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Merkin Orchards
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Dundee Dr, Jerome, Arizona, US
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Merkin Orchards

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Rural, Residential

Project Summary

Arid land zig-zagging multi-storied terraced orchard. 45 fruit and nut trees, no two varieties the same, on the North slope of a primary ridge descending from the East side of Mingus Mountain in Jerome, Arizona.

Project Description

This is a project that I completed when I had a design-build Permaculture business back in Arizona. If you look at the map, you can see the extensive terraced vineyards that we also installed on the South side of the hill, although I wouldn't identify them as "Permaculture" vineyards.

We took runnoff from the road running down the ridge and channelled it into these zig-zagging stone terraces planted with Fig, Almond, Peach, Pear, Plum, Apricot, Apple, Pomegranate, and Grape. We planted a diverse understory of N-fixers, natives, beneficial insect attractors, culinary and medicinal herbs.

We also built a constructed wetlands from an adjacent house's septic tank outflow which was then percolated under a portion of the orchard. The ornate stone work took 5 guys about 8 months to construct. It yields abundantly to this day. My pictures are not recent.Zig-zagging terraces
















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