The Grayson Permaculture Group recently installed swales as part of a food forest design at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Galax.
A swale is a shallow trench dug along the land’s contour, with a berm on the downhill side. All points along a contour line are exactly the same height, therefore, a trench along the contour slows the water and spreads it across the contour line. This slowing and spreading of water reduces erosion, retains more water where it is needed.
To learn more about swales, permaculture, and help with the food forest join the group:
- We meet the 2nd Thursday of each month from 6-8pm at the LandCare office in Independence
- Join the facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1719336261684221/
- or email firstname.lastname@example.org