Landscaping/Irrigation Hoop house

Published on April 12th, 2012 | by Heather Carr


Rainwater Collection on High Tunnels

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Rainwater collection on high tunnels can reduce irrigation costs significantly.  This video and seven-page fact sheet from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture shows just how to do it.

High tunnels look like those small hoophouses that gardeners use in their backyards to protect crops from the extremes of weather.  On larger farms, the hoophouses just get larger, too.

A half-inch of rain will produce approximately nine hundred gallons of water from a 30′ by 96′ high tunnel, making it well worth the effort and expense to install this system.

The video below shows the installation of the system.  The seven-page report is available here in pdf format.  The report includes a list of components for the system.

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Heather Carr loves food, politics, and innovative ways to make the world a better place. She counts Jacques Pepin and Speed Racer among her inspirations. You can find her on Facebook or Google+.

2 Responses to Rainwater Collection on High Tunnels

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  2. Very cool. It is amazing you were able to collect 900 gallons on only a half inch of rain.

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