Most of our FarmHack events have been at engineering schools (mechanical, environmental, etc.). But I see a great opportunity to to team up with architects to develop designs that will benefit young and beginning farmers.
My vegetable farm started out really small and grew quickly over the course of 6 years or so. We were on rented land and challenged with making all of our infrastructure non-permanent.
There's a real need for designs for farm infrastructure that is:
- Scale-able and modular, to that the components of this year's wash station setup is still useful if the farm grows fourfold in a few years;
- Mobile, so that if farmers on leased land move their operation they can bring their infrastructure with them;
- Can integrate found or repurposed building materials (pallets? salvage lumber? greenhouse hoops?)
Anyone have connections to an architecture school that would be a good host for this?
Ideas for other goals for a FarmHack architecture session?
Hearty Roots Community Farm