Saturday, January 23, 2010


Litbrit's husband, Robert Tornello, is going green on his farm. The St. Petersburg Times has s tory on Tornello using solar panels, wind turbines and recycled water on his farm.

It has always bugged me that Tampa gets so much rain and there are constant water shortages. Local government poorly planned for population increases. Farms use a lot of water. Tornello's plan of using recycled water is something local government needs to explore.

Money quote:

"The fun part is that we are going to reuse the water and be an example for other farms," he said. "Traditional farms have just wasted water for decades."

The Southwest Florida Water Management District awarded Tornello a $50,000 grant. Hopefully, this idea will catch on.

Side note: I am not talking about sewage water for drinking.

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At January 23, 2010 3:11 PM , Blogger litbrit said...

Thanks for the shout-out, Michael!

We're very excited about the farm. Robert has been working like a demon for the past year-plus, and with the seeds due to arrive shortly (from Italy), he's hoping the first harvest will be ready in time for late spring salads and more.

It's true: you really can grow food in a responsible, sustainable way.


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