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Wash Your Greens: A Low-Cost but Effective Washer/Spinner Design

Robert Hadad, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

March 26, 2015

Wash Your Greens: A Low-Cost but Effective Washer/Spinner Design

Farm Food Safety practices not only reduces the risk of microbial contamination that can lead to food-borne diseases but can also improve the post-harvest quality of washed vegetables. There are many issues dealing with farm food safety and a lot of research going on. One area centers on low-cost but effective equipment options. Dr. Jay Neal from the University of Houston has designed a greens washer/spinner built from PVC and using a 5 gallon bucket with lid. One of our farmers has built a model and modified the instructions to make building and usage easier.



Spinner Construction Manual from Univ of Houston (pdf; 1350KB)

Modified Greens Spinner Construction Manual (pdf; 458KB)

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Food Safety and Wash/Pack Facilities: Virtual Training

November 16, 2020

A well-thought out Wash/Pack Facility can go a long way in improving produce quality, worker health and safety, and overall efficiency. But how can intentional design impact food safety? This virtual training will help farmers and workers understand the food safety risks present in wash/pack facilities and outline ways in which risks can be minimized.

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NY Agrivoltaic Development Assistance Project

Agrivoltaic systems combine production of solar energy and agriculture by planting crops, forage, and/or plants for pollinators and other beneficial insects underneath solar panels. Like conventional solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, agrivoltaic systems can reduce farm energy expenses and provide a hedge against increases in electricity prices.

The New York Agrivoltaic Development Assistance Program is providing free agrivoltaic system assessments to a select number of farmers in New York State. We will provide an unbiased, third-party assessment to evaluate the viability and benefits of installing an agrivoltaics system at your farm. Based on the needs and interests of your farm, we will work with you to determine the optimal agrivoltaics system for your business.

Your agrivoltaic assessment can be used to support a USDA Rural Energy America Program (REAP) application, which provides grants covering up to 25% of eligible project costs, and loan guarantees on loans up to 75% of total eligible project costs.

To request an application or learn more about how agrivoltaics may benefit your farm, reach out to Emma Kubinski at (585) 737-2070 or send an email. This program is offered on a first-come, first-served basis and funding is limited. Apply now to reserve your spot!

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