High Desert Gardening and Volunteer Day!

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High Desert Gardening

Sunday, June 8,10-4.

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 greywater 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 - prepare your soil, extend your growing season, harvest rainwater, create water harvesting earthworks.   Email us to register at amanda@ampersandproject.org

Volunteer Day!  Free

Sunday, June 15, 10-4

Join us for a fun day of constructing the walls to our shop with salvaged pallets, straw, and earth. See more photos of the project here.

This is a great chance to meet great people, learn some new techniques, and get appreciated for your contributions to our project.  We will even cook you a solar lunch!  Lunch contributions also quite welcome.

Please register and we can help arrange carpools.  Email us at amanda@ampersandproject.org

Arid Land Restoration

Saturday, June 14 10-4

Learn to read the unique landscape of the arid Southwest!

With some attention to wild plant indicators and the deposit patterns of soil and organic material, you can determine the storm water flow areas that nourish the land, the ones that dehydrate it and those that create erosion.

We will tour the ecological restoration projects on Ampersand’s site, discuss the reasons for each design, and observe success rates.
 

Learn to think like a watershed! We will get hands on experience constructing grade control rock structures that help calm the flood waters as they pass through the landscape. This way we can harvest these strong flood waters rather than watching the land wash away.
 

We will tour Ampersand’s largest and most important land restoration project on site.  This is adjacent to an old mining railroad bed. More on this class.
Register by sending us an email to amanda@ampersandproject.org

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