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Rainwater Harvesting

with Bruce Kay and Colin McCarthy Butt

Join us at Early Dawn Farm for a day of immersive learning and hands-on experience with our exclusive Rainwater Harvesting Workshop, featuring local water harvesting expert and modern homesteader, Bruce Kay, and Colin McCarthy Butt, a Certified Permaculturist, Plumber, and Gas Fitter. Discover the art and science of rainwater harvesting as we delve into the five vital components: Catchment Area, Conveyance System, Storage System, Distribution System, and Filtration System.

Date: August 17th, 2024

Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $85 per person

Located at Early Dawn Farm

Registration: Spaces are limited, and it is first come first served. 

Workshop Overview:

  • Introduction to Rainwater Harvesting: Uncover the ecological benefits and understand the five key components: Catchment, Conveyance, Storage, Distribution, and Filtration.

  • Catchment Design with Bruce Kay: Learn to identify and design effective catchment areas, using real-world examples for inspiration.

  • Conveyance Systems with Colin McCarthy Butt: Explore various methods for efficiently transporting water, including a hands-on demonstration.

  • Storage Solutions: Discuss storage options, safety, and maintenance for long-term sustainability with insights from both experts.

  • Distribution Networks: Plan your system to meet water demands, seamlessly integrating with existing plumbing for optimal use.

  • Filtration for Quality: Delve into filtration systems to ensure water purity, with maintenance and troubleshooting tips.

  • Hands-On Building Session: Put theory into practice by building a small-scale rainwater harvesting system under expert guidance.

  • Expert Panel Q&A: Gain personalized advice and insights during our panel discussion.

  • Empowering Your Homestead: Concluding with a focus on community impact and next steps for participants.


This workshop is a must for anyone interested in empowering their homestead with sustainable water management. Join us for an enriching day of learning, practical application, and community connection.

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