Anaya Spring, NM – 2005

Joel Glanzberg, Permaculturalist, led the Land Arts program in a site restoration workshop at Anaya Spring, NM. We first divided into groups to research the flora and fauna, geology, cultural history, and soil quality of the site. With that information in hand, Glanzberg led a discussion of what intervention we could make to help improve the biological diversity of the site. The decision reached by the group was to build catchments on contours to hold water and soil using the recent die off of pinyon trees as a source of material. The students again divided into groups with some laying lines on the hillside, other harvesting material and others building the catchments. The completed series catchments is now holding water at the top of the hillside allowing grass to reestablish itself on previously barren slope.

Permaculturist Joel Glanzberg leads a water catchment/hillside restoration project in the Galisteo Basin watershed


Jennifer Garlick
Anaya Spring, NM
August 25, 2005

The “Springs” of Anaya Springs refers to the water that is several hundred feet below the ground we are sleeping on. We are only less than an hour away from Albuquerque and all has been transformed in the last few days. Time is no longer registered by the hands of a clock, rather by the heat of the sun and the sound of the dinner clang or breakfast yell. We finished our permaculture piece today and we are all caked in dirt and pinon. All eyes watch the campfire and drift into exhaustion. Smiles spread.

Students research site geology, flora and fauna, & cultural history in first stage of design process

Joel draws topo lines on the site

Nick Pena and Jennifer Garlick working with a water level

Students construct on contour catchments using dead pinyon from the site

Finished catchment

Solar Oven initial test phase