Last winter’s heavy rains took a toll on Sand Hill Farm. After drying out over the summer, our team toured the property in August to decide how to best tackle this winter. The treatments they decided to implement included stabilizing berms, excavating sediment basins, recontouring gullies, extending outlet pipes and one inlet pipe, installing rock energy dissipaters at pipe outlets, and installing fiber blankets in areas especially prone to gully formation.
In the photos below you’ll see staff, contract labor, the California Conservation Corps and neighbors taking part in the restoration. They installing 95,400 square feet of coconut fiber erosion control blankets, spreading 256 rice straw bales and 1,000 lbs of Merced Rye seed on roads and other areas of exposed soil. This project should be completed by the end of November.
To stabilize soil, staff, volunteers and California Conservation Corps members planted 1,500 acorns in time to receive rain water. On September 15th 2017 ESF hosted at Sand Hill Farm a gathering and walk with about 15 neighbors. We discussed our vision for future management, including establishing a small organic farm and received their input.
As you can see this property is a massive project, expected to take at least 10 years. Your continued support is needed and appreciated.
We also have 2 upcoming events at Sand Hill Farm – Join us to learn more and help us plant some acorns!