This is Justin Brock at the Red Bird Mission Grow Appalachia. We have had a lot of stuff going on this month. Everything from training’s, supply pick up, tilling appointments, and a group constructing a water kiosk here on the campus.
We all are excited about the kiosk especially GA because they have built a gathering spot slash farmers market spot for us to use.
How this all came about was that nursing students from UT would come up to Red Bird to help in a rural area. They noticed that a lot of the area did not have access to clean water. They got a grant to test the water and they where right most of the wells and springs that people used where contaminated and those people did not have access to city water.
The nursing students teamed up with architecture and design, law enforcement, and civil and environmental engineering students to get a grant to build a place for people in our community to come get clean water. All the students put there heads together and came up with the idea of the kiosk. The group came up with different designs and Red Bird decided on the one in the pics. They prefab most of it down at the college and hauled it up and built it in a week.
They wanted it to be just more than just a watering hole so that’s why they built a shed for us and the community to use as a gathering spot.
The kiosk has three places to access water. They’re two spots on the side to fill up jugs, bottles and stuff. Then there is a swinging arm that comes out to fill big tanks in the back of trucks, so people can also water there gardens and live stock.
The kiosk also has a cistern that collects the rain water. They installed the cistern so we could pump the water to our green house. The green house was really to far away. We fixed our green house and had a group of volunteers from Manchester hospital that was helping with the kiosk carry and set up our green house beside the kiosk.