Winter Projects Part I: New Wash Station!

Hello friends of the farm,

Even though we are full time winter farmers here at 47th Ave, the winter months still offer something in the way of a time to reflect on the season behind us and the season ahead and to attend to all of those things that keep getting pushed to the back of our endless summer to-do lists.  It is also a time to think critically about our systems and to imagine ways to make our farm better!  Our crew this year is pretty amazing, Im not gonna lie, and the innovations and ideas that have come forward have been very exciting.  We have taken on some serious infrastructural improvements over the last couple months and we wanted to let everyone in on what we have been up to.  Keep checking the website for more installments of our winter project series…

Steve models his handy dandy skills with a nail gun at 47th Avenue Farm

Steve models his handy dandy skills with a nail gun

Steve is our wash station Guru, master of the spigot, the hydro captain, “flow-jo” as we call him, and is our head quality control as our veggies move from our field to your tables.  He has been pushing for some wash station innovation for some time and we put our heads together and totally revamped the wash station area.  We had some old cast iron bathtubs collecting dust in the barn and Steve and Brice put together plans to give them new life.

Steve builds the frame over the inverted tub at 47th Avenue Farm

Steve builds the frame over the inverted tub

They built some very sturdy frames that would fit the tubs perfectly and then we hauled the beasts on out to the wash station and nestled them down into their new homes.  The first one was a huge success so we built two more!

A completed tub station

The result is a very elegant (i think) and functional new system with much increased washing area, and easy cleanability.  The tubs can work as dunking stations for more delicate things like lettuce and arugula.  Throw our homemade lightweight screens on top and you have a great root washing setup!

Tub with removeable washing screen


The whole fleet!

Future innovations may include hose fixtures for hands free washing and robots to wash vegetables for us!  Just kidding about the robots.  Hope everyone has enjoyed last week’s share.  Those Yellowfinn potatoes are the best of the best!!  See you all next week for more of the winter bounty.

–  Ian