AZ Public Media has produced another story on Dunbar/Spring Neighborhood and our rainwater harvesting efforts, this time focused on the Tucson Rain Jar Project. Click on this story to see the video or go here to see the article on AZ Public Media.
RAIN HARVESTING: Harvesting rain is a passion for many residents living in the Dunbar Spring neighborhood, north of downtown Tucson. Brad Lancaster and his neighbors share a few innovative ways to make the most of the rain that does fall in the desert. They also offer compelling perspectives on why rainwater harvesting is so important.
Over the Summer, with a small grant and help from Ironwood Tree Experience (and many neighborhood volunteers), a group of residents was able to fix several serious and ongoing issues plaguing the community garden.Our initial efforts were to clean up garbage, weeds, and invasive bermuda grass. Our second effort was to fix irrigation problems. We spent a very long day digging trenches and replacing…
Brad Lancaster describes the strip of vegetation beside the sidewalk outside his Tucson, Arizona home as “an orchard and a pharmacy.” The desert ironwood tree has peanut flavored seeds and blooms that make a delicious salad garnish. Creosote is good for athlete’s foot. Chuparosa has a red flower that tastes like cucumber. The barrel cactus’s yellow fruit can be used for chutneys or hair…
Water-harvesting, traffic-calming chicane clean up party - this Saturday, August 10 at 8am. Meet at the intersection of 9th Ave and 1st Street. Bring water, pruning shears, and gloves.We will work together to spruce up some of our streets' chicanes and circles. Brad Lancaster will show you how to identify the plants we want to keep (native wildflowers, native grasses, and good…