We got to see some payoff for all our work on our watershed restoration project! An unlikely May storm changed our whole summer, teaching us about how a flood works in this new habitat, and giving us a rare deep spring watering of our soils. Over the span of a few days it rained off and on and even hailed hard for several minutes while I hid out in the yurt, wishing I hadn't left the garden protective shade panels open. It hailed enough to clog up our gutters preventing much of the subsequent rain from finding it's way through the ice into our cisterns.
The storm dropped a half inch or so of rain very quickly, giving us our first flood experience of the year. I went out with my raincoat and watched the first flood stream through our new rock work in the watershed restoration project. Read more of this post...
Our events have been going really well this year! Here are some photos of the Solar Cooking and Sustainable Kitchens Class and the East Mountain High School visit.
Here are our upcoming events!
Saturday May 31, 2pm to 5pm Hike to Madrid from Ampersand: Join us for a hike up the arroyo to the village of Madrid. We will survey the geology, mining history, and impacts of flooding.
Want to learn how to grow food successfully in our harsh climate? This class covers methods to help your seedlings survive the spring winds, summer pests, and blazing sun.
Rainwater harvesting and grey water use should be the foundation of desert gardens whenever possible, so we will observe these techniques in practice at Ampersand and discuss how to get the most out of small growing areas through staged plantings, inter-cropping, and perennial plants. We will observe appropriate Permaculture strategies and discuss details from how to prepare your soil to extending your growing season to harvesting rainwater to water harvesting earthworks.
Email us to register!