RGCF Drip Project Receives Educational Funding

By May 1, 2010News

RGCF has received funding from the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education fund of Utah State University (Western SARE) to develop educational materials around the effective use of subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) under National Organic Plan Standards. RGCF is excited about the collaboration with Western SARE and the USDA to document and summarize our use of this state-of-the-art drip irrigation system. Water conservation is critical to the long term success of farming in the arid southwest. While SDI is an established technology used in many parts of the world, it is not widespread in organic agriculture. Through this grant, RGCF will demonstrate effective methods for using SDI without using harsh chemicals that are normally used in drip irrigation. At the end of the 2 year grant, RGCF will publish a monograph documenting all the strategies, materials and processes used to operate our SDI system under organic standards. Please call our office if you would like additional information.

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