Something to look into: Solar Food Dryer. Offers more than 10 square feet of drying area and a 6 pound capacity per load. Designed and manufactured here in Oregon by Eben Fodor, expert food dryer and author of The Solar Food Dryer.
This is great since we don't have any outdoor hose hookups! How to Build a Rain Barrel. A dual barrel system that uses atmospheric pressure to equalize the water volume in both rain barrels. Use the water from your rain barrels to water your plants.