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At The Great American Rain Barrel Company we re-purpose our own shipping drums into a complete water collection system right here at our food importing plant in Hyde Park, MA, something that we have been doing for 20 years. Back in the late eighties, two local school teachers came up with the idea of recycling barrels into a water collection system modeled after those they had seen in English Gardens. At that time my husband, George, and I were new owners of a food importing/packing company in Boston. When the two teachers came to us looking for the perfect barrel, they knew they were at the right place. The barrel they selected was a large 60 gallon drum that brought olives from Spain. The olives were shipped and sometimes even cured in the barrels, spending anywhere from 6 months to two years in the barrel. Given the natural synergy with our import business and the environmental implications the Great American Rain Barrel Company was formed. Now, 20 years later, with the support and enthusiasm of a remarkable customer base, we continue to thrive and sell The Great American Rain Barrel to communities and individuals nationwide.