David and I have been making some big changes on our property to make it more efficient for gardening and for dealing with the water in the land (excess). We've had the great fortune of having Brian Kerkvliet here to design and implement swales and we had a swale making event here last weekend that went wonderfully. We turned it into a learning experience and invited people to participate. Brian taught and demonstrated and we all rolled up our sleves to help in the process. Leading up to the weekend hands-on event I had been keeping a blog describing the steps we took to prepare for the swale making. If you would like to read about that take the link below to see:
We got about 2/3 of the way done with the implementation of swales last weekend and next Sunday we plan to finish.
Here's why I'm posting this. We could really use some help with the final stage. We will be hauling gravel in wheel barrows to the site....heavy. There might also be some fine tuning of the swales with shovels and rakes...lighter work. If you would like to help let me know by calling (360) 733-3541.
We will meet on Sunday June 30th starting at 9 AM. We'll start right in with the hands-on work. Brian will explain what we are doing as we do it but we'll leave most of the talk and questions for after the work is done. I will be providing Lunch and snacks and beverages. If you want to come to part but can't make it to the whole time that is fine.
This would also be an opportunity to learn about how swales can be utilized on any size of property. Brian is an excellent teacher and he's getting really good at this kind of work.
Kids and pets would not be a good idea as we have some big holes and ditches in the property. Although you can give me a call about kids or pets if you want to see about exceptions.
So the schedule is basically:
9 am to noonish: Hands on work in the morning -- probably a couple of hours work and this is when we need the help.
Noonish: Lunch provided by Angela
During and after lunch: Overview of the design process and principles, and implementation of Swales.