[Market-farming] drain for washing and packing shed

Robert G. Hadad rgh26 at cornell.edu
Tue Oct 28 10:47:00 EDT 2014


Hi Andy and all,
   Where will the water be discharged to from the drains? Is it going out to a septic system, a grassy/vegetative area, or just into the ground?

Thanks.

Robert

From: Market-farming [mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Andy Fellenz
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 8:23 AM
To: Market Farming
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] drain for washing and packing shed

I pull the tops off of the drain several times a year and muck out the drain.  I have a filter piece at the transition to the drain pipe that catches larger chunks before the water gets in the drain pipe.  This seems to catch most of the soil and all of the large particles/pieces of vegetable matter before the wash water is actually in the drain line.
Occasionally, when we are washing leafy crops, waste will accumulate on top of a portion of the drain as the crew strips off bad leaves and misses the scrap bucket when they drop them.  Even when this happens, enough of the drain is exposed to ensure that the wash water drains away.

Right now, the water just drains off the side of the building and down the hill.  I'll be putting in a piece of perforated drain line this fall to take it away from the building.  When I do this, I'll install a small catch basin at the transition to allow even more soil to settle out of the water before the wash water enters the perforated drain line.

Andy

On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 11:22 PM, stonecirclefarm tds.net<http://tds.net> <stonecirclefarm at tds.net<mailto:stonecirclefarm at tds.net>> wrote:
The thing I am most concerned about is clogging due to debris and soil.  Any problems with ours, Andy?

On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 9:24 PM, Andy Fellenz <artisanfarms at gmail.com<mailto:artisanfarms at gmail.com>> wrote:
I installed a 10' channel drain in the floor.  http://www.lowes.com/ProductDisplay?partNumber=372746-676-764&langId=-1&storeId=10151&productId=50063811&catalogId=10051&cmRelshp=req&rel=nofollow&cId=PDIO1.
The floor is pitched so that the water flows toward the drain.

It works really well

On Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 9:50 AM, stonecirclefarm tds.net<http://tds.net> <stonecirclefarm at tds.net<mailto:stonecirclefarm at tds.net>> wrote:
Any recommendations for the best design for a drain for a washing and packing shed?  I would like to be able to wash root crops during the winter.

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