- Education and Training: farmer to farmer
- Production Systems: integrated crop and livestock systems
A rainwater catchment system was implemented to irrigate organic vegetables.
The water rainwater collection areas were two adjacent buildings. One building was a barn which is 55 feet x 60 feet on the north roof where the water was to be collected. The other building was a machine shed which is 25 feet x 72 feet on the south roof where water will be collected.
The main objective of the project was to demonstrate a water conservation method that saves costs and contributes to an economically viable vegetable farm.
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Goal 1: Rainwater Harvester project will pay for itself in savings accumulated during ten years.
Goal 2: Rainwater Harvester project will improve the public’s identification with the farm as using sustainable practices which will result in increased sales of organic vegetables.
Goal 3: Rainwater Harvester will lead to the public feeling increasingly interconnected with nature’s systems and the development of holistic thinking about the positive impact of humans farming sustainably.
Goal 4: Rainwater Harvester systems will become better understood by the public.