Whole Systems Design : Earthworks
"We design and implement regenerative food, fuel, and shelter systems that operate on current solar energy. These are homesteads, farms and schools fit for a challenging future of peak oil, climate change and economic transition." www.WholeSystemsDesign.com
We got to stay at a new site he is developing in Rochester, VT where he is doing large scale "Earthworks" to optimize the water flow and resource distribution in the land by shaping and sculpting the surface of the hillside.
We got to film some of the process of measuring the contour of the hill with a laser level and then sculpting the flow of water with an excavator to bring the water across the site to the dry areas. Can't wait to return again to see this system develop more with perennial plantings, ponds and grazing!