Irrigation Groundswell Farm
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Polk St. WellHand pounded with surface pump
GH Well5 gal./minBuried line to wash stationHH WellDon’t useExtremely high ironWash Station Well2016!Slide3
Annually for OG cert.More for food safety?
Kent County Health Dept.Need “Non-detect” for E coliStepsFill out paper workE coli bottle has powder in bottomFood for E coli – don’t spill!Wash handsWash tap or outlet with bleach
Run tap or spigot for 5 minutes
Put in Styrofoam container
Immediately drive to Kent County Health Dept. (Fuller north of 196)Slide4
Extend in 2016?
PVC PipesPurple StuffPVC CementSlide5
When to water
Seeds before germinationNew transplants
In droughtEntire field!24 Hours a daySlide6
When to water?
Crops for overnight watering
Celery, potatoes, peas, lettuce, sweet potato, onion, leek, shallot, bean, celeriac, garlic, scallion, squash (unless mildew), fennel, parsley, chard, tomatillosSlide7
oil moisture at Quincy St.
Quincy St.If 3+ inches in 24 hours
Macatawa River spills into fields Block culvert from incoming waterFood SafetyTill in crops in contact with water unless:Never eaten rawEdible portion above flood lineNot yet floweringFlood Prep
Vehicles, Tractors, Implements & Rototiller moved
Transplants on tables
Electricity off to GH, HH, white cooler, etc. (wash?)
Wheel Hoes to dry & loosen soil
Plant quick-growing crops to replace lossSlide9
at Polk St.
2 Hr. Micro for:
HH, small plantings, seeds before germination, 4 – 8 Hr. Large Sprinklers for:Large plantings of germinated seeds, transplants & mature cropsSlide11
Potable Hoses for wash stationRed for GH & Hose Reel
Green for other usesSlide12
Lay by handPlastic MulchAutomatically laid out by plastic mulch layerSlide13
Once per day
1 to 3 passes thru GH temperature sun vs. cloudSkip wet trays for 1st and/or 2nd passDrench dry trays in 1st
Train workers twice, by 2 different peopleSlide14
Micro sprinklers best
Large sprinklers hit wallsWinterAlmost none neededWater at planting time once or twiceExcess humidity common Roll up sides to let out moistureSummerSlide15
Watering at Planting
Hose to mainline
Plants well-watered & loaded onto
line, Scissors, Knives, Stakes, Pounder, Pins or soil bagsSlide16