Soil assessment for a new regenerative agriculture / sustainable living project

Today we investigate soil conditions on a high desert property so we can turn it into a sustainable living, regenerative agriculture property. This land has been overgrazed for a century, and features some historic land works intended to improve its productivity that may prove useful in our project.

In video topic links:

0:29 Dave’s goal and ambitions for the land
1:30 Unique aspects and challenges of Dave’s project
2:24 A typical overgrazed landscape
2:43 Water harvesting opportunities
2:54 Similarities to the Tucson swales
3:48 Looking for patterns, finding a gold mine
4:29 Example of an earlier earthwork feature and its effect
5:26 Comparing soils near the grove of trees, and away from the grove
5:45 Soil inside the grove
8:19 Soil outside the grove
11:36 Thee 5 step design process

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In less than 10 years, Rob & Michelle Avis left Calgary’s oil fields and retooled his engineering career to help clients and students design integrated systems for shelter, energy, water, waste and food, all while supporting local economy and regenerating the land. He’s now leading the next wave of permaculture education, teaching career-changing professionals to become eco-entrepreneurs with successful regenerative businesses. Learn more and connect with Rob & Michelle at

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