Water Harvesting & Terrace Building Workshop at Chelenzo Farms

Field Day at Chelenzo Farms: Water Harvesting Earthworks

On Saturday, August 6th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Chelenzo Farms hosted its first field day on water harvesting earthworks in Cerrillos, NM! It was a hands-on, experiential opportunity led by our conservation partner and Soil Health Champion Jan-Willem Jansens of Ecotone Landscape Planning. We built terraces and other earthworks (zuni bowls, one rock dams, etc), while learning how to maximize water infiltration and minimize erosion.

→ Learn about one rock dams and zuni bowls in this Erosion Control Field Guide by Quivira Coalition and Watershed Artisan (in English and en Español)

A very good friend of Chelenzo's (Chelsea & Lorenzo), Institute of Culinary Education Teacher Chef Pablo Sanchez from NYC, will be stayied with us the week prior to the workshop and cooked a gourmet lunch for all the participants! Please see his bio below, along with the bio of our esteemed workshop leader, conservationist Jan-Willem Jansens!

This event was hosted in partnership with Ecotone Landscape Planning, the New Mexico Healthy Soil Working Group, and the Seeding Regenerative Agriculture Project.

A few photos from our first field day at Chelenzo Farms, August 6, 2022