The ground is a mite soggy but that didn’t deter organizers and fans of Rodgers Ranch Urban Farm from grabbing a shovel and doing a little digging in Pleasant Hill on Sunday.
Off-gridders and out-of-the-box thinkers always looking for a new and better way have been learning on the job this past week as friends of the farm gathered to install a demonstration rain catchment system in the hope that homeowners can see how easy it is to capture all that precious rainwater sluicing off our roofs.
Supporters (and, yes, we’ve done this ourselves and it works) have spent their Sundays digging collector swales and trenching and hooking up gutters and downspouts to a daisy-chained array of 55-gallon drum cisterns.
And those who have been without water for their rapidly browning landscaping know it’s nice to have a backup supply around when you need it. It’s not just great for gardeners (seeds and seedlings germinate faster and healthier plus compost and vermicompost responds faster and with higher concentrations of good bacteria and fungi) but its also an invaluable source of emergency water in case of earthquake or extended power outages.
Being “Plan B”-types ourselves, we understand the approach.