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.
ONE ATTENDEE WILL WIN THIS ROOT WASHER!
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.
Details on page 18 of Practical Farmers 2014 field day guide: