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    Auto-fill High Output Temperature Controlled Humidifier

    Auto-fill High Output Temperature Controlled Humidifier

    This project turns a 5 gallon bucket into a high capacity (4 gal/day), automatic fill humidifier. The bucket serves as a reservoir for the water and also as a mounting platform for the parts required to operate the humidifier. Water heated to a know temperature will transfer a predictable amount of water vapor to an air stream of a known temperature and humidity (wet bulb temperature). We use this property to develop a highly controlled humidifier using a temperature control to sense water temperature and control the heater, tank deicer for heat, and a CPU fan for air flow. We also add a toilet fill valve to the assembly to allow for automatic fill of the humidifier. NOTE: Pictures shown from the first build do not include complete safety features including: electronics enclosure, GFCI protected circuit / outlet, and terminal covers. Please take care when wiring and using this design to ensure personnel and property protection.

    Root Washer

    Root Washer

    An open-source root washer that can be built sturdily with NO WELDING. Thanks to SARE for helping make this project happen!

    bicycle powered thresher,fan mill, and dehuller

    bicycle powered thresher,fan mill, and dehuller

    Links below to the complete plans for bike powered tools for small scale grain processing; a thresher, a fan mill/winnower, and a dehuller/flour mill. The plans guide a farmer or a fabricator through step-by-step instructions using wood, metal, and scavenged bicycle parts. The cost of materials is $200 per machine and the machines process about 1# per minute for each process. In a well equipped garage/shop the machines can be built in 20-40 hours each.

    Oat and Grain Dehuller

    Oat and Grain Dehuller

    REHULLER AND SEED SCARIFIER Designed for hulling and scarifying seed, such as Sweet Clover, Alfalfa, Timothy, etc. It is a very fast working machine, combining simplicity of operation with efficiency and durability. It also does excellent work hulling oats. Its capacity is up to 100 bushels per hour on average run of Sweet Clover Seed. It can be used for breaking dirt or clay lumps so that the dust can be removed by screens.

    Low cost pedalpower rootwasher

    Low cost pedalpower rootwasher

    Low cost root washer that can be pedal powered. It should be easily constructed on-farm. This is suitable for carrots, potatoes, etc. Can handle how many pounds/bushles per hour? This rootwasher was demonstrated at red planet vegetables 3/10/2012:

    Small Scale Thresher

    Small Scale Thresher

    This small thresher was built mostly from scrap lumber and metal stock I could obtain in my local hardware store. I do not have a welder so used a threaded rod, lock washers, and nuts to assemble the threshing bars.

    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.

    Mobile Wash Station

    Mobile Wash Station

    Low-cost DIY, mobile wash station for increasing efficiency in post-harvest processing. Needs exterior hose or spigot to use. The partnership was Elise McMahon, Liam Turkle, Fay Strongin and Tess Brown-Lavoie (both from Sidewalk Ends Farm in Providence, RI). We started working on it at FarmHack RISD and then finished it on 12 May in Providence.

    Vegetable Washing Station

    Vegetable Washing Station

    As a part of the Morven Summer Institute, a group of students from the University of Virginia created this Vegetable Washing Station in order to aid small farmers in harvest efficiency. The station is meant to be in or near the field in order to streamline the harvest-to-market process and help with the negative affects of vegetables wilting due to field heat. The Vegetable Washing Station and How-To Guide were created by Jenna Godfrey, Doug Beach, and Cristina Maldonado at the Morven Summer Institute in 2011.

    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.