Rod Gurganus, director of N.C. MarketReady, the Cooperative Extension outreach of N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute, and Dr. Gary Roberson, Extension specialist in N.C. State’s Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, lead the effort to develop more functional, portable hand-washing stations for N.C. growers. They are developing two units (a larger and smaller version) with funding from the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center’s Agricultural Advancement Consortium.
Grower feedback highlighted a need for a smaller hand-washing unit with less capacity that was easier to deploy and involved fewer costs than the larger commercial unit. Based on growers’ input, design and construction began on a smaller unit. This unit was designed for use at farmers markets and should not be considered safe for highway travel. Construction costs will vary, as stations may be customized, but the facility featured on this page cost approximately $2,000 to construct, minus the trailer.
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