Rainwater Harvesting System for Organic Farming
A rain water collection system for the Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming(GCUOF) has been designed to meet the irrigation demands of the farm 9 out of 10 years. The design uses no municipal services or electrical energy and collects rain water on site using an elevated catchment ”funnel” along the southern edge of the farm. Drip irrigation is used to water the crops. Water is stored during the winter months in the greenhouse for irrigation. Best farming practices for water conservation are assumed to be used along with dilligence on the farmer's part. The initial cost of the system is estimated to be $26000.