Category Archives: Rain Water collecting

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Texas Solar Society Tours

We got a real surprise. The Texas Solar Society asked The Purple Gate Farm to be one of the open house solar tour locations in Bastrop County. Because we are a very small farm, we were surprised to be asked … Continue reading

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Industrial Country Market-So Much To See, So Little Time

Dan Bretch, Owner / Operator / Do-er of this extraordinary facility. He explained to us that he has a family business with a retail store, educational facility and garden center that is 100% off the grid.  If you missed our … Continue reading

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Solar, Rain and Recycle

A Full Commitment to Sustainable Living We had a successful meetup at the Purple Gate Herb Farm, August 29, about our Solar Installation. All participants were very interested in Sustainable information. Catherine and I asked if anyone was interested in … Continue reading

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Rain Water Harvesting

(c) Mary H. Mills Collecting rainwater for domestic use is not a new idea. Collecting Rainwater may have begun in natural depressions. There are many areas with evidence of use over long periods of time. I first started to think … Continue reading

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Awesome “Green Home” in Smithville, Texas

The Bastrop Sustainable meetup group went on a tour of a “Green Home” in Smithville, Texas.  Catherine and I were curious before we joined the tour so we found 674 Cottletown Road on the internet. There were glowing descriptions by … Continue reading

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What is “Sustainable” and Why should I join Bastrop Sustainable?

It seems it is easy to believe that what exists now has always been so.  I felt that way when I was a young teen-aged girl.  I lived among people who had methods of harvesting wild foods that did not … Continue reading

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Teaching an old gal new tricks

So many new terms…comments vs pings, trackbacks, feeds, blog roll……will I ever feel at home in this new world of blogging? I want to get to the main subject of this blog-The Purple Gate Herb Farm is moving, and changing … Continue reading

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