Landscapes, Trees, and Plants
People Served

What is your wish for this project?

Our school is built on a hill and we observed a lot of runoff being wasted: it flows down the hillside (bypassing our garden), into the parking lot to a storm drain. We want to build 3 bioswales to help capture the water and hold it for growing edible plants. We hope to educate others about the importance of catching rainwater in an urban setting. We also hope to expand our school garden with minimal irrigation.

How did it go?

I had the students break up into teams and visit different locations on the campus to explore and map our watershed. We then used the data to design and build a swale and berm system on the downhill slope leading to our farm beds. Over the remainder of the year, the students (and parent volunteers) planted a number of fruit trees, native trees and shrubs and succulents. The swales worked beautifully to capture the runoff from the rain events we experienced this year. Everyone involved seemed more