Harvesting

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How to Organize a Seed Swap

A jumpstart on the growing season with seed exchanges
Monday, February 9, 2015, 1:47 PM

Learn the steps necessary to organize and host a successful seed exchange / swap. Connect with other gardeners and community members who are passionate about building resilience and making things grow.

http://www.urbanfarmonline.com/sustainable-living/urban-community-building/how-to-organize-a-seed-swap.aspx

Also check out Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners as a wonderful resource to get you started on harvesting and saving your own seeds for your next exchange.

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A Rain Water Harvesting Methodology

Harvest and distribute for maximum field capacity
Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 2:34 PM

A different approach to rainwater harvesting and how to store this precious resource for your garden.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/article.aspx?id=2147504529

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Book Recommendation: Four-Season Harvest

Organic vegetables from your home garden all year long
Monday, September 24, 2012, 1:02 PM

A valuable resource to have on the bookshelf to give insight on how to grow food year-round, even in areas with hard winters and sub-zero temperatures. Now is the time to prep your fall and winter gardens and establish cold frames, row cover and greenhouses for the coming cold. 

Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long

Also check out the WSID article by Woodman, Extending the Harvest in Your Home Garden, to give you a jump start on your garden prep. » Read more

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christinehennessey.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-to-make-rain-barrel.html

Setting up a Rain Barrel System to Water a Garden

Perfect for raised beds and square-foot gardens
Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 1:06 PM

A wonderful DIY tutorial with beautiful pictures and excellent instructions for a rain barrel setup for watering a raised-bed garden. 

http://christinehennessey.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-to-make-rain-barrel.html

What Should I Do?

Rain flowing through a gutter

Rainwater Harvesting

Understanding how to capture and store rainwater
Friday, January 6, 2012, 6:21 PM

Water is essential to life, for we cannot exist without it. We are running short of fresh, clean water in many parts of the USA. That is also the case in many other countries. Those who live in the northeastern quadrant of the lower 48 states are generally in good shape for now, water-wise, though there may be local issues with clean water in places. But as you travel west of the Mississippi, average annual rainfall drops off sharply, particularly in the desert southwest, which includes portions of the Chihuahua, Sonora, and Mohave Deserts.

The situation is particularly foreboding in the Colorado River Basin. There are more demands for the water than the river can reliably supply. Las Vegas is vulnerable to a water emergency, as are Phoenix and Tucson. Thirsty Los Angeles gets drinking water from far away Northern California via the California Aqueduct. As the podcast from a few weeks ago highlighted, water management and access is becoming an ever-increasing concern for many parts of the country.  » Read more