In 2009 I returned to the United States and settled in a town called Dripping Springs, just west of Austin, Texas. I was anxious to get home to Texas and put down roots after living throughout the US and abroad for twenty-four years as a Marine Corps Spouse. I was certainly excited to begin gardening--however, I soon learned that gardening in Central Texas could be a real challenge. I wondered more than once why this place was named Dripping Springs- I didn’t see any springs but I did know of local wells running dry. Because of that, my husband and I made a conscious decision to draw no water from the ground, but to use rainwater, exclusively, as our water source—we wanted to do our part to conserve the Hill Country water supply.
This, of course, meant very little water for irrigation so I started my research to find the most efficient system. After
After an exhaustive search, I came across buried clay pot irrigation or “olla” irrigation. The business didn't start at that point but the idea of conserving water stuck with me, helping me to develop the OLLAS we have today.
Dripping Springs OLLAS was officially launched in the Spring of 2012. Very soon after, a dear friend I had met in Japan, and another Marine Corps spouse, Mary Kathryn Dunston, asked if she could show OLLAS to some of her local nurseries in Virginia. Mary Kathryn had always been an excellent gardener and her enthusiasm for OLLAS (and willingness to work for no pay) made her the perfect partner. She and I shared the same desires to see healing in our culture and environment. What better than helping people grow healthy food, while conserving our precious water. Together we have taken Dripping Springs OLLAS from the East Coast to the West and continue to educate people about the many advantages of olla irrigation.