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Rainwater Harvesting with Rain Barrels

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Rain barrels provide a great way to capture rainwater from your roof, and store it for later use. Join us for an informative afternoon in exploring how to capture, store, and utilize this amazing resource.

We'll explore what features to look for in a rain barrel, and their proper maintenance throughout the year. Mary has three different types of rain barrels, and she will discuss her experiences with each of them. We’ll also discuss and how to set them up for the easiest use, whether your have gutters/downspouts or not.

Time permitting, we’ll walk through the process of setting up a drip irrigation systems from a rain barrel to your gardens, and look at how Mary uses her barrels to water her various gardens.

By the end of the workshop, you will know what type of barrel is right for you, and whether purchasing, or building your own barrel (and how to do it) is the right choice for you.

The price for this workshop is on a sliding scale of $5-15, payable at the workshop.

Mary is a certified permaculture designer and University of Maine Master Gardener. Mary has worked with municipalities and water districts to create rain barrel programs, and has spoken at numerous events promoting the use of rain barrels in both Maine and New Hampshire. Her current collection of barrels resides at eight (although one technically belongs to her 7 year old son!).


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