Digging swales

Preparing a hillside for an orchard is hard work, but it was made much easier thanks to the many helpers who came out this past Saturday. We made great headway on the upper swales, and even got one filled with good woodsy debris and covered with mulch by the end of the day. We’ll be out there again on Wednesday, 10/29, from 3pm to 6pm. Come join us!

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Jennifer and Simon get started on the first swale while Aniyah and Amy pound in posts to mark the spots where the trees will go.

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Cassidy gets the second swale going while Jennifer and Simon add woodsy debris to the finished first one.

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Over the course of the day, fifteen volunteers came out to help.

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Jennifer uses the A-frame level to check the slope of the second swale.

Amy and Caiden soak the cardboard sheet mulch with stored rain water.

Amy and Caiden soak the cardboard sheet mulch with stored rain water.

Simon spreads a thick layer of wood chips below the first swale.

Amy and Simon spread a thick layer of wood chips below the first swale.

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