Rain Barrel Workshops

Florida receives an average of 56 inches of rainfall per year. An inch of rainfall over a 1000sq.ft. area yields in excess of 600 gallons of water. A rain barrel is an inexpensive means of capturing and storing some of this water  for later use. By installing a rain barrel you will not only help reduce pollution from stormwater runoff, but also have a supply of free non-chlorinated Ph neutral water for watering your vegetable garden, prize orchids, potted plants and much more!

Learn about water conservation issues and how to construct and install your very own rain barrel. We can bring the rain barrel & water conservation workshops to your:



Garden Club

Association Meetings


All rain barrel workshops include a showerhead and light bulb exchange courtesy of Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department.

Right Plant, Right Place and Plant Raffle

With the start of our rain season, the May, June, July and August workshops will also include a 30 minute segment on Florida-Friendly Landscape Principle #1 Right Plant, Right Place as well as a free plant raffle. We have a limited number of Florida-Friendly Landscape plants that we grow in our nursery here at the Extension Office. The plants will be available by raffle to the first 50 registered attendees.

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Both workshops are FREE.  To purchase a rain barrel is $40.  You must register ahead of time to purchase a rain barrel. Please sign up if you plan to attend one of the above workshops so we know how many people are attending.

Please contact Lize Luna to register
305-248-3311 ext. 242

For additional information contact
Barbara McAdam  ext. 245

Registration Forms

Payment must be made in the form of personal check or money order. We can not accept cash or credit cards.

Location & Time

Saturday,             October 18, 2014

Registration form

GrowFest at the Fruit & Spice Park

24801 S.W. 187th Avenue

Miami, Florida 33031

2:30 - 4:00 P.M.

Sunday,           October 19, 2014

Registration form

GrowFest at the Fruit & Spice Park

24801 S.W. 187th Avenue

Miami, Florida 33031

2:30 - 4:00 P.M.

Please note that Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension does not sell rain barrels. Rain barrels are made available only to individuals who attend educational workshops. You may also complete the online presentation and answer 2 simple questions and schedule a time to pick up a rain barrel at our Extension Office.

Questions are:

What is your personal daily water usage number?

List 3 ways you will save water in your home and garden.

Retail barrel suppliers can be found by looking under the listings for "Barrels & Drums" in your local yellow pages.

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Making a Rain Barrel (video)

High Speed Connections Build & Install (17 MB)
Use & source (14 MB)

Dial Up Connections
Build & Install (2 MB)
Use & source (1.5 MB)

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