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    Pedestal greenhouse or general-purpose table

    Pedestal greenhouse or general-purpose table

    Straight table legs get in the way and are fragile without lots of bracing. A pedestal base with 45 and 30/60 geometry uses 40% less lumber than a 6-legged table, is self-adjusting on un-level ground, and is much stronger than a 6-legged table (and MUCH stronger than a 4-legged table!). It uses a combination of tension and compression to keep the table top from deforming under load. It allows tables to be placed closer together, as a wheelbarrow can run between tables beneath the table top.

    TricTrac- Tricycle Tractor

    TricTrac- Tricycle Tractor

    The TricTrac is a pedal-powered tractor made from a modified bicycle which can be adapted for various low-power farming operations.

    seedling plug dislodger

    seedling plug dislodger

    For anyone trying to efficiently get seedlings out of trays, this is a simple solution. Please see the following blog post: http://www.agroecologychiloe.com/diy.html

    multi-dibbler

    multi-dibbler

    A multi-dibbler is a simple tool to mark a seeding bed. Follow this link to a step by step explination of how to make one: http://www.agroecologychiloe.com/diy.html

    Finger Weeder

    Finger Weeder

    Finger weeders are a cultivation tool which use ground driven, rubber, star shaped discs to disturb the soil very close to the cultivated crop. Their main advantage is their ability to reach in row weeds. They do not damage the cultivated crop because of the soft rubber which they are made of. They are best for transplanted or well-established crops because they can damage smaller crops.

    Hoophouse IoT & Temperature Control

    Hoophouse IoT & Temperature Control

    49: IoT* for Farming & 56: Hoop House Temperature Control See my blog at http://dicks-photon-arduino.blogspot.com/ especially Posts 49 and 56

    Agricultural Entries and Translations from the Encyclopédie, 1751

    Agricultural Entries and Translations from the Encyclopédie, 1751

    The Encyclopédie was the first encyclopedia to include contributions from many named contributors, and it was the first general encyclopedia to lavish attention on the mechanical arts, such as metallaria (blacksmithing, metallurgy), agricultura (agriculture), vestiaria (tailoring, weaving), architectura (architecture, masonry), mercatura (trade), coquinaria (cooking). “This is a work that cannot be completed except by a society of men of letters and skilled workmen, each working separately on his own part, but all bound together solely by their zeal for the best interests of the human race and a feeling of mutual good will.” —Diderot The following sections first published in 1751 embody many of Farm Hack's ideals.

    solar electric tractor Sparky

    solar electric tractor Sparky

    Massey Harris Pacer converted to solar electris 48 V 10 hp (8 x 6 deep cycle batteries with 3 solar panels for a max of 750 W total). Electirc over hydraulic 3 point hitch added. Implements: tool bar with various attachments for market gardening, disc and harrows, seeder, inverter for weedeater/chainsaw/buzzsaw for distant work/firewood, hayrake, hay inverter, potato planter/harvester, pulls full loads of hay, small platform for moving tools/fencing supplies etc. around farm. Sparky is in its 5th year of operation with virtually no problems.

    Record Keeping and Profitability/Efficiency Analysis Tool

    Record Keeping and Profitability/Efficiency Analysis Tool

    This tool takes labor, materials, and sales data for each enterprise and automatically generates various reports to, among other things, compare the profitability of the users' enterprises and the efficiency of the users' methods.

    Bed Shaper

    Bed Shaper

    I built this bed shaper from an old 2 row cultivator purchased for $200 from craigslist. By adding disc hillers I could hill beds but still had to rake them before seeding or planting. I created this bed shaper from salvaged lumber. It has allowed me to fully shape the beds (sometimes with multiple passes depending on soil conditions) using the tractor. It took me only a few hours to build. For the time and money involved it is a vast improvement. It also acted as a practice build, as I would like to build a more permanent bed shaper from steel this following year. After one season of use the shaper has held up well, but I imagine it will start to deteriorate in a fairly short time given that I have no place to store it indoors. Materials: 1. Old culitvator (often on craigslist for very cheap) 2. U bolts- to attach shaper to cultivator 3. Disc Hiller (various suppliers on the internet. I purchased mine from Agrisupply. Cheap but the shanks have bent. Consider better quality hillers) 4. Scrap lumber: 2x4's, 2x6's 5. Lag Screws