How do the garden's rain barrels work?

The garden has two 55-gallon rain barrels that harvest rainwater collected from the roof of the building during rainstorms.

The rain barrels provide multiple benefits:

  • They conserve water by storing it to use on plants when they need it
  • They limit stormwater runoff during a storm surge
  • They help prevent contaminants from entering local waterways
  • They help reduce erosion issues and keep water away from the building's foundation

Based on the size of an average roof, a 1" rainfall could fill approximately 10 55-gallon rain barrels!

Learn more about rain barrels.

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1. Who will benefit from the food grown in the garden?
2. Who will care for the garden?
3. What components are necessary for a healthy garden?
4. Where did the garden's raised beds come from?
5. How do the garden's rain barrels work?
6. How does the garden's irrigation system work?
7. What can be grown in the garden?
8. How long do certain crops take to grow?
9. What is "overwintering" and why is it important?
10. Where can I learn more about the YMCA Community Food Garden?
11. What is the Lawns to Lettuce Program?
12. How can I learn more about the Lawns to Lettuce Program?
13. What do I need to consider if I want to start a community food garden?