My husband and I moved to the Turquoise Trail, about 10 miles south of Santa Fe, a year and a half ago. We have 10 acres of overgrazed land, including a section of Arroyo Gallina that is generally bone dry, but flooded three times last year – jumping the banks and flooding up to our front door.
We planted hundreds of native seedlings last year, a little patch of prairie, and a small orchard of locally bred fruit trees. We are putting finishing touches on a 6,000 gallon ferro-cement water catchment tank, but also learning all we can about berms and swales, working with what water we do get to help this land heal and produce food and oxygen for us and our guests, and the world. Excited to make permaculture work here and welcome the ideas and energy of anyone in there area who wants to get their hands dirty on a piece of land.