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    Tough inexpensive pastured pig waterer

    Tough inexpensive pastured pig waterer

    Pigs are tough on equipment. This simple water system doesn't tip in a pasture situation, stays clean and prevents the pigs from disturbing the hose connection.

    Triangle quick-attach to 3 point hitch

    Triangle quick-attach to 3 point hitch

    This quick attach system enables more rapid and safer changing of implements than a standard three point hitch. The design also enables use of a standard three point hitch if the tractor side portion of the quick attach system is not installed.

    Bicycle Powered Thresher

    Bicycle Powered Thresher

    Complete instructions for making a bicycle powered thresher. Thresher works on various crops including dry beans, wheat, rice, rye, einkorn, and lupine. Threshes about one pound per minute. This is the first of three tools for small scale grain processing designed to allow small farms to dabble in grain. The other two tools are the bicycle powered fanning mill and the bicycle powered de-huller/flour mill.

    Conceptual scaled 'farmbot'

    Conceptual scaled 'farmbot'

    Inspired by the farmbot and other open source ideas, this is a concept I've been thinking about and finally did a quick sketchup to better explain it to some friends. You'll get the idea, just take a look. Let me know if there are any collaborators in the Bay Area!

    Spray Table and Sink

    Spray Table and Sink

    This is a sink that will also function as a spray table. It has an adjustable work height to accommodate users of different heights and different tasks and was designed to be used in conjunction with dunnage racks. It was designed and built for the Small Farms program at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora, Oregon with a Clackamas Extension Innovation Grant.

    Heated Greenhouse Table

    Heated Greenhouse Table

    Heated greenhouse tables serve two main purpose on the small market garden veggie farm. First, it offers a place with a fairly constant temperature to ensure high germination rates. Not too unlike the Sweat Box Germination Chamber (http://farmhack.net/tools/sweat-box-germination-chamber), However, this tool allows us to continue growing the seedlings under optimal conditions until they get a bit stronger. Secondly, we can get some onion plants out to the greenhouse to free up room in our seedling room. We start onions and greenhouse tomatoes under lights in the basement, then move them out to the greenhouse when we are ready to start heating the greenhouse/nursery.

    Flow-Through Vermicomposter

    Flow-Through Vermicomposter

    The purpose of this tool is to provide a space to vermicompost a variety of waste ( animal manure, food scraps, or other organic waste) with worms and produce safe worm castings, a valuable resource. The worm castings can be utilized in a variety of ways on the farm or sold to other farms and gardeners.

    Black Soldier Fly as a Feed Alternative for Aquaculture

    Black Soldier Fly as a Feed Alternative for Aquaculture

    Main Street Farms received a SARE Farmer grant for on-farm research of Black Soldier Flies larvae (BSFL) as an alternative food-source for aquaculture and livestock. We plan to raise and breed BSFL in a heated green house year-round to find the ratio of pounds of larvae to pounds of food waste can be produced in a given month. The larvae will be fed cafeteria food waste, coffee grounds, and compost from other areas of the farm.

    Low-cost mobile hoop house

    Low-cost mobile hoop house

    Moveable 16' X 48' Hoop house compatible with year-round vegetable growing rotations as described in "The Four Season Harvest" and elsewhere that is large enough to be useful but small enough to be constructed on farm with basic tools and easily sourced materials. Hoop house uses multiple independent wheel assemblies during moves that enable one or two persons to move the house manually.

    Fido, the temperature alarm that sends text messages

    Fido, the temperature alarm that sends text messages

    Is your greenhouse getting frosty? How about too hot today? Is your fridge still on? Fido is a temperature alarm that will send you text messages that you can build for around $100. Solder together the Arduino based model or snap together the Raspberry Pi based model.