April 4, 2014
Author and teacher Brad Lancaster, a rainwater harvesting expert, will make an appearance in Las Cruces for a presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main Street. The event is free and open to the public and donations will be accepted.
Lancasters presentation, Integrated Local Harvests: Simple and Effective Ways to Enhance the Natural Abundance of Your Home, Community, and the Larger World, will share methods to harvest, integrate and enliven free local resources such as rain, grey and stormwaters; sun, wind and shade; along with soil fertility, wild foods and community involvement.
His book, Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, will be available for purchase. A meet and greet with Lancaster begins at 6:30 p.m.
Lancaster is a permaculture teacher, designer and consultant. He designed integrated water harvesting and permaculture systems for homeowners and gardeners. In Arizona, Lancaster created a desert oasis on 1/8th of an acre that receives less than 12 inches of rain per year, and he harvests more than 100,000 gallons annually.
He also is co-founder of Desert Harvesters, an organization that promotes and raises awareness and use of locally native food sources, which can thrive on harvested natural rainfall and runoff without additional irrigation contributing to unsustainable groundwater depletion.
The Las Cruces City Council, Las Cruces Councilor Miguel Silva, Las Cruces Councilor Gil Sorg, Ruth Rose and family, Dona Ana County Extension office and Agriculture Agent Jeff Anderson and Dona Ana County Master Gardeners are sponsoring the event.
For more information contact the Dona Ana County Extension office at 575-525-6649.