It may seem excessive but self-sufficient Block isn’t just tending to an ordinary residential garden. His goal is to completely irrigate, for an entire year, an acre of land at his Monte Sereno, California, home that he uses for food production. Block hopes to collect enough rainwater during rainy season with his system of four giant holding tanks and special gutters so that using non-rainwater on his crops isn’t even an option during the rest of the year.
Says Block, who views his set-up as a “patriotic act” with geo-political significance:
We sized our system according to how much water we’d need to grow enough trees, fruits and vegetables for two people. We get about 15 inches of rain, and we live on an acre of land, so that works out to about 20,000 gallons of irrigation water per year.
Via [LA Times]
Photos: Robert Lenney
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