Drip Irrigation for the Third World Kitchen Garden
Richard Chapin, Executive Director, Chapin Living Waters Foundation, 364 N Colorado Ave, Watertown, NY 13601 and William Chapin, President, Chapin Living Waters Foundation, 364 N Colorado Ave, Watertown, NY 13601.
Abstract: After drip irrigation for greenhouses was introduced in 1960, it spread rapidly to commercial field crops. In the nineteen seventies Richard Chapin introduced Bucket Kit drip irrigation. This concept has grown so that Chapin Living Waters Foundation is now partnering with more than 2,000 organizations in over 150 countries where millions are threatened with starvation. Bucket Kits make it possible for the poorest of the poor to grow vegetables when there is no rain. If a lady can get 10 gallons of water daily, she can grow enough vegetables in her kitchen garden for a small family . A 5-gallon bucket, mounted one meter above the soil, provides sufficient pressure. Container loads of Bulk Materials are sent to third world countries to be assembled into individual Bucket Kits. CLWF has held Workshops and Seminars in many countries to train trainers to teach others to use Bucket Kits.