project leader
Linda W
19603 Nottingham Rd
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Thank You!

the project

Water Conservation Just Got Fun!

Spend a whole day at Collinwood's Cavotta's Garden Center painting a rain barrel, sharing a meal (two meals and snacks!) learning how to keep bees, raise chickens, goats and bunnies, and keep your garden THRIVING.

Collinwood Painted Rain Barrel director, artist Linda Zolten Wood will guide the artists in sanding, priming, designing and painting rain barrels and Angela Cavotta will lead a tour of her family Garden Center and introduce her goats, chickens and bunnies for a fun and informative day; A guest bee specialist will be instructing the beekeepers.

Live Music will end the day with local chefs serving fresh produce in tasty recipes in a celebration of Sustainability!

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the steps

Reserve Bee Keeping instructor  and musicians dates

Book chefs, purchase rain barrels and parts, reserve tents, tables, chairs

purchase paints, coatings, brushes, plastic sheeting to wrap barrels & protect tables

Produce graphics for media/mailing and Observer article & press release

Hire assistants for 3 shifts of Garden Center operations during the event

Offer takeaway prizes to participants; Plants, Seeds, Gift Baskets


why we're doing it

Heavy rainwater runoff from city streets sweeps pollution into sewers, also causing raw sewage to overflow into Lake Erie: The more residents and businesses who catch rainwater in rain barrels or cisterns or in rain gardens to keep this water to slowly use on their properties, the less fossil fuels are needed to clean Lake water for drinking.

A 1/2 inch rainfall on a 1000 sq. foot roof yields 300 gallons of water; One 55 gallon rain barrel will fill quickly: an average homeowner can save 1300 gallons of tap water during peak summer use. 12 newly installed rain barrels will save an average of 15,600 gallons of tap water for one year!

We plan on purchasing and building 6 (six) 55 gallon rain barrels, and will invite 6 more to be brought by their owners to paint, from Cleveland's residents who received free rain barrels from the Mayor's Office of Sustainability. (Sign up at your community development office to get yours!!) 

Normally, Rain barrels are not pleasant to look at, but we help engage families to LOVE theirs, which fosters more regular use with pride in a practical & public work of art! Kids who participate are more likely to want to use this rainwater, nurture gardens and sample healthy foods.

Gardening for beauty and food is easier than we think! More gardens attract pollinators which benefits all of our crops: More plantings take more carbon OUT of our atmosphere!

City people need access to fresh locally grown foods and learn how to prepare vegetables and herbs in delicious ways to keep our families' attention: All of these activities can be bonding with our families and neighbors.

We need each other now, more than ever, to be eating and playing healthy and in building community together.


$1000 Cavotta's staff coverage for a full day

$500 Teaching materials for Beekeeping, Animals, Gardening workshops & samples, 

$1000 Rain Barrel parts, supplies, paints, coatings

$500 Painting Teaching fees 

$500 Musicians

$500 Food

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ioby Platform Fee 


ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%)


ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)


Total to raise =




Thank You!

Thanks to Mom Brugger for your generous gift!!! Happy Holidays!!


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


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