Conclusion of Pigtown Food for Thought Water Project – United States

This project has been completed under the direction of Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Charlotte Keniston. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to install a rainwater catchment system to provide water for the needs of the participants in the community garden.

Charlotte reports:

The rain barrels are installed and catching us lots of water!

Because our garden is located on a vacant lot, we did not have access to a spigot or downspouts from a house gutter system, so we were required to run city water through a hose from around the block. With the project funds we were able to purchase two rain barrels and taps and two rain funnels, which work together to create a free-standing water catchment system.

The system works amazingly, and we haven’t had to use supplemental water at all yet this year!

The project directly benefits the 45 participants in the program by improving the yield from the garden and decreasing the time needed to tend to the crops. In addition, the entire community benefits from available produce and a place of pride to the neighborhood.

Thank you so much for supporting our community garden in this way!

We are grateful to Charlotte for completing this project and showing us a new technology. It represents the first time Water Charity has supported a project in the United States led by a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. The Third Goal of the Peace Corps is to demonstrate the impact of Peace Corps here at home. Charlotte exemplifies how this can be accomplished, by bringing her experience in Guatemala back to help the residents of Baltimore.

We also wish to thank the donors who have contributed to date.