Food Solutions New England

Food Solutions New England (FSNE) is a regional food systems learning-action network dedicated to advancing a sustainable New England food system. The FSNE network is organized around four interrelated activities:

A New England Food Vision, a bold vision that calls for our region to build the capacity to produce up to 70% of food that is produced in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner, that promotes health and is accessible by all New Englanders by 2060; New England state food planning initiatives; annual New England food summits and topical workshops; and related analysis, communication and visualization.

The UNH Sustainability Institute serves as the backbone organization for FSNE. Since its inception in 2006, FSNE has advanced its mission by linking a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, and synergestic activities.

Open Shop Tools
Stage: Ready to Build
"Smart Farm" tools
# of Topics: 70
Last Tool Wiki Update 09/03/2015
# of Wiki Edits: 24
Stage: Concept
# of Topics: 3
Last Tool Wiki Update 10/14/2013
# of Wiki Edits: 5
Forum Topics from Organization's members

Tine weeder tine jig - for on farm prodcution of replacement tines?

Identified Need - lower cost adjustable tine weeder tines

I was just reading Ben's post about building a belly mounted tine weeder for an Alis G, and looking at the economics of the tines from Lely or Kovar. I wonder if we might use the power of Farm Hack to develop a tine bending tool, so that we could get the cost per tine down to something well under the $15+ for the lely? This would also enable some customization and replacement when new ones are needed, or enable farms to try longer or shorter, stiffer, or softer tines based on their application.

Forum Comments from Organization's members
dorn's picture

It seems that lot of the work is getting these low cost spectrometers calibrated to plant tissue and soil sample analysis. The more robust version is only $40 -

this is a great way in to start developing open data sharing that is being discussed in this tool wiki

to start to develop calibration standards and assign some meaning to data coming out of this kind of technology.

There is also this sandboxed tool that tries to get at how to pull in this kind of data and make it useful to farmers and researchers alike.

Would be great to tie it into this kind of software too