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In California and other regions affected by drought, agriculture is suffering from a lack of water and farms are being abandoned at an alarming rate. But some people have developed solutions to capture the rains that DO fall. In this state and in many other dry regions around the world, land restoration helps water penetrate healthy soils and in turn increase crop yields.

Even in dry areas, water which typically might run off, can be harvested and stored in tanks, ponds and swales. By using gabions, biodiversity, mulching, pioneer trees, wild and domestic animals, swale systems, check dams, fruit forests, keyline plows, compost teas and many other methods, it is possible to restore the soil and design new productive landscapes.



This film explores the work of Eric Ohlson, Geoff Lawton and other growers, permaculture designers and educators, showing how intentional design can benefit both humans and nature.

geoff lawton, california, abundance on dry land documentary


LOCATIONS: northern and southern California, Arizona and Jordan.
Directed and Edited by Jocelyn Demers
Produced by Monde Films
2015

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This looks interesting for our (usually) dry summers. Has anyone seen it yet?
 
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I was fairly non-plused when I first saw this.  But having watched the trailer they have the right approach (at least what speaks to me) that there is plenty of rain.  It is not what you get, but how much one keeps.  Right on.

I am in a dry land situation.  I have water rights and ground water at 55'; but cannot possible water enough to maintain a mature orchard.  Nature has to do what nature does.  I can help however.  I have seen a lot of Geoff's videos and have learned from them.  I am on a long overnight shift tonight, so ponied up the 10 spot.  Will review it tonight and share thoughts.
 
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Well done video.  It does a great job of covering all the topics and tools the permaculture community has developed to re-hydrate the land.  It is more of a survey than instructional or a deep look at each technique.  It would be great to share with those whom are new to the subject.  It is also visually pleasing enough to keep the information fresh for anyone whom has studied this before.

$10 bucks was worth it to me to support this educational effort.  If you get a chance, please give it a watch and introduce someone new to the ideas and techniques.  
 
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Jack Edmondson wrote:Well done video.  It does a great job of covering all the topics and tools the permaculture community has developed to re-hydrate the land.  It is more of a survey than instructional or a deep look at each technique.  It would be great to share with those whom are new to the subject.  It is also visually pleasing enough to keep the information fresh for anyone whom has studied this before.

$10 bucks was worth it to me to support this educational effort.  If you get a chance, please give it a watch and introduce someone new to the ideas and techniques.  



Thanks for the review!  

What I wouldnt give for 28" of rain!  we get just over 16".

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Rain is a four letter word to me. I like dry sunny places that get a lot of snow melt runoff for irrigation. That’s what makes the Columbia River watershed amazing to me.
 
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There are issues with the in the US western region at least. Haven't watched the film yet, just the trailer.
Technically in many western US states it's illegal to collect and store rain water due to outdated laws.
Water that lands on your property, doesn't really belong to you, it belongs to whomever owns the water rights from 100+ years ago.
I'll update or delete after I watch the whole film.
 
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I think it depends on the area and what kind of water harvesting you're doing. I know in Washington State and Oregon, it's legal--and encouraged--to harvest rainwater from roofs. Some county conservation districts even sell rain barrels alongside native plants.

Here's a pamphlet about rainwater harvesting in Oregon (https://www.oregon.gov/bcd/Documents/brochures/3660.pdf):

Because of the efforts in Oregon to conserve water, the Building Codes Division has approved the use of rainwater harvesting systems as an alternate method to the state plumbing code. Information about the rainwater harvesting statewide alternate method is available at www.bcd.oregon.gov.

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