National Center for Appropriate Technology

Attention Central Valley farmers, engineers, makers, mechanics, builders and innovators!

Put your skills and yearning for collaboration to work at the upcoming Farm Hack in Davis! Farm Hack design events are meant spark collaboration and creative design to help make our region's small-scale agriculture stronger and more resilient. This event will bring together farmers and makers to develop, document and design low-cost, low-tech tools, improve efficiency of existing tools, or hack other agricultural issues that are common barriers for local farmers. Come be a part of improving local agriculture!

Event Agenda

Event Dates: November 16-17 2013 (17th is optional) Time: Day 1- 9:00 am – 6:30 pm; Day 2- 9:30am – open Location:Day 1- Glide Ranch, Davis, CA; Day 2- Farm 2.6 Davis, CA

Day 1

Glide Ranch 35366 Russell Blvd Davis, CA 95616 Glide Ranch is just a few miles west of Davis on Russell Blvd. Look for a large sign on your left that says "Glide Ranch" and follow the driveway down and to the right.

9:00 – 9:30 Registration check-in, breakfast & coffee, I Have -- I Need Board

9:30 – 10:15 Welcome and introductions. Housekeeping, Overview of the day

10:15 -10:45 Introduction to the design process

10:45 - 12:30 Presentation of farmer design projects, and selection of teams. Launch into projects. (participants will be able to choose the project that interests them most and participate in its design process. Because of the large number of participants, each project will have 2 teams dedicated to it.) Projects Include: Online marketplace for beginning farmers, year-round apiary design and education for orchards, Small farm-scale vermi-composting, Grain elevator for small- scale grain growers, Barley malting system for small-scale grain growers.

12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH

1:30 – 3:00 Continuation of the design process in teams

3:30 – 4:30 Equipment Showcase and/or break - get supplies, keep working, etc. -- The equipment showcase will be a chance to see some homemade farm equipment and tools that are either completed or in need of a little help to complete. This is a great chance to see other farmers' innovation, and lend a hand to help improve and complete these projects.

4:30 – 5:30 Report back to large group on project designs

5:30- 6:00 Wrap up and where to go from here?

6:00 Dinner, networking and socializing, raffle

Day 2:

FARM 2.6 25450 County Road 95 Davis, CA 95616

9:00 - 2:00pm - Re-purposed tool-making workshop - Continued prototyping for designs (workshop space available)

1:30 Farm tours (optional) 1) Refarmery - Rio Linda, CA 2) Pacific Star Gardens - Woodland, CA

Registration for the event is currently full

Need a ride or a place to stay? You can use this google spreadsheet to connect with fellow Farm Hackers. You are responsible for contacting the people who offer a ride or bed.

Contact: Find us on Facebook or follow us on twitter @farmhackdavis

The FarmHack community is open source (take a look!), so designs developed at the event will be documented for others to use, tweak, or develop further. Where things go after the event will be up to team members.

Farm Hack Davis is sponsored by the National Center for Appropriate Technology and the Sustainable AgTech Innovation Center at UC Davis.

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Clicking on link "Albert Rogers" loads wrong user profile

I am Bill Spurlock (Fram Hack user name Sunny Slope Orchard), and happened to click on the user name "Albert Rogers" in this forum topic: When I do so I see MY user profile (Sunny Slope Orchard) loaded, and the URL shown is:

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Sunny Slope Orchard's picture

I have not given that much thought since I just made my drill as a one time project for my particular use. I only have to deal with fairly fine residue when I plant which is no problem. But I suspect that for heavy residue you would need to mimic standard no-till drill designs which use paired coulters slightly angled to simultaneously cut through residue and create a furrow. You would also need to use press wheels to close the furrows rather than the scraper blades I use which would clog with residue. Good luck,