Planting the Rain with Brad Lancaster

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Brad Lancaster joins the Water Values to discuss permaculture and rainwater harvesting. Brad tells us how he got involved in the permaculture community and harvesting rainwater and greywater. Brad also goes into great detail about the method he uses to “plant the rain,” which is used in his rain gardens to irrigate soil, plants, and trees. He also explains how the soil helps filter out toxins from greywater to keep us safe and healthy, but also transforms those toxins in the greywater into a valuable fertilizing resource for the plants. Brad talks about how other communities across the country are adopting the use of greywater and rainwater harvesting and how he’s working with them to create a more sustainable future. Tune into this week’s episode for fascinating insights on planting the rain!

In this session, you’ll learn about:

  • What methods are used for rainwater and greywater harvesting
  • The techniques used by Zephaniah Phiri Maseko, a rainwater harvester in Zimbabwe, Africa
  • If there are any health issues concerning the use of greywater
  • The differences between greywater and black water
  • How the soil helps to filters and transforms the toxins in greywater
  • Safe products to use that are healthier for people to use and best for greywater and which products to avoid
  • What happens to the earthworks and harvesting systems if there is heavy rainfall
  • What others are doing to adopt to “planting the rain” and what their strategies are
  • Why there are more weeds in an irrigated green space than a spaced irrigated with rainwater
  • Strategies to grow the adoption of rainwater harvesting techniques and green infrastructure
  • The communities that Brad is working with to adopt and develop green infrastructure regulations
  • The legal issues surrounding greywater harvesting

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2 thoughts on “Planting the Rain with Brad Lancaster

  1. Karen

    Great talk! Was able to attend one of Brad’s seminars here in West Texas and learned so much. I hope you get to visit with him again soon.

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