It was most interesting to find this story and video about a school garden with sub-irrigated raised beds (widely known as SIPs) in Dallas. It was great to see that the beds are sub-irrigated and that they're named as such.
These beds are sub-irrigated thanks to the work of U.S. Army Veteran Edgar Hercila. He anticipates the system will save about 90-percent of the water used in traditional growing. Other than the beds having reservoirs and fill pipes, there are no other details about the SIP bed construction.
I'm wondering if Edgar has any business ideas about this. There certainly is an opportunity to make a living using modern methods of urban food growing.
It is a wide-open field with great potential. Thanks to a lack of institutional education about sub-irrigation, there are an uncountable number of top-watered raised beds wasting tons of water across the country.
There is an obvious need for practitioners, but the greatest need is for qualified educators. It isn't enough to know how to make utility buckets into sub-irrigated planters (SIPs). It's really quite simple.
Qualified educators also need to be well grounded in plant science and the academic fundamentals of horticulture. It isn't enough to have only anecdotal gardening or farm work experience.
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Moss Haven Elementary School in Dallas is celebrating its history by unveiling a series of sub-irrigation systems that will form a new educational program about agriculture and the environment.
The school campus sits on land that used to be the Moss Ranch Farm. Friday the Moss Haven administrators, teachers, students and staff showed off 17 agriculture plots that will be ‘assigned’ to each classroom.
The program called Bring Back the Farm was funded with a grant.
“I think it is a good idea to let all the students know about plans and growth and more about life science,” said Moss Haven student Brittany Hoag. Read more...