Monday, May 4, 2009

"Permaculture Swale" Video Slide Show From This Weekend

This weekend we picked up hazelnut & chestnut trees from our friend Mark Shepard in Viola. The eldest Amish boy who lives next door and his sister helped us create permaculture swales in the hayfield where we planted the trees. Sunday, Joshua & Ashley came over & planted the 110 seedlings. The slide show explains the process. Enjoy the show and the music!


The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Great video!
So a Swale is like a watering channel then if I understood things correctly? At the same time it leads away the exess water. That is not something one sees a lot of nowdays!
I wish I could handle a horse like that boy can, but to be honest I´m a bit afraid of horses :-) The only ones I go near is my neighbours horses just because I know them well and have taken care of them some times.
Have a great day now and good luck with Your hazelnuts and chestnuts!

ChristyACB said...

Wow, that is a lot of really amazing work and what a treasure those trees will be. I never understood swales...great tutorial!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow!! What a great video!! Beautiful land. I noticed the tree was planted on the opposite side of the swale if I saw correctly - thus watering the tree slowly and not washing it away. right? 110 seedlings are a lot of trees. In many years to come, do you use it as a crop collection, personal use? I enjoyed your video!!...debbie

miltonics said...

Great video, cool music, nice swales!

angie said...

Terrific video Barb - just great! Loved it!

We've always wanted to visit Mark's farm - you hear lots about it and the amazing things he has done in the permaculture circles.

Barb and Steve said...

Hi Christer...yes you are right. Steve is a little timid around them too.
Thanks Christy, Debbie, Angie & Miltonics. are right about the water absorbing into the soil & we will do both, eat & sell them.
Angie...his farm is great. I went on an all day tour 2 years ago & then to pick up trees the last 2 seasons. It worth the trip.