Mobile Wash Station

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Low-cost DIY, mobile wash station for increasing efficiency in post-harvest processing. Needs exterior hose or spigot to use. The partnership was Elise McMahon, Liam Turkle, Fay Strongin and Tess Brown-Lavoie (both from Sidewalk Ends Farm in Providence, RI). We started working on it at FarmHack RISD and then finished it on 12 May in Providence.
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This wash station is built according to the dimensions fot the 1.75 bushel nolt's green bins (http://www.noltsproducesupplies.net/), but measurements could easily be adjusted to fit with any other size vessel. We like this size, and we have some bins with holes and a comparably sized tupperware that holds water. A general materials list is as follows:

3-6 nolt's 1.75 bushel green bins (any other uniformly sized wash bin with strong edges will do--choose based on preferences re size, holes or no holes, other uses...) about 6 pressure treated 2 x 4 x 8's about 2 pressure treated 1 x 4 x 8's one 1'' diameter wooden dowel 2 small rubber wheels, and metal rod for axel hardware (2 1/2 inch screws?) Tools: - electric drill - chop saw Accessories: - shade cloth--we use an old sheet that we stake into the ground on whichever side of the station is facing the sun. the original design has a shade cloth that is too small to protect the vegetables - hooks for crossbar - bike basket to hold scissors / rubber bands / harvesting implements/ etc.

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