Black Farmers Collective (BFC) is proposing a multi-faceted rainwater retention, storage, and education project for our Yes Farm located in the Yesler neighborhood of Seattle. The project will leverage a past design partnership with the University of Washington to install a purposely designed storm water catchment and storage system, a rain garden filtration project, and bioswale retention zone reducing storm water overflow into Puget Sound. The system is designed to reuse 54,000 gallons of water annually for our farm irrigation system. Our system is interconnected and will drastically reduce the high storm water flow on the farm and be used to increase storm water pollution mitigation education for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC).
Yes Farm is at the bottom of a large hill with high density urban development and limited green space, directly above I-5, and .5 miles uphill from Puget Sound. Due to the high clay content of the soil in our farm very little storm water is currently held in our undeveloped areas. The rain garden will be installed at the uphill portion of the main farm and planted with native plants designed for filtering contaminants. This will filter pollutants, slow storm water runoff, and reduce erosion. The bioswale will be installed at the bottom of the farm working with the natural slope of the property to capture and hold storm water. We will utilize organic material and slow drain soil to reduce run off into the freeway and on to Puget Sound. The water catchment system will use rain roofs to capture and store rainwater which will be reintroduced to the system as irrigation for our raised beds and developed soil. This integrated system will be utilized as a demonstration site for BIPOC youth and communities. Through experiential education opportunities students can learn from and share with their community the value in storm water management and imagine an environmental career breaking the barriers that uphold the Green Ceiling.