Stand Alone Rainwater Harvesting System
Towards a drought resistant tomato crop
by RainSaucers Inc. on July 14th, 2011

These are no ordinary tomatoes. They are drought resistant tomatoes because they have a RainSaucers system in waiting for whenever it doesn't rain. In rainy weeks, they are watered naturally, of course. On non-rainy weeks, they are watered with previously harvested rainwater, collected on-site. Our goal with this is experiment is to demonstrate the potential for a RainSaucers system to completely address the water needs of a small plot farmer.

In the US, we know the urban intensive farming movement is desperate to make this work because city water is generally too hard (e.g. too much calcium) for commercial farming. Likewise, in developing countries, such a system could help poor farmers earn more money by upgrading some of their fields from low return corn to high return tomatoes.

We'll let you know how our experiment goes!


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