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Bayside Park Farm solar dehydrator
Bayside Park Farm (formerly known as the Arcata Educational Farm) has been in operation since 1993, and was Arcata's first CSA (community supported agriculture) farm. In order to allow for the preservation of the farm's excess crops, a solar dehydrator was implemented in 2009 by a previous ENGR305 class. However, after problems with adequately drying produce, the dehydrator fell into disuse and was ultimately removed from the property. We were asked to build an effective, educational follow-up to the initial dehydrator.
The objective of this project is twofold:
- to produce a durable and effective solar dehydrator to aid in the preservation of Bayside Park Farm's excess produce.
- to design the solar dehydrator simply and accessibly enough to foster adoption and replication of solar dehydration.