D-Lab I — Crop Wash Station (New Roots Farm)

Winter 2019 - D-Lab I

New Roots Crop Wash

The students aimed to evaluate alternative methods to recycle water from a crop wash station while promoting food safety at the New Roots farm in West Sacramento. They worked with the client to determine final design and follow information on the flow charts to prototype a solution, and incorporated food safety into the project's development.

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D-Lab II — Crop Wash Station (New Roots Farm)

Spring 2019 - D-Lab II

This is the continuation of the above project from D-Lab I

Crop Wash

The client is the International Rescue Committee (IRC), they provide opportunities for refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking, survivors of torture, and other immigrants to thrive in America. In Sacramento and other offices across the country, the IRC helps them to rebuild their lives. One avenue through which they do this is through the New Roots program where refugees can learn how to farm and eventually grow crops to be sold for profit. This project aims to design a low-cost water reuse system based on natural resources and an innovative UV chamber.

The goal is to design a crop water reuse station that suits the client’s needs. Another goal is to investigate relevant prior art related to water re-use and filtration. Since there is a time restriction of one quarter, we will only prototype for the sedimentation and filtration system, meaning the stage before the UV sanitization. The target audience is the New Roots farmers and hopefully, our project will expand to other local farms.

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