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April Permaculture Study Group Gathering

Published on Monday, April 14, 2014

April Permaculture Study Group Gathering

Designing for Water

Event date: 4/27/2014 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Export event

Event Location: Lunceford Farms

Spring has sprung and we are all really busy on our own projects, no doubt. So it's great that we take the time to get together, help each other out and have some good food and bad jokes.

This month's Permaculture Study group meeting will be at Lunceford Farms in Deer Park. This is a brand spankin' new site that we just started developing in September. We've put in 18 raised beds, an herb spiral, hundreds of yards of swales for snow-melt catchment, tree planting and experimental purposes and rainwater catchment off of the shop roof. Since this is an 11 acre dry-land hay field, the focus of this project has been: water, water, water! So the entire design is about utilizing every drop that lands on the property. Come and find out how we've designed for water retention (actually a desirable thing) and participate in using the ancient a-frame and a sight level for determining contours. We will actually build another swale...well. part of the group will. The brainiacs will be able to use their talents assessing the site for planting locations of specific vegetable crops and putting seed in the ground. Hopefully we've created a diversity of micro-climates for plants of different needs relative to aspect and temperature.
So if you'd like to get some skills in earthworks, water systems or use your design and planning talents, OR, you just want to hang out with the group and eat some food, come on out!
Sunday April 27th from 1-4pm

Lunceford Farms is located at 7016 W. Lunceford Ln, Deer Park, Wa. 99006. Heading north on Hiway 395 towards Deer Park, one would turn LEFT ( west) on Staley road and go to Monroe. Take a RIGHT and travel to Lunceford Ln. which looks like a graveled driveway. Ther's a Christmas tree farm on your right for reference. Pass it and you've gone too far. On Lunceford, go through the woods, over the creek and we are the second to last house on the right. You'll recognize the swales!
Please bring a pot-luck item or beverages of your choice. Feel free to email me what you're bringing so I can make sure we've got everything covered.
Thank You, Daryl Johnson
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Daryl Johnson

4/27/2014 11:10 AM

Wow. 2" of snow in Deer Park this morning.(Sunday). Not to worry though. The RAIN is melting it off! So this property is designed to harvest water....the weather cooperated perfectly to showcase that design! We have plenty we can do though besides fencing, cover crop planting, and staking out a new swale(intended projects for today) We can do a walk through and plot out planting, get feedback on design and of course strategize the direction of the Study Group. We'll have coffee and tea, a shop with heater, covered area and of course the pot luck. Be sure to bring warm clothes, a rain jacket, gloves and boots. See you soon! Daryl


Siemen Family Farms, Inc.

4/27/2014 12:36 PM

@ Daryl - we've been waiting to get to come out to your place; really looking forward to seeing your project as a whole and seeing everyone again. We've missed you all! ;-)


Mike Hagar (website host)

4/28/2014 7:13 AM

Wow! To my knowledge Daryl's project is the most involved system of swales that I have see in the Spokane area. He has done a great job on capturing water from the 8 acres behind the house, creating a small pond to water the kitchen garden (which is a number of raised beds in a pattern that allows the water captured from the barn's roof to circulate from one side to the other down each bed.

Great Job Daryl! I am inspired to go home and rethink the area I have that I too often think of as flat.

P.S. Daryl is building this permaculture homestead for his parents and their transition through retirement.


Torie Foote

4/28/2014 8:26 AM

Thanks Daryl ! Loved your design-very artful as well as practical.

Here is the recipe for the chocolate balls I brought:

Adzuki Balls

3/4 cup of cooked adzuki beans

3/4 cup finely chopped pecans

6 or so Medjool dates (about 1/2 cup)-pitted and chopped

1/4 cup cocoa

1/4 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp sea salt

Blend all together in a food processor or by hand until smooth and creamy. If too dry you can add a splash of rice or almond milk.

Roll into balls.

You can then roll the balls into toppings: chopped cashews, coconut, or?


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