of human landscapes, carrying fertility with it. Permaculture Swales catch and spread water and nutrients as they move across the landscape, making them available to plants, recharging local groundwater supplies, and protecting downstream areas from erosion and pollution. This workshop will cover site evaluation, design and layout of swales, and conclude with building a section of a swale.

Lead Instructor: Lincoln Smith

Location: Forested in Bowie, MD. Click here for map. The forest garden is in the field next to D&S General Store and Gas Station located at 3507 Enterprise Road, Bowie, MD 20721. When you see the gas station, you're very close. There is a yellow gate 100' south of the gas station. Looking at the gas station from the road, the gate is to your right, somewhat hidden in the trees. Drive through the yellow gate into the field. Parking is to the left. Walk around the big field clockwise to come into the fenced forest garden area. We will gather under the canopy.

Qualifications: Participants should feel comfortable working outside in any weather. Some heavy lifting might be required. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Sturdy footwear is required as well as
appropriate outdoor clothing. Please bring a pair of work gloves if you have them.

Food: Snacks and drinks will be provided, but please bring lunch.

Registration: Pay below or email Lincoln to let us know you're coming.
Registration closes 24 hours before class time.

Earlier Event: May 2
Pastured Ducks
Later Event: March 19
Bark Grafting