This past Friday, Education Outside corps members spent a gorgeous day outdoors at Mission High School for a hands-on workshop, led by Kat Sawyer, on establishing rainwater catchment systems in schools. We started the day with an introduction to the My Farm Project and MHS Garden by Mission’s very own garden coordinator, Rachel Vigil. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, you can take a look along Church Street (between 17th and 18th street) at one of the three amazing edible garden spaces on campus.
After the introduction, Kat then led us through the SFUSD permitting process, provided examples of common catchment systems used in schools, and discussed tool safety for the day. For the rest of the morning corps members and fellow garden coordinators from outside of the corps program came together to work on leveling the ground for the tank, assembling the gutter system, and creating the redwood frame for the roof. The roof of MHS’s rainwater catchment system was designed to be on top of the P.E. storage container, which will also help to prevent water from leaking into the container on rainy days. Here are some photos from the day’s service-learning project. You can also check our AFY’s own rainwater catchment system here, which was completed in 2011.