Guest Contributors: Roslynn Brain McCann & Kate Weigel
Moab is experiencing a rebirth of our local food movement, which is part of a trend occurring nationally under COVID-19. Gardening pages on social media are seeing unprecedented traffic, and groups such as the Moab Foodies are sharing ideas and extra produce. Given the increase in produce grown, we (Moab Bee Inspired Gardens, as well as key partners including USU Extension Sustainability, the Resiliency Hub and Youth Garden Project) are building a community solar food dehydrator to be housed at Youth Garden Project.
In a show of the high interest in growing and preserving local food by our community, we’ve already raised a third of our costs to build! Join us and help us make this a reality by donating:
Our outdoor solar chimney dehydrator will harness the power of the sun to preserve massive amounts of fruits, veggies, or herbs. The solar dehydrator will have approximately 12 large trays (much bigger than a typical dehydrator) and will be an amazing asset for taking advantage of all of the fruit that can be gleaned from the homes, businesses, and public places around the valley. The cost of renting the solar dehydrator will be a $10/day flat fee; sliding scale rental fees will also be available to make this resource accessible to all who may benefit. pollinator health, water conservation, and food and forage systems using gardens, workshops and resources in a way that benefits our community and ecosystems.