During our initial meetings in Belize, it became clear that a high priority on the farm is responsible water management. The farm developed the 4S’s (store it, spread it, sink it, slow it) to guide its water management practices. While the farm is focused on the more macro forms of responsible water management, our focus is more micro and plant centered.
We incorporated the 4S’s in devising approaches that would work on the plant level. Specifically, we proposed that the farm use a combination of char wells and char trenches as a long-term approach to store, spread, sink, and slow storm water that Mother Nature provides–when she provides it.