April 17, 2018
One hot August day, we gave each of the kids a yogurt container, showed them where the drip line was and then asked them to scoop from the bucket and water the parched fruit trees.
One of the younger students filled her yogurt tub, wandered out to the middle of the orchard, and dumped her water on a dandelion.
I made no response, either verbally or physically. It took me a minute to realize that, to her, that plant needed water and watering plants was her mission.
Well, we have come a long way since then and we are close to having our gravity fed drip irrigation system in place, the final component of our water conservation project. We will be using and evaluating three different drip systems. Congratulations to Luke and Dylan for their fine brochure describing the entire water conservation project.
Volunteers have been researching everything from bolt strength to bending bamboo to head pressure for a given tank height. Perhaps the most physically challenging task to date has been driving 10-foot steel U posts with a 40-pound manual driver.
Most everything has been a new learning experience. We had some money in our budget to hire consultants but we were not able to find anyone experienced. Surely, there is another garden nearby where they are growing food with just rainwater and without any electricity?
The whole system should be up and watering by the time the dry season is upon us. Our plan is to have an open house in early August.
And, we are excited that the kids are coming back this summer to help water. Will they remember where the drip line is?