Bring on the Rain

The rainwater collection system under construction.

Last week, our longtime partner Casa Buena Builders installed a brand-new rainwater collection structure at the Dexter Ave. Community Garden! The system uses a shelter with a 100-square-foot corrugated metal roof to channel water into a gutter that spills into an adjoining 250-gallon barrel. The barrel is situated slightly uphill of the garden plots; gravity will provide enough pressure to use a hose. Now, our gardeners at Dexter not only have a free replenishable water source, but also shade from the midday sun! The project was made possible by a grant from the USDA; another system is in the works for the Mystic Miner Community Garden as well.

If you’d like to learn how to set up a rain barrel for your own garden, come to our free workshop tomorrow evening from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the African Alliance Community Garden (32 Diamond St. in south Providence)! Click here for more info.

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