THE WATER PLANET: A Permaculture Approach to Water Management & Stewardship


THE WATER PLANET: A Permaculture Approach to Water Management & Stewardship


Water is the most vital resource within every ecology.  Understanding the functionality and flow of water throughout a landscape enables us to be better stewards of our environment by minimizing the erosion of our precious soil, and contamination of our rivers, oceans, and aquifers.  Our homesteads, farms, public lands, and residences can be oriented to collect, clean, and channel water through ecological design.  Water does not function independently, but instead travels throughout the ecology taking on various permutations as it is absorbed, collected, transpired, and evaporated by plants, animals, earth, and atmosphere.  During this weekend long intensive we will explore active and passive water management as we learn how to harness this life giving resource to regenerate degraded ecosystems, create drought proof farms and communities, and limit waste, erosion, and pollution of our natural resources.  Participants can expect to learn about the following subjects as we visit diverse locales within the Delaware River Watershed to examine first hand how water informs every aspect of our life and environment.

What you’ll learn in this course…

  • Assessing local hydrology   

  • Contour line and terrain mapping

  • Rainwater drainage & catchment

  • Managing watersheds to eliminate erosion

  • Streambank stabilization

  • Raised beds and swales

  • Keyline design

  • Pond construction

  • Pond ecology

  • Plants for water filtration & remediation

  • Plants for water retention in the landscape

  • Plants for drought prone landscapes

  • Rain Gardens

  • Irrigation systems for farm and residential use

Event Details…

  • Registration is required, No walk-ins please.
  • Cost: $150.00
  • DATE & TIME: Saturday & Sunday, September 8th & 9th, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday & Sunday.
  • LOCATION: Fields Without Fences & Various - 71 Barbertown Idell Rd., Frenchtown, NJ 08825
  • Course Instructors are Lindsay Napolitano & Johann Rinkens of Fields Without Fences
  • Breakfast refreshments are included with this course. Lunch is BYO.
  • Please dress weather appropriate & bring a water bottle.
  • Space for camping is available to out-of-town attendees
  • Please arrive 10 minutes early to check in.




Lindsay Napolitano is an herbalist, writer, and educator living and working within the fields and forests of the Delaware River Watershed. She is the co-founder of Fields Without Fences, under the auspices of which she cultivates and tends wild gardens and woodlands while growing and crafting plant medicine for her extended community. Combining a love of story, myth, metaphysics, and ecology, Lindsay weaves an inspired narrative throughout her teachings on the subjects of herbalism, permaculture, and agroecology. She is a practicing clinical herbalist and a writes professionally on subjects including herbalism, permaculture, and environmental renewal. Her work emerges out of a deep curiosity and reverence for the healing power of plants to positively transform our internal and external ecologies. You can usually find her outside, aiding and abetting the plants in their ceaseless quest for world domination.


Johann A. Rinkens is an ecological designer and experienced agriculturalist consulting and advising on regenerative land management. He is the co-founder of Fields Without Fences, and teaches extensively on the subjects of permaculture design and agroecology. His background in anthropology, agrarian land rights, and more than a decade of work in the field as an organic farmer, combine to inform his perspective on integrated, place based, and functional ecological design. Approaching landscapes from a restorative perspective, Johann is motivated by the inherent balance of natural systems, and an eagerness to continue to evolve his understanding to reflect that elegance of design.

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