Working with Water on the Land
Saturday October 12th
10am to 3pm
Workshop Cost: $25-50, sliding scale. Register here.
Wellspring Forest Farm, Mecklenburg NY
With climate change, the Finger Lakes region is projected to have an increase in overall rainfall as well as in the intensity of each rain event. As land caretakers our role then is to understand and harness the power of water in ways that support crop production, wildlife habitat, and carbon sequestration.
Join us to explore and learn methods for reading the landscape to solve water challenges by valuing water as a precious element of land stewardship. Wellspring Forest Farm, a 21-acre agroforestry farm, has been developing ponds, swales, wetlands, and other catchments by hand and with machines since 2012. This Workshop is an opportunity to see the benefits of these established systems and learn how to design and implement your own. Though applicable to all landscape, this Workshop focuses on strategies ideal for medium sized-landscape and demonstrates methods for water management using hands-tools, but with a large focus on strategies utilizing tractors, back-hoes and excavators.
The morning includes a tour of Wellspring Forest Farm’s water systems and a presentation and discussion on “watershed literacy” including how to read and map contours using A-frames and laser levels, and other features important for the planning process. After lunch (please bring your own) we will get hands-on and dig, measure, and plant new water harvesting features.