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Making a 'Swale' Workshop
You are invited to this hands on, 1 day workshop to learn about and apply swales to the steep slope of the Pachamama landscape!
Why? Swales (ditch & mound on contour) are used to slow and capture water run-off, by spreading it horizontally across the landscape. This will facilitate water infiltration into the soil, create raised food gardens and alternative pathways to reduce erosion.
Learn how to:
- construct an A Frame level
- observe landscape and survey on contour
- calculate measurements for slope & rainfall
- effectively conduct earthworks to make a swale
- create a raised garden & alternative pathways
- prevent and control erosion
- manage overflow
- harvest wet season rainfall
- reduce irrigation needs in the dry season
When? Sunday 18th August (yes this weekend!)
Time? 10am to 4pm
Bring? Hat, H20 and shovel and gloves (if possible). Please bring a plate of food to share for lunch (if you can).
Cost? Suggested donation $20 or 20 bartles - thank you.
Location? 30 Barron Falls Rd Kuranda (Pachamama House)
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0422 068 995
This permaculture design event is sponsored by the Recharge Kuranda/Realfoods/FNQ Sustainability Alliance Community Fund'
What is a Swale and is use?
In a nutshell: “A swale is a water harvesting ditch on contour with a soft mound on the lower slope.” - Geoff Lawton.
Swales, as used in permaculture are designed to slow and capture runoff by spreading it horizontally across the landscape - following the contour of the land. This facilitates runoff infiltration into the soil and is created by digging a ditch (on contour) and piling the dirt on the downhill side of the ditch to create a mound (known as berm) for tree planting.
They can vary widely in appearance and use; from large hollow or broad drains intended to first pool, then absorb all surplus water flow and can be long to level excavations, which can vary greatly in width, depth and creation - from small ridges in gardens, rock piles across slopes, or deliberately excavated hollows in flatlands and low-slope landscapes.
In the tropics, swales are primarily used to slow down water flow and direct it where needed. They start at the top of the hillside and work down the slope to effectively create successive earth works, with overflow channels from one to the next that deal with the tremendous potential of the water that falls during the heavy summer rainfall.
The Pachamama House is our beautiful Rainforest retreat where many wonderful gatherings, workshops and events take place. It is also the home for our global organisation Para Pachamama ~ Spirit of Earth. Situated on 5 acres of thriving Rainforest they live with a view to the Eagles nest, who are the Spirit Guardians of the land. Located in Kuranda in Tropical Far North Queensland this tranquil space easily supports weekend workshops for up to 20 participants and day events for up to 50. A private meditation / healing room is available for individual and small group sessions. It is home to many WOOFERS and interns working on inspiring community driven initiatives seeded from local food networks and beyond.
You don't need to have permaculture design experience to participate