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Goodness Gracious Swales Alive!

November 01, 2015 at 2:29 PM

When I was in the fitness business, before/after transformations sold the product.  It’s pretty much standard operating procedure in that industry.  It goes something like… “Have a look at Joe before. He’s bummed, he’s out of shape”… then WHAM – here’s this same person after 90 days of our program.  “Joe is ripped, bouncing with energy and happy to be alive…  Now buy our product and you too can do the same.”

Trust me, I’ve seen how the sausage is made – that’s the summary of every fitness marketing campaign in the world.

The story here is a little different, but I’m just as excited (maybe more) about this before/after scenario as in the days I was schlepping fitness equipment.  The only difference now is that this is about trees, and I’m not making a red cent off of sharing this with you!  

I’m consistently blown away at the effect these permaculture swales are having on our landscape.  In just 18 months of functioning, I’m seeing remarkable impacts on everything on the property.  The black locust trees we planted in rows in the fields are achieving expected growth rates for the species.  Most have grown between 3-6 feet in the 18 months since we planted them.   

We planted a small section of the exact same species on the exact same day, only these were on the down-slope side of a swale.  These trees have grown 12-15plus feet in the same timeframe.  WOW is about all I can say.  This is a before/after scenario reminiscent of my fitness days touting the benefits of the – “latest revolutionary/patented/secret (insert name here) body transformation system.”

Now you too can see the same results putting permaculture swales all over your land… it’s as easy as just sending me payments as low as $29.95 per month for the next five years… HA!

Happy discoveries – and have fun with learning!

Category: Building a Sustainable Farm


5676 Faircrest ST SW, Canton, OH 44708    |    330-412-2544    |    info@zoefarms.com
Farm hours:  Friday and Saturday 9am - 6pm or by appointment