Today at Howdy Farm, I learned how to install a drip irrigation system! At first, when I was told that this was the task for the day, I was intimidated. But it ended up being easier than expected! The drip irrigation system needed to be installed to work towards completion of our latest project- a rain garden. Our farm sits on a piece of land that is slightly slanted, and the intent of this rain garden is to catch rain water runoff and utilize it for the growth of flowers. This rain garden has been an eye opening concept, and has caused me to think more about how I can have a positive impact on the environment. It has also made me realize that no matter what cards you are dealt, you can make the most of it! No one asked to have the farm built on a slope!
Even though the rain garden is built to catch rain water runoff, it does not rain enough in Texas to ensure that the plants will be watered sufficiently just by rain water, so a drip irrigation system had to be installed. Drip irrigation systems are the most water efficient irrigation system because water drips slowly and directly to the roots of the plants, allowing water to be absorbed by the soil before it evaporates- eliminating water loss, and allowing the plants to use 100% of the water.
I felt most accomplished after learning how to push the hose and tubing JUST RIGHT in the tees and elbows so that it would would be functional and not fall out- it took some serious elbow grease! Overall, this was a wonderful learning experience- and I am so glad that I got to be a part of it!
Photo (above): Example of a drip irrigation system
Howdy! My name is Marissa Albers and I am a Nutritional Sciences major pursuing a minor in Horticulture. My passion lies with food and where it comes from! I would eventually love to work with food security by helping malnourished populations find sustainable solutions to their hunger and nutrient deficiencies. I am excited to learn about how to grow healthy, local produce and to help bridge the gap between the community of Bryan/College Station and their food source!