My Edible Garden

I've been gardening for most of my life and have been a devoted fan of organic gardening the whole time. It just makes so much more sense to work in harmony with Mother Nature than to fight her. Besides which it is better for the planet and better for our bodies. Here you can see what I'm planting and harvesting, with gardening hints and resources thrown in for good measure.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Solar Food Dehydrator

Solar food dehydrator

I spotted this Solar Food Dehydrator on another blog, Naturewitch And realized that something about it looked very familiar. The blogger had purchased it ready made but I didn't remember ever seeing one like this for sale.

Cruising back through my bookmarks and downloaded documents, I found it. The plans were originally published by the Cooperative Extension Office, Mississippi State University.

You can download the plans for free from the link. They are basic blue print type plans without a  lot of detail or instruction, but I think any reasonably handy person should be able to figure them out and make one. Even during our monsoon season this design should work reasonably well. You could add a small exhaust fan to pull the air through faster during our cloudy and more humid days, to help prevent any mold from growing. The rest of the year, with our dry sunny days, no extra help should be needed. I have a big old window that I think would work just fine for the front peice. Just have to scrounge up some decent lumber for the rest!


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    1. It looks great Mary. Are you going to build one?

  2. That sure looks nice! Good luck on making yours! Nancy

  3. Looks nice, are you going to make one?

  4. Very Nice! I would love to give this a try. I stumbled across one yesterday that is almost identical to the plan you posted.

  5. I will build a solar dehydrator at some point; I'm just not sure yet what style I will go with yet.