Going With the Flow – Making Water Work

Wildfire Fellowship Farm is committed to using sustainable farming practices in our operations. This commitment requires creative solutions to everyday problems on the farm.

One problem to overcome was how to get irrigation water to our crops. Our farm is located on a hillside with a spring fed water source near the bottom and growing beds up on the hill. Without running power lines, underground cable, or a generator how could we move the water?

 

A look at our spring fed well and solar panel array

A look at our spring fed well and solar panel array

Our solution was to move water up the hill to a holding tank with a solar-powered pump. When we irrigate our crops, water from the tank flows down hill by gravity to spigots located near our planting beds.

One of several yard hydrants that deliver our irrigation water.

One of several yard hydrants that deliver our irrigation water.

To conserve water we utilize drip irrigation. This method of irrigation delivers water to the roots instead of on the foliage.

 

Drip irrigation lines in a low tunnel.

Drip irrigation lines in a low tunnel.

This simple and elegant system delivers water to where we need it using only a little solar power and a lot of gravity.

 

 

 

 

 

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