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Farming Forward

Field Day July 22

Grant Schultz

Here's the deal:  barrel-style root washers are expensive (we're changing that). A critical piece of farm profitability is having the tools to work efficiently.  Beginning farmers, those quickly and earnestly tackling a new production model often have limited capital or skills.  So...if you can't afford a $3,000 root washer, you may try to build one...if you can weld and have access to a full metal fabrication and wood shop.  What if you don't have the cash or specialized skills?  We've got you covered.

Grant Schultz, in collaboration with two other local farms, wrote a SARE grant, "Farmer-built No-welding Root Washer for Small Farmers".  During the course of this workshop, we'll build a robust root washer built around a repurposed double-walled poly drain culvert.  This is a heavy-duty tool with lots of utility for a fraction of a pre-built model.

Also, WE'LL GIVE IT AWAY to one lucky attendee.  You come, you learn, you eat, you may go home with a free root washer.  Better bring a trailer and crossed fingers.

July 22, 2014


5133 Strawbridge Road NE

Iowa City, IA 52240

1-7PM    BE ON TIME, we don't wait!

tour, build, and food.



Here's the official details and whatnot:

Learn to build a robust barrel-style root washer to thoroughly and efficiently wash potatoes, carrots and other root vegetables.

Enjoy a meal of grass-fed meats and local vegetables, then tour VersaLand’s establishing agroforestry system of fruit and nut trees, livestock forage and vegetable crops. Funds for this project were provided through a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant.


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Details on page 18 of Practical Farmers 2014 field day guide: