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Labbe-Watson Homestead
Labbe-Watson Homestead
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168 W. Meadow Rd, Rockland, ME, US
Climate zone:
Cold Temperate

Dee Clark Richard Larson
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Labbe-Watson Homestead

Project Type

Rural, Residential, Demonstration, Permaculture Local Group Transition Town Permablitz

Project Summary

One acre residential demonstration site

Project Description

We have a one acre homestead on the Southeast face of Benner Hill in Rockland Maine.  The observation period lasted close to two years.  The site included a house and shed when we bought it.  There is also a seasonal creek that flows in the spring and fall. 

The initial design challenge for me was the slope, until i saw Sepp Holzer's videos about earthworks.  Then the light went off for me.  I also realized that when you begin the implementation process for a site, before you commit to perennials like trees and shrubs, your foundational earthworks should be done first.  I rented a digger in July of 2010 and terraced off the slope.  Future earthworks projects will include ponds and rice paddies. 


Grading-mulching Aug 2010

Finish grading by hand. Mostly with a hoe.

Posted about 10 years ago (0 comments)

Cover crops Sept 2010

Finish grading, mulch & cover crops

Posted about 10 years ago (0 comments)

Terraces August 2010

Earthworks installed to catch & store energy

Posted about 10 years ago (0 comments)
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