Water -> Shelter

Urban Farm Evolution: Converting Swimming Pools Into Ponds For Rainwater Harvesting [Part 3]


What can you do on a half acre of land right in the middle of the city? Let me show you because that’s all I have on my Urban Farm in Phoenix.

What can you do on a half acre of land? Let me show you, because that’s all I have on my Urban Farm in Phoenix. And my goal initially was to create enough food, to feed 20 people, but had expanded. And now I think that I could easily create enough food to feed, maybe at least a hundred people all on a half acre, right in the middle of the city.

If you think that the world is headed in a direction that makes you a bit concerned for the future. And you’d like to be as self-sufficient and independent as possible, then you’ve come to the right place. My name is Lynette Zang. Now it’s time to go Beyond Gold and Silver.

The sooner you start, the sooner you figure out what works and what doesn’t work. The key is just to start. There are bananas. You know how many times I’ve tried to grow bananas because my daughter loves bananas. Well, I haven’t had luck with bananas yet, but there’s a house right around the corner from me that has had great luck with bananas. And I’m thinking, wow, if they can do it, I can do it. And that’s what I want you to know. If I can do it, you can do it. You have to be aware of where you live and the different requirements. That’s what BGS is all about as well. Cause not everybody lives in Arizona. You come together with Community. Meetups are great. That’s how I really got started is I went to a meetup and I met all these wonderful people that came and then helped me. So it’s all an evolution. Look at what you buy at the grocery store and keep a list. I used to look at my list and I’d say, can I grow this? And if the answer was, yes, I went out and I tried to grow it. Sometimes I had success. Lots of times I had failures, but I never gave up because it is that important. And you learn from experience with everything that you do, your successes as well as your failures. And that’s what we like to show on BGS as well, because so many people think, oh wow, that’s so easy for them look at, they know what they’re doing. I didn’t know what I was doing, you know, but that’s okay because, well now I have Laura and Lindsey and they really know what they’re doing, but I have learned so much in this process and you will too. You just have to give it a chance and just start at whatever level you’re at however much space you have, just start. And the sooner you begin, the sooner you will actually get production. The sooner you will learn, this is my pool. And I converted the pool into an aquaponics swimming pond, Ernie, who unfortunately is no longer with us, but he hand picked every rock and it really is like a big art project as well. So again, food for the eyes and look at what it looks like now. And I have the fish and I have the ducks and I have all the plants and there are all different ways to clean it. So that, that water and that’s a huge range. Rain catchment for me. And that water passed through a filter is I can drink. It has no chlorine in it. And, and I got news for you. It’s so pretty. And it brings me so much joy just to go out and sit there. And you know, the ducks, those are wild ducks, but the ducks and the fish, they know me and they love me because I feed them. Right? And it just brings me a lot of pleasure from looking at all this nasty, nasty stuff. It’s a process, it’s a commitment. But for me, making sure that I can take care of my family and feed my family. That is everything to me. And more than my family as well. I mean, my family kind of expands, not just blood family, it’s family, family. And it brings me joy. It’s clean water. There are no chemicals. And I mean, there’s yerbamate there, there’s a lot of food there’s taro in there, but it takes a community. And so get involved. I would really highly recommend to anybody that they look at local meetups and find one that has to do with gardening and planting.

I mean, I will never forget that day. In 2013 that I had in the summer that I had like 52 people show up at my house to dig out the tilapia pond, to plant all the food trees, to do all of that work. And really all I had to do was feed them lunch and then participate when they were going to somebody else’s house and doing it, it’s worth it. That level of Community is so inspiring. You can’t even believe how inspiring it is. And then you end up with this fabulously unique and beautiful, you know, rain catchment system. That again brings so much life on the property. That’s the whole point of being prepared. So when something bad happens to you, doesn’t really impact you. Like, okay, I’m covered, I’ve done this. I have this. I can take care of myself. I can take care of my family. I can take care of my neighbors. We can come together in Community because everybody’s got different skill sets. We can barter here. I need you to lay irrigation and here’s some eggs. Here’s some vegetables, okay. That’s what they need. That’s what they want. Because let me tell you, when we’re in hyperinflation, they don’t want the Fiat money. They already know that. My neighbors, are they like minded right now? Well, some may be because I’ve certainly seen others which makes my heart very happy that have these gardens all over the place and they’re growing their own food. We’re gonna be talking more about that and showing you know hopefully from people around the country that have actually done the same thing or something similar to what I’ve done, but get prepared so that no matter what happens, you’re okay. What if I’m right? What if I’m wrong? How about doing something that doesn’t matter whether you’re right or wrong. If you like this video subscribe here to watch the full version of this video, just click right here.


  • Lynette’s mission is to translate financial noise into understandable language and enable educated, independent choices. All her work is fact and evidence based and she shares these tools openly. She believes strongly that we need to be as independent as possible and at the same time, we need to come together in community to survive and thrive through any financial crisis.

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