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    Agricultural Entries and Translations from the Encyclopédie, 1751

    Agricultural Entries and Translations from the Encyclopédie, 1751

    The Encyclopédie was the first encyclopedia to include contributions from many named contributors, and it was the first general encyclopedia to lavish attention on the mechanical arts, such as metallaria (blacksmithing, metallurgy), agricultura (agriculture), vestiaria (tailoring, weaving), architectura (architecture, masonry), mercatura (trade), coquinaria (cooking). “This is a work that cannot be completed except by a society of men of letters and skilled workmen, each working separately on his own part, but all bound together solely by their zeal for the best interests of the human race and a feeling of mutual good will.” —Diderot The following sections first published in 1751 embody many of Farm Hack's ideals.

    solar electric tractor Sparky

    solar electric tractor Sparky

    Massey Harris Pacer converted to solar electris 48 V 10 hp (8 x 6 deep cycle batteries with 3 solar panels for a max of 750 W total). Electirc over hydraulic 3 point hitch added. Implements: tool bar with various attachments for market gardening, disc and harrows, seeder, inverter for weedeater/chainsaw/buzzsaw for distant work/firewood, hayrake, hay inverter, potato planter/harvester, pulls full loads of hay, small platform for moving tools/fencing supplies etc. around farm. Sparky is in its 5th year of operation with virtually no problems.

    Record Keeping and Profitability/Efficiency Analysis Tool

    Record Keeping and Profitability/Efficiency Analysis Tool

    This tool takes labor, materials, and sales data for each enterprise and automatically generates various reports to, among other things, compare the profitability of the users' enterprises and the efficiency of the users' methods.

    Bed Shaper

    Bed Shaper

    I built this bed shaper from an old 2 row cultivator purchased for $200 from craigslist. By adding disc hillers I could hill beds but still had to rake them before seeding or planting. I created this bed shaper from salvaged lumber. It has allowed me to fully shape the beds (sometimes with multiple passes depending on soil conditions) using the tractor. It took me only a few hours to build. For the time and money involved it is a vast improvement. It also acted as a practice build, as I would like to build a more permanent bed shaper from steel this following year. After one season of use the shaper has held up well, but I imagine it will start to deteriorate in a fairly short time given that I have no place to store it indoors. Materials: 1. Old culitvator (often on craigslist for very cheap) 2. U bolts- to attach shaper to cultivator 3. Disc Hiller (various suppliers on the internet. I purchased mine from Agrisupply. Cheap but the shanks have bent. Consider better quality hillers) 4. Scrap lumber: 2x4's, 2x6's 5. Lag Screws

    Mechanical Garlic / Cultivar Planter

    Mechanical Garlic / Cultivar Planter

    As a garlic farmer, we all know it is a very time consuming hands on type of planting and harvesting. It's difficult to find specific equipment since this farming industry is small. I knew there had to be a better way and I needed to bring this industry into the 21st century.

    Croptracker

    Croptracker

    Croptracker is a crop and farm management software company focused on the fruit, vegetable, greenhouse, and specialty crops sectors. Croptracker helps producers and processors with labor tracking, traceability, spraying, harvest, packing, storage and shipping of their crops. Integrated sensors help growers measure micro-climate weather, and soil conditions, while RFID systems keep track of product automatically as it moves through the supply chain. Croptracker's powerful mobile farming apps help keep team members up to date and on the go. Farm, organic certification & food safety audits are painless, integrated pest management (IPM) is built in.

    "folding farm" portable market going trailer

    "folding farm" portable market going trailer

    Trailer tows behind a pickup truck to market and back several times a week in the summer. Built on an old pop up camper trailer frame that we jazzed up a little bit with some extra bracing.

    ELECTRIC TRACTOR

    ELECTRIC TRACTOR

    working on ELECTRIC TRACTOR

    Responsible Management of the Collateral Value of Your Land

    Responsible Management of the Collateral Value of Your Land

    Certainly, you would agree that if you left half of your fields unplanted year after year, you are under utilizing the value of your land. Yet most farmers are unaware of the fact that they are under utilizing the collateral value of their land for expanding their real estate holdings in a reliable and safe manner. This is an free educational tool that will broaden your mind and help to safeguard your family farm as a legacy for your children and grandchildren.

    Commercial Scale Rocket Oven

    Commercial Scale Rocket Oven

    A fuel efficient, low cost, biomass fueled 24 loaf baking oven. Combustion technology is based on the rocket stove design, which uses an insulated flue and efficient combustion chamber to achieve high levels of fuel efficiency and low emissions.