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    Rover- Remote Electric Fence Switch by Text Message

    Rover- Remote Electric Fence Switch by Text Message

    Turn your electric fence on or off with a text message. Get text alerts of power failures (and thus fence outages). Find a short or a broken section of fence way out in the pasture? No need to walk all the way back to the barn to turn the fence off to fix it (nor to "grin and bear it" while you fix it); just a send a text and in a few seconds the fence will be safe to work on.

    Farm Hack Event Tool

    Farm Hack Event Tool

    Farm Hack events are a solutions driven social approach to identify gaps, skills, opportunities to improve your local enterprises and have fun building the creative commons. This tool provides an outline of the "bill of materials" and operating recommendations for hosting FarmHack events; from promotion, to recruiting partners and recommended skills, to appropriate location and creation of culture, to food, organization, critiques and documentation.

    Outside Air Exchange Control

    Outside Air Exchange Control

    This tool demonstrates the use of two thermostats to provide a control system for an air exchange fan that draws cold outside air in to cool a storage room for winter crops. The control essentially provides a differential temperature control which may also be applicable to other processes (curing, solar hot water, etc.)

    Movable pig feeders

    Movable pig feeders

    A simple grain/slop feeder that withstands a fair amount of jostling and rooting in the pig pen, and can easily be moved when rotating pasture. Made from a plastic drum, three t-stakes, and simple hardware. Would work well for sheep or goats, etc., too.

    Long range wireless LoRa (15km) soil sensor network

    Long range wireless LoRa (15km) soil sensor network

    1) LoRaWan is a long range, low power network, an open source implementation of this http://thethingsnetwork.org/
    2) Using this technology solar soil moisture sensors could report the state over long distances 3) Code is already written for Arduino, So just needs hacking for LoRa wan https://github.com/liseman/growerbot 4) There is a variety of hardware that could be used for this: http://forum.thethingsnetwork.org/t/smallest-expected-node/568 The nodes could do all sorts of data reporting; water levels, item tracking etc

    Solarization

    Solarization

    Solarization utilizes energy from the sun to kill weeds and grasses. Simply laying a sheet of clear plastic or a large piece of glass will eliminate weeds. This technique depends on strong sunlight, and works best under dry conditions. Sliding glass doors work well. We have experimented with black plastic and clear plastic.

    Truck Bed Liner Compost Tea Collector

    Truck Bed Liner Compost Tea Collector

    This concept recycles a Truck Bed Liner. The tool produces a mid sized compost facility, and unlimited amounts of compost tea.

    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:

    3 Point Implement Mover for FEL

    3 Point Implement Mover for FEL

    I designed this tool because I was tired of using my 3 point hitch or a chain to put implements on my trailer. I also use it to move trailers and wagons around.

    Muscle-powered rotary weed whacker

    Muscle-powered rotary weed whacker

    A rotary weed whacker using a linear-to-rotary power mechanism, as used in salad spinners and toy cars. I'm not a farmer but this seems like something which readers here could develop quickly; thanks for having me. I assembled this tool with an actual salad spinner mechanism, which does not provide enough rpm; but a higher-geared mechanism with a flywheel design might, I suspect, work. A few more details are at my reel mower blog, https://reelmowerrally.wordpress.com/ Thanks again.