AG AND OUTDOORS BRIEFS
Conserving water and saving on water bills is a challenge we all face. One way to do this is through harvesting rainwater. It's an old concept with new value in a time of water shortages and droughts.
Efficient water use is increasingly important to Texas. With the state's growing population and limited supply of groundwater and surface water, Texans must use water wisely. Rainwater harvesting is an innovative approach anyone can use.
The Rockdale Forum will present "Rainwater—How to Catch It and Use It" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27 at the Patterson Center. The program will be presented by specialists who will provide information about rainwater harvesting, and easy steps on how to begin harvesting rain for yourself.
Rainwater harvesting captures, diverts and stores rainwater for later use.
The easiest way to use stored rainwater is for landscaping. In many communities, 30 to 50 percent of the total water is used for landscaping irrigation. If that demand for a limited natural resource can be reduced, everyone benefits.
Harvesting rainwater offers many benefits:
• Saves you money by reducing your water bill.
• Reduces demand on the municipal water supply or your home well water.
• Makes efficient use of a valuable resource.
• Reduces flooding, erosion, and the contamination of surface water with sediments, fertilizers and pesticides in rainfall runoff.
Farm, food leadership conference Sept. 14-15 in San Antonio
Join consumers, farmers, ranchers, non-profit leaders and foods activists for the Third Annual Farm and Food Leadership Conference, Sept. 14 and 15 in San Antonio.
This event will feature speakers on issues critical to both farmers and consumers, including food safety bills in Congress, raw milk, genetically modified foods, National Animal ID, organic certification, climate change and community food access.
Attendees of the first two Farm & Food Leadership Conferences have also said that the conversations with their fellow attendees were a valuable part of the event. You will be surrounded by people who care about local food and independent agriculture, and who come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.
For more information or to register, go to http://farmandranchfreedom. org/content/ conference-2009
The event is sponsored by the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the Sustainable Food Center.