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Trent Vegetable Gardens' ecological irrigation project
Aimee Blyth, the coordinator of Trent Vegetable gardens and student volunteers, are currently collecting rainwater in barrels to irrigate a small 1 acre garden at Trent University. Using this method, they do not collect enough water to irrigate the garden during periods without rain., Section 1: Introduction. Purpose. Importance of ecological irrigation. The current irrigation situation. About ecological irrigation. Key research goals. Major research findings -- Section 2: Water requirements -- Section 3: Options: Securing an adequate supply of water. Rainwater harvesting. Table 1: Average summer rainfall. Well water. Otonabee River. Pond -- Section 4: Options: Pumping water. Windmill pumping systems. Solar pumping systems. Sling pumping. Treadle pumping. Traditional diesel pump powered by vegetable oil -- Section 5: Options: Distribution. Drip irrigation. Pressurized drip irrigation. Gravity drip irrigation -- Section 6: Summary of research findings and recommendations. Water requirements. Securing an adequate supply of water. Pumping water. Distribution. Table 2: Estimated costs, major advantages, and major disadvantages of water options. Table 2: Continued. Table 3: Estimated costs, major advantages and major disadvantages of pumping options. Table 3: Continued. Table 4: Estimated costs, major advantages and major disadvantages of distribution options. Recommendations -- Section 7: References -- Appendices., by: Ryan Ogilvie and Bryce Sharpe., Date of Project Completion: December 2008., Completed for Trent Vegetable Gardens; Supervising Professor: Paula Anderson, Trent University; Trent Centre for Community-Based Education., Includes bibliographical references and appendices., ERST 334H, Environmental Resource Studies Department.

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