[Market-farming] walk in cooler

Karen Sutherland & Roots Farm rootsfarm at marpin.dm
Tue Feb 6 14:05:30 EST 2007

Has anyone any experience with/knowledge about converting/using an 
insulated 20' shipping container as a produce cooler?  I need to ship a 
number of large items from U.S. to Dominica and am wondering if it makes 
sense to purchase a used insulated container to ship in, then convert it 
here to propane (or solar???), sectioned into several different spaces 
that could be kept at different temperatures. 

We are in the midst of our busiest season here.  Dry season to follow, 
then too wet, so despite year round work, annual farm income must 
largely be gained from about 4-5 months production.  At least that's 
what past weather experience has shown.  The changing weather pattern 
makes projections so much iffier than usual. 

Thanks so much to all of you for all the wisdom and experience and even 
conjecture shared on the list. 

All best wishes,


*Karen Sutherland **
**Roots Farm**
Organic Produce : Fruits, Roots, Vegetables & Herbs*
Cockrane, Dominica
rootsfarm at marpin.dm <mailto:rootsfarm at marpin.dm>


Willie McKemie wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 05, 2007 at 05:42:22PM -0700, SHEILA PAYNE wrote:
>> I was reading with interest the discussion on post harvest cooling.  As I'm not as handy as some of you,  I was wondering what you think about this -- 
>> http://denver.craigslist.org/for/265235755.html<http://denver.craigslist.org/for/265235755.html>
> Typically, around Texas, farmers buy MUCH rougher walkins.  BUT, 
> several times the size and 1/3 - 1/2 the price.
>> I also see these on sale for much cheaper.  Opinions?
>> http://denver.craigslist.org/for/264099980.html<http://denver.craigslist.org/for/264099980.html>
> A much more attractive deal if it fits your needs.  This makes no 
> sense, though:
> During the move it was unfortunately unplugged for about two weeks, so 
> it will need to be recharged with coolant.
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