Permaculture Pond Restoration

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2019: $7,240.00
Projected End Date: 02/28/2021
Grant Recipient: Purplebrown Farmstead
Region: North Central
State: Ohio
Project Coordinator:
Sasha Miller
Purplebrown Farmstead

Information Products


Not commodity specific


  • Animal Production: watering systems
  • Crop Production: water management
  • Education and Training: demonstration
  • Energy: wind power
  • Natural Resources/Environment: riparian buffers, wetlands
  • Production Systems: holistic management, permaculture

    Proposal summary:

    Our goals are to restore a debilitated man-made pond using permaculture design principles, and reintegrate it as a central part of the whole farm water management system.

    The pond, and connected drain tile, were originally installed with an outdated model for water management, which accelerates the flow of water downhill to the pond, into the near by ravine, and into the Cuyahoga River. Current status includes poor soil conditions, erosion, flood/drought cycle in the fields and in the pond, and loss of topsoil into the river. Our plan includes using biological and mechanical methods (in lieu of chemical treatment) to restore the oxygen level and ecological diversity in the pond, improve soil health around the edges of the pond and in the adjacent fields, and introduce these ideas to farmers and the community of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, where our farm, and our watershed are. The results will include: enhanced agricultural activity around the pond, enhanced wildlife habitat, and an innovative model for the community to learn water management.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    1. Rehabilitate the pond to support a healthy fish population.
    2. Stabilize the water flow in riparian buffer surrounding pond.
    3. Share findings during field days with farmers, Park staff and volunteers, and community.
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.