Rain Barrel Program Due to an outpouring of interest in the Oakland Rain Barrel Program, the City has exhausted its funds for subsidized rain barrels and the program is now officially closed. We appreciate your interest in rainwater harvesting. Please email us if you’d like to add your name to our mailing list to receive information on future availability of rain barrels, should new funding become available. Thank you for being a good water steward! How to Get Your Rain Barrel (for residents who have already placed their order) Store Pick Up: You can pick up your tank at the Urban Farmer Store, once you have received confirmation that your tank is available and in stock. Due to the overwhelming demand, most tanks will arrive about 45 days from the order date. The Urban Farmer Store is open M-F 7:30-5, Sat 9-5 and is located at 2121-C San Joaquin St, Richmond, just off the freeway between I-80 and I-580. Their phone is (510) 524-1604. Home Delivery: If you prefer home delivery, the cost is $30 for tanks less than $205 gallons and $60 for tanks over 205 gallons. Rain Barrel Distribution Events–West Oakland For residents picking up rain barrels, distribution events will now occur every Saturday from 11 am – 1 pm at American Steel Studios at 1960 Mandela Parkway in West Oakland. **You must have a scheduled appointment to pick up your tank, so please call the Urban Farmer store to make arrangements (510) 524-1604. Note: 620 gallon tanks must be picked up at the Urban Farmer Store in Richmond and will not be available at the American Steel Studios site. Upcoming Workshops An in-depth rainwater installation workshop is being offered Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 1-4pm at Skyline High School. Please email us if you want to sign up. If you wish to be notified of future rain barrel workshops or events email us. Factors to consider when choosing your rainwater catchment system: Before you install – Plan your system so it does not cause erosion or allow water to concentrate near structures or another person’s property. For design assistance, contact a professional such as a landscape contractor, architect or engineer. See Information & Resources below, for a list of local rainwater resources & professionals. Soils – A variety of factors including slopes, soil types, high groundwater & stability may limit or prevent the use of certain capture systems. Soils range from having a high sand content to a high clay content, & therefore filter water at different rates. Consult with a professional to determine your soil type & the rainwater systems appropriate for your property. Mosquitoes – When implemented correctly, rainwater catchment systems do not allow mosquitoes to breed. Ensure that water infiltrates into the ground within five days or stored water is sealed & screened to prevent mosquito access. For more information, contact theAlameda County Mosquito Abatement District.
Download the product overview PDF (includes pricing).Please right click, select ‘Save As’ Evapotranspiration is a simple concept that can save you money when it is applied to landscape irrigation. Smart new ET controllers use it to enable lush, thriving plants while reducing water usage by 20-50 per cent. This is the biggest breakthrough for landscape water conservation since the introduction of drip irrigation over 30 years ago. Evapotranspiration is the amount of water that is lost from the soil through evaporation and plant use. As the days get longer and warmer from March to August, E.T., or the plant’s need for water, gradually increases. Besides the length of day, temperature, humidity, and rainfall all are factored into watering schedules. When rain usually ends in March, irrigation controllers traditionally are turned on and then left running on a preset schedule until well into the fall when it begins raining again. This schedule waters too much on some days and not enough on others, either wasting water or causing plant stress. More efficient irrigation scheduling would read just the system run times to match the changing plant water needs daily, and would water less as days get cooler and shorter in the fall. E.T. irrigation controllers re-adjust themselves automatically as often as needed without manual reprogramming by using three sources of information: 1. Built in logic has solar radiation values for every micro climate, permanently stored onboard in memory, by postal zip code or latitude. 2. Entered data about each zone to be watered: soil type, plant type, irrigation type (sprinklers or drip), and slope. 3. Real-time data from on-site sensors or wireless E.T. weather data service enabling fast response to unexpected storms or heat waves. To deliver on these revolutionary water-saving promises, E.T. controllers require correct set-up with site & product specific input. After they are correctly installed and programmed, these controllers operate trouble free, delivering only the amount of water needed by the plants every day, through the wet and dry season, without waste. The Urban Farmer Store is a trained, certified, and authorized distributor of Hunter Solar Sync, Hunter ET System, Weathermatic’s Smart-Line®, Irritrol’s Smart Dial® ET controllers, Aquairus Acclima & etWater Contractors and homeowners can learn how to properly set up these controllers from the Urban Farmer Store. Marin Municipal Water District and EBMUD may offer rebates and incentives directly to water customers who install these E.T. controller. Check the EBMUD or MMWD Marin Municipal Water District websites for detials.
Welcome!Here you can view past issues of our customer e-newsletters. Each issue contains helpful information on products and services from The Urban Farmer Store. February 2012 Newsletter (2/2/2012) January 2012 Newsletter (1/20/2012) December 2011 Professional Newsletter (12/14/2011) November 2011 Newsletter (11/21/2011) October Professional Newsletter (10/2/2011) September 2011 Newsletter (9/9/2011) August 2011 Professional Newsletter (8/1/2011) July 2011 Professional Newsletter (7/6/2011) June 2011 Professional Newsletter (6/1/2011) Quarterly Newsletter – June 2011 (6/1/2011) May 2011 Professional Newsletter (5/2/2011) April 2011 Newsletter (4/1/2011) March 2011 Newsletter (2/25/2011) Quarterly Newsletter – March 2011 (2/25/2011) February 2011 Newsletter (2/1/2011) January 2011 Newsletter (1/4/2011) December 2010 Newsletter (12/2/2010) November 2010 Newsletter (11/1/2010) October 2010 Newsletter (10/1/2010) Quarterly Newsletter – September 2010 (9/1/2010) September 2010 Newsletter (9/1/2010) August 2010 Newsletter (7/30/2010) July 2010 Newsletter (7/1/2010) Quarterly Newsletter – June 2010 (6/1/2010) June 2010 Professionals Newsletter (6/1/2010) May 2010 Professionals Newsletter (5/1/2010) April 2010 Professionals Newsletter (4/1/2010) March 2010 Professionals Newsletter (3/1/2010) Quarterly Newsletter – March 2010 (3/1/2010) February 2010 Professionals Newsletter (2/1/2010) January 2010 Professionals Newsletter (1/1/2010)