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    Micro Hydro Basics and Case Study

    Micro Hydro Basics and Case Study

    Small scale hydropower is an inexpensive and relatively simple way to produce reliable energy. Here are some resources and case studies as an introduction to DIY hydro.

    Books

    Books

    This is a list of books that people have found useful in running a farm. Typically How-To or books explaining tools and techniques.

    Garlic planting implement

    Garlic planting implement

    Garlic is labor intensive to plant as the cloves should ideally be planted with the clove base down, so that the plant does not need to waste energy growing around the clove in order to reach the surface. Our Farm Hack Ithaca conversation explored ideas to mechanize this hand-selection and planting process. Not sure if this description is properly placed in this location on website. Apologies from a new user.

    electronic flame weeder ignition/electronic LP solenoid on/off

    electronic flame weeder ignition/electronic LP solenoid on/off

    A 12 volt electronic solenoid valve will be used to turn LP gas on and deliver fuel to the flame weeder burner. Flipping the same switch will also activate a circuit which checks the temperature at the burner using a thermocouple. If no flame is detected (temperature reading is under a measurable threshold) an ignition spark is sent through a ceramic coated ignition wire to the burner. If the flame blows out during use, a spark is sent to the burner. To turn off the fuel at the end of a bed, the switch is flipped to the "off" position closing the solenoid valve.

    Multi-purpose cultivation implement

    Multi-purpose cultivation implement

    A multi-purpose implement for use with a single draft animal or smaller team. Known as "Anny's All-in-One" by the original creator www.siriholmberg.weebly.com

    A (Mostly) Self-conatained Condensate Recycler

    A (Mostly) Self-conatained Condensate Recycler

    If you have a cooler, whether it's a compressor/condenser style or an evaporative, or swamp cooler, there is always going to be some waste water involved. During the 100+ season, this is especially true, and it can create problems like unwanted weed growth around your machine and possibly damage to your foundation. In addition, the tap water here is piped in from remote locations and it's finite. Waste is dumb when you can prevent it easily, so I looked around for materials to create a solution. This tool could be useful for farms that use a Coolbot system to run their cold storage. Or, any other uses you can think of!

    Sub-irrigated raised planter

    Sub-irrigated raised planter

    This concept is meant to provide consistent soil moisture levels to gardens with spotty or insufficient access to water. It take the idea of a sub-irrigated planter and applies it to an entire raised bed.

    Transplanter Mount

    Transplanter Mount

    hydraulically offsettable 3pt hitch mount for the transplanter so that 1, 2 or 3 row beds can be easily planted with a single row transplanter

    Temperature Data Logger

    Temperature Data Logger

    This is a very basic temperature data logger built off of an Arduino microcontroller. This will be the basis for expanded projects around measuring and logging temperature

    Black Soldier Fly as a Feed Alternative for Aquaculture

    Black Soldier Fly as a Feed Alternative for Aquaculture

    Main Street Farms received a SARE Farmer grant for on-farm research of Black Soldier Flies larvae (BSFL) as an alternative food-source for aquaculture and livestock. We plan to raise and breed BSFL in a heated green house year-round to find the ratio of pounds of larvae to pounds of food waste can be produced in a given month. The larvae will be fed cafeteria food waste, coffee grounds, and compost from other areas of the farm.