Hello, we are just getting started at Rancho San Martin in southern Baja California and i though we should share what we have so far and what is to come in the future. Currently the property consists of 20 hectares of which approx. 2 hectares are a cleared field the remaining 18 hectares is wild desert. We have put in a swale at the top of the field in order to capture the water that was running on to the property. We determined that the catchment area was approx. 30 hectares up slope of the field. Based off our 100 year rain event history and soil type and slope we went with a 4 meter wide by 1 meter deep swale. The swale is approximately 75 meters long with a 3 meter long spillway. Our calculations were based mostly off of Brad Lancasters books. We heavily seeded the berm of the the swale with a mixture of low water use plants including amaranth, papalo, sunflower, tapari bean, huauzontle, buffalo grass and basil seeds. Hopefully these will help to stabilize the berm during a rain event. Currently our plan is to have a alley cropping system consisting of 9 meter thick rows of leguminous/fodder trees( Leucaena, moringa and tagasaste) and 20 meter thick alleys of papaya production. Once the papaya form their canopy we plan on planting heat sensitive crops under to diversify plant production and increase yields per hectare. When the system is mature we should have about 5 rows of leguminous trees with 4 alleys of papaya production. For the initial stages of the project we have made enough compost to amend the first 20 meter alley of papaya. Our soil is very sandy with very little organic matter and making enough compost for the entire field seems impractical. In order to improve our soils we were planning on converting our alley cropping system to a silvopasture. Our plan is to graze livestock on the leguminous trees in order to build up nutrients and organic matter. Any input on this strategy?