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HALO Pairs with Local Garden Entrepreneur to Present the SIPer!

posted Jul 20, 2015, 12:25 PM by Amy Macemon

The SIPer (
Subsurface Irrigation Planter) is every urban gardener's dream! Regardless of where you live OR what you grow, the SIPer  is a great tool! The SIPer was designed by Jim Schwai, a resident of SE Wisconsin, and is made of a repurposed food-grade 5-gallon bucket. A bottom water reservoir is created and through the use of wicking strips water is transferred to the soil as needed! 

Jim, creator of the SIPer, looked at his creation as a means to provide a sustainable, reliable and effective way of growing food in many different places. He has already traveled to a school in Belize to show them how to use his simple design. The effect- pepper plants the size of trees! He wants to continue to use his creation for philanthropic purposes- hence his partnership with HALO. He has allowed HALO to utilize his design as a teaching tool for our participants and to assemble and sell the SIPer as a way of generating revenue to support the shelter. He is also planning more trips to locations around the world to bring them his efficient and sustainable growing tool! 

To order this great gardening item, please click here. If you want to support this item being sustainably made in Racine, please donate food-grade, 5-gallon buckets (with lids) to HALO! Email growinghome@haloinc.org.