Rock Star's Vineyard and Orchard steps up the side of a steep slope in the high desert of Arizona at 5000' elevation. This project involved the design and construction of several acres of terraces, and took 2.5 years to complete.
 
Challenge: Stablize a steep slope and set up a system for efficient movement and workflow on that terrain.
 
Solutions: Construct on-contour terraces using on-site rock and amend soils for over 700 vines planted in vineyard. In orchard, construct zig-zagging terraces to infiltrate runoff and super-hydrate planting areas during rain storm events.
 Project Lead: Andrew Millison

High desert Terraced Vineyard & Orchard

Jerome, Arizona USA

Designing for resource abundance by creating regenerative landscapes, resilient communities, and local living economies