After a few weeks on the farm I started to notice something – we spend a lot of time finding, setting up, and moving hoses around the farm as we water our seedlings and crops. One morning, while shuttling another semi-frozen hose to a different location and almost tripping myself, yet again, I decided it was time to find a better way. While attending a workshop at Village Acres Farm, I saw their hose trolley system and decided to make one at Joshua Farm!
The system consists of a tensioned cable, small pulleys, strips of PVC pipe, hose clamps, and some old hose. All of the parts are inexpensive and readily available at your local hardware store. You will need about one pulley and fifteen feet of hose for every ten feet of distance traveled. Here is our experience so far:
1. The combination of a strip of PVC pipe cut lengthwise inside a piece of old hose helps to keep the hose from kinking
2. We combined the hose trolley with hose quick-couplers (One of our favorite things on the farm) to allow fast changes between different watering wands
3. This system is great and has saved us a lot of time and headache already
We will be adding another hose trolley in our high tunnel very soon. Keep an eye out for this project the next time you are at the farm!