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

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Water harvesting swales before seeding
Water harvesting swales before seeding

Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA

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Native seeding with temporary irrigation
Native seeding with temporary irrigation

Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA

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Water harvesting swales after seeding
Water harvesting swales after seeding

Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA

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

Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA

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

Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA

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

Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA

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

Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA

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Water harvesting swales after seeding
Water harvesting swales after seeding

Santa Fe County, New Mexico, USA

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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