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What is Hugelkultur?

I recently went to a local talk called “Regenerative Landscapes and the Climate Crisis.”  It was at a private home where water capture was in evidence everywhere.
The front yard has a large berm parallel to the sidewalk and sloping down toward the house, and it has been recently planted.
In the back yard the homeowners installed a rain chain from a corner of the garage.  This slows some of the water coming off of the roof so that more can enter the water table underground.
There is also a large swale and multiple hugelkultur mounds there in the backyard.  I wanted to share my experience and what I learned about hugelkulture.
Here is what I found as far as the definition of these landscape elements similar in some ways to swales.  “Hugelkultur are no-dig raised beds with a difference. They hold moisture, build fertility, maximize surface volume, and are great spaces for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs.”
The talk I attended took place in the garage, which had been turned into a multi-purpose room.  The speakers were Shawn Maestretti and Leigh Adams, who were both featured in the LA Times recently for their work with water and soil.
The other attendees and I learned about the climate crisis and how regenerative landscapes can sequester carbon from the atmosphere.  It was inspiring.
We also learned that Shawn and Leigh work with volunteers on building hugelkulture. You can get your hands dirty while you learn all about it. Visit
by Sylvia Holmes

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