Orchard Irrigation with Water Harvesting Swales

Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA

Water harvesting swales before seeding
Water harvesting swales before seeding

Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA

Water harvesting swales before seeding
Water harvesting swales before seeding

Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA

Native seeding with temporary irrigation
Native seeding with temporary irrigation

Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA

Water harvesting swales after seeding
Water harvesting swales after seeding

Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA

Water harvesting swales and ponding after seeding
Water harvesting swales and ponding after seeding

Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA

Water harvesting swales and ponding after seeding
Water harvesting swales and ponding after seeding

Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA

Water harvesting swales and ponding after seeding
Water harvesting swales and ponding after seeding

Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA

Water harvesting swales and ponding after seeding
Water harvesting swales and ponding after seeding

Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA

Water harvesting swales after seeding
Water harvesting swales after seeding

Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA

Challenge: 
Create a lush orchard in the dry and high desert of Northern New Mexico.
 
Solution:
Build water harvesting swales that have the potential to infiltrate 8,000,000 gallons of water per year.
 
Project Lead: Jeremiah Kidd