Event Detail

Tour: Water Harvesting—A Rehydration Revolution


7, 2013


From 10:00 AM TO 3:00 PM
Event: Homegrown
Status: Closed

Tour: Water Harvesting—A Rehydration Revolution 
Saturday, September 7, 10am-3pm. $45
Sebastopol, CA

Looking for strategies to rehydrate your land and increase its life-giving capacity?  Want to collect the free, high-quality rainwater that falls on your roof? In this tour we’ll explore a wide variety of techniques for water harvesting from suburban-scale to broad-acre. Erik Ohlsen will first take us on a journey through the lush backyard of his co-housing community. Five short years ago the quarter-acre site was a parking lot. By employing strategies to harvest rainwater and build soil, the site has become a suburban oasis with a diversity of yields.  We’ll then travel across town to the Permaculture Skills Center, a 5-acre broad-scale permaculture model site. Permaculture provides a decision-making framework and set of strategies for meeting human needs while also healing the planet. By increasing the living sponge of soil and sculpting the earth to encourage absorption, Erik and his team have laid the foundation for a healthy, multi-yield, ecological farm. Learn about harvesting rainwater using Keyline design, earthworks and catchment tanks. Explore rational grazing, Silvapasture and carbon farming—systems that have the potential to scale up and replace industrial agriculture.  

About the Instructor: 
Erik Ohlsen is a licensed contractor, Founder and owner of Permaculture Artisans (Ecological farm and landscape company). Erik is a renowned Certified Permaculture designer, and Certified Permaculture teacher and has been practicing permaculture and ecological design since 1998 when he co-founded his first non-profit called Planting Earth Activation, PEA. This charitable organization designed and installed community gardens in northern California for public and private use from 1998-2001. In the field of ecological land development and management Erik has extensive experience with projects that range from small urban lots to 100+ broad acre design and implementation. His many years of experience, observation and listening of landscape patterns, managing installation crews and design teams, and his understanding of ecology make Erik a leader in the field of ecological landscape development.

Visit the the Permaculture Skills Center website: http://permacultureskillscenter.org/

Visit the Permaculture Artisans website: http://www.permacultureartisans.com

Like the Permaculture Skills Center on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PermacultureSkillsCenter

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