We're thinking of moving to a place that has a small creek in the back in Northern California. (By small I mean maybe 4-5 feet across, slow moving water.) It's covered with all sorts of grasses, shrubs, vines, and a few big trees, many of them invasive, but we could slowly replace those.
What sorts of vegetables, perennial edibles, or fruits can grow alongside a creek?
Would it be possible to have backyard ducks and let them have access to the creek instead of providing them a pond?
Flowing surface water has so many uses its hard to list them all.
-Ram Pump This allows for off grid water pressure. Useful for watering livestock and irrigation. If the water is potable, such a device can service a home. It should at least be able to service a flush. If the water was sent through a radiator, it could cool a space in warm weather, warm a space in cool weather.
-Micro Hydro Electric If the flow is strong enough, it could be used to operate a small turbine to produce electricity.
-Farm Raised Fish
There is the option of using the water to service tanks or using the stream to raise fish in containment areas.
-Acorns Continuously replenished fresh water is ideal for removing tannins from acorns. Once removed, the acorns are entirely edible, with a wide array of menu possibilities.
Constant motion used to turn a shaft offers excellent opportunity for a cottage industry. It is essentially Free Energy. Grind grains, cut lumber, pulverize materials, move air, crush apples to make cider, run a machine...all possible.
Seed the Mind, Harvest Ideas.
I love weeping willow. I have one next to a grey water area but a creek would be so much better.
The willow stems are good for chewing when I have a headache and I also make a willow tea and water seedlings or things I am trying to root. Nice for making wreaths and baskets and tying things with as well.