The cultivated world of Sand River
SAND RIVER HABITAT, FALL 2020
Here's a taste of our Sand River landscape in autumn. The images were taken over two afternoons, starting just after our HALLOWEEN OUTDOOR CLEANUP and ending not long before a drastic temperature drop and major winter storm arrived very early the third day.
Sand River takes a sustainable, pollinator-friendly approach in our relationship to the natural living world. We "leave the leaves" to provide winter mulch for the garden and habitat for birds and wildlife, as well as to protect pollinators and other beneficial insects.* Consequently, our autumn cleanup focuses on tending and tidying our compost operation, gathering enough leaves for the compost, and watering trees in this time of drought.
*For more information, see https://xerces.org/blog/leave-the-leaves
WEST DITCH PROJECT, 2018
Jimmy Baca works closely with Sand River's Landscape Team, fulfilling an essential role in improving and maintaining our landscape. He appears here in the west drainage, where he recently completed an upgrade by embedding straw bale wicks into the swale to slow, sink, and spread water flow during a rain.