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After a long drought, massive influxes of water have caused two significant swale breaks for the first time at Zaytuna Farm.
Geoff had turned up swivel pipes to relieve pressure from newer swales below and ease some of the erosion from around the pipe outlets. However, the continual addition of water eventually led to the water going over the top of swale berms and eating through them. It appears the level sills were a little choked with vegetations and not letting the water off quickly enough. It’s all repairable, but lots of material has moved down the landscape and there is some flooding.
In the upcoming earthworks course at Zaytuna, Geoff will explain how to fix this, as well as how to better shore up the berms to prevent it from repeating in the future.
To learn more about Permaculture Earthworks, Geoff has three face-to-face courses coming up in 2020:
Permaculture Earthworks & Design Workshop 22nd – 26th Of June 2020 in Loomis, Washington USA: https://zaytunafarm.com/product/permaculture-earthworks-design-workshop-22nd-26th-of-june-2020-in-loomis-washington-usa/
Permaculture Earthworks & Design Workshop 4th – 6th of July 2020 in McMinnville, Tennessee, USA: https://zaytunafarm.com/product/geoff-lawton-3day-permaculture-earthworks-design-workshop-4th-6th-of-july-2020-in-mcminnville-tennessee-usa/
Earthworks & Water Harvesting Course 24th of August to the 4th September 2020 at Zaytuna Farm, Australia: https://zaytunafarm.com/product/earthworks-and-water-harvesting-course/
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