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    culticycle

    culticycle

    A pedal powered tractor for cultivation and seeding, built from readily available lawn tractor, ATV, and bicycle parts. Speed is 3 - 4 mph depending on choice of gearing and pedaling speed. Better for operator's body, less soil compaction, no fuel use, cheaper than a tractor; easily adaptable to specific needs.

    Water Wheel Transplanter

    Water Wheel Transplanter

    Makes it easy to plant seedlings quickly with minimum labor.

    Tough inexpensive pastured pig waterer

    Tough inexpensive pastured pig waterer

    Pigs are tough on equipment. This simple water system doesn't tip in a pasture situation, stays clean and prevents the pigs from disturbing the hose connection.

    livestock weigh scales

    livestock weigh scales

    A cattle farmer occasionally needs to weigh his animals, but weigh scales for cattle are expensive to purchase for the small operator ($1,000 to $1,500 or more). This is an accurate electronic scale you can make yourself for about $500.

    Home built no-till seed drill

    Home built no-till seed drill

    This is my home built no-till seed drill I use for planting legume mix winter cover crop seed in our stone fruit orchard. It produces very uniform seed spacing and depth with minimal soil disturbance, allowing optimum germination in our dry farmed environment.

    Root Washer

    Root Washer

    An open-source root washer that can be built sturdily with NO WELDING. Thanks to SARE for helping make this project happen!

    Bicycle Powered Fanning Mill

    Bicycle Powered Fanning Mill

    Complete plans for building a bicycle powered fanning mill. The fanning mill sorts, cleans, and grades seeds with two shaking screens and a winnowing tower. It is adjustable for all sorts of crops and operations. It can clean up to ten pounds per minute.

    bicycle powered thresher,fan mill, and dehuller

    bicycle powered thresher,fan mill, and dehuller

    Links below to the complete plans for bike powered tools for small scale grain processing; a thresher, a fan mill/winnower, and a dehuller/flour mill. The plans guide a farmer or a fabricator through step-by-step instructions using wood, metal, and scavenged bicycle parts. The cost of materials is $200 per machine and the machines process about 1# per minute for each process. In a well equipped garage/shop the machines can be built in 20-40 hours each.

    Solar powered off-grid pasture monitoring system with wifi access

    Solar powered off-grid pasture monitoring system with wifi access

    This system was setup to allow me to monitor my bison in my fairly isolated ranch in southern Virginia from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. It is solar powered and connected to the Internet via a mobile broadband device. Images are captured every 1.5 minutes from two webcams connected to a Raspberry Pi computer. Every hour a Python script on the Raspberry Pi places the past hours photographs in a zip file, and sends it to me in an email.

    Drip tape winder/cleaner

    Drip tape winder/cleaner

    a drip tape winder that can rewind up to 500’ of drip tape onto a plastic core. The winder should be easily mounted on a harvest cart or loader. Install brushes on the winder to clean the tape as it is wound.