Does anyone here have any resources [or advice] regarding Sepp Holzer style no-retaining-wall vegetated-embankment terraces for broadacre applications?
Sepp Holzer's Permaculture and the documentaries [and my google-fu regarding such a terracing method] seem to provide inadequate instruction, to me at least.
EDIT: it occurs to me the title might be misleading, I'm certainly not expecting a single article or video to teach this art [though that would be amazing] but rather just looking for additional resources to help me really grok how to accomplish it.
Location: Graham, Washington [Zone 7b, 47.041 Latitude] 41inches average annual rainfall, cool summer drought
I've come across something that might be of interest on the how-to of earthmoving. Nothing specific to terracing, but it has good drawings on using a dozer to cut benches (quasi-terraces) into a hill. Check out Section 2-15, starting on page 20, of the US Army Field Manual of Earthmoving Operations. Also has other chapters on using backhoes, loaders, etc. It's in the public domain and available here:
In that Dropbox, there's quite a bit of drawings and pictures. Of special interest, I found this pic here in the first folder, armenteras:
There's a good chance that the project plans for that picture are in the documents, but I haven't had a chance to take a look at everything. Also, everything's in German. As luck would have it, I do know some German, but I'm afraid my vocabulary is not bent towards ag or landscaping.
If you have a dig in the Dropbox and find something you think might be useful, send me the link please and I can try to decode it. I've got other things on my plate at the moment so have this on my 'later' list.
I too have questions on terracing. The biggest being: where do I start? At the top or at the bottom? I will be working on a steep, highly eroded slope, which gets flooded once a year in the springtime. Do I try to catch water at the top the first year, or at the bottom? I seriously doubt I can get it all done in one summer and fall as I will be using a shovel and pick axe.