Reaching food autonomy… in his swimming pool!

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By: James Fry
November 25, 2012

Over the Thanksgiving holiday I was back in Arizona and had the great opportunity to stop by the Garden Pool and interview the creator Dennis McClung.

In the interview I ask him a few questions about what inspired the Garden Pool, how much time he invests in it and what he is able to produce from it. In summary, Dennis tells us how his pool to farm conversion was inexpensive, didn’t take much time and now provides his
family of 5 with 50 to 75% of their food needs. Let’s face it, this is simply AMAZING!

Enjoy the video, soon I will be doing a case study on the Garden Pool that will show the cost/benefit of such a project and show that it’s economically worth while for anyone to produce their own food at home.

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Reaching food autonomy… in his swimming pool!

3 thoughts on “Reaching food autonomy… in his swimming pool!

  1. Obviously, they can’t swim in this anymore. IMO, this is a huge waste of water. In ground pools hold anywhere between 10-20 thousand gallons of water. That’s a LOT more than you’d need for any other method of gardening to produce the same amount of food, plus, you lose a way to cool off and exercise in the desert heat. Sorry, but that’s a losing situation, times three.

    1. Hey Julie, all good points for sure.

      I think the issue they had was that they were going to have to resurface the pool (around $10-15K) and rather than spend that kind of money they decided to turn it into something they valued more for a much smaller investment.

      Keep growing!


  2. Hi James your article is inspiring. I am from Kenya and just wonder how I can achieve this considering the economic challenges faced in our country. I grow most of my foods but wish to reach your level. Please assist.

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