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    shipping container post-harvest shed/commercial kitchen

    shipping container post-harvest shed/commercial kitchen

    This project turns a 40' insulated shipping container into a fully operational post processing station and cold storage unit as well as a commercial kitchen for value added processing. This project can be built in under $10,000 and combines several readily available technologies such as solar-hot water systems and the cool-bot so that a farmer can process, add value and store produce from a small farm without needing to pull building permits or worry about long term tenure.

    Grower Bot

    Grower Bot

    Growerbot creates open-source soil sensors and automated watering systems that make it easy for anyone to grow more with less work. Solar-powered, wirelessly-connected, and tightly coupled with software,

    Drought Resiliance on the Small-Scale Farm

    Drought Resiliance on the Small-Scale Farm

    Initiated by the Farm Hack West Slope Colorado event, this tool navigates water supply and drought management challenges for small-scale farms in the Western US. The aim of this tool is to foster horizontal exchange of on-farm drought resiliency technique and innovation while preparing for changes in water scarcity and water politics in the West. (Photo by Anton Croos).

    laydown weeder

    laydown weeder

    Self driven laydown weeder. It runs on a 350 watts electric motor. It is geared down so top speed is around half a mile an hour, which is enough for weeding,( Most weeders don't go faster than a quarter mile an hour. ) and the advantage of gearing it down is its power. It weighs around 400 pounds and carries easily three adults of about 150 pounds each. The rechargeable batteries will last for three days on a full load.

    Freezer Pod for Stationary or Mobile Use

    Freezer Pod for Stationary or Mobile Use

    This freezer was built to provide us with on-farm storage for our frozen meat. The box is built with jacks on all four corners that enable our farm truck to hook up to it for the occasional large delivery or pick-up from meat processors. It is cooled by commercial grade refrigeration components. It can store roughly 3000 lb of frozen meat and hold it easily at -10F. Projected energy costs are $1200 / yr. The documentation of this project will include detailed instructions of how to service the refrigeration components and what tools are needed. These are useful skills for the modern farmer and I'm looking forward to sharing what I know and getting input from others!

    Sweet Box Germination Chamber V2.0

    Sweet Box Germination Chamber V2.0

    A "sweat box" style germination chamber built using readily available parts and a broken chest freezer that provides humidity and temperature control. Early season germination can be inconsistent without a closely controlled environment for starting seeds. Commercial greenhouses use similar systems but the cost can be prohibitive for the small vegetable grower. This is a branch of the first version posted to Farm Hack (http://farmhack.net/tools/sweat-box-germination-chamber)

    Strip-Till

    Strip-Till

    An Open-Source Strip-Till realised by students at UniLasalle Polytechnique Beauvais (France) with AgriLab and la chaire d'Agromachinisme et nouvelle technologie

    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.

    Livestock Manure Fuel Briquetter- The BioBeast

    Livestock Manure Fuel Briquetter- The BioBeast

    Rose Marie Belforti was interested in finding ways to manage excess livestock manure on her small farm. She wanted to design and test a prototype of an affordable hydraulic press scaled for small farm use that would sufficiently compress a raw manure/bedding mixture into brick form to be used as a heating fuel. Belforti received a SARE Farmer Grant last year to design and construct a hydraulic press to form fuel briquettes from livestock manure and to test them. The machine, dubbed the "Biomass Beast" by Rose, was built for $2,375 and Rose demonstrated production of briquettes at a rate of 90 dry pounds per hour for 3 cents per dry pound. The briquettes were found to have 6,481 BTU/lb (at 10.5% moisture content) which compared favorably to dry cord wood (e.g. 5,649 BTU/lb for sugar maple at 10% moisture). They burned easily and well. All in all, the cost of production and the heating value suggests that these briquettes deliver energy at a cost of about $4.4 per million BTU (roughly the equivalent of $105 per cord of firewood or $0.60 per gallon of fuel oil).

    How to turn a bike into a seed pelletizer for use in gardening and restoration

    How to turn a bike into a seed pelletizer for use in gardening and restoration

    Seed pellets encapsulate seeds in a mixture (often clay, and nutrient-rich organic matter such as compost, humus, or charcoal) that will potentially reduce predation by insects and rodents while allowing for increased water retention and seed-soil contact. Seed pellets are an ancient method of sowing seed, and are especially useful in areas with compacted or dry soils. Seed pellets are strewn in the desired location (no need for soil preparation) and remain inactive until heavy rains arrive, washing away the clay and allowing seeds to germinate. Making seed pellets by hand is extremely time consuming and labor intensive. To make large numbers of seed pellets in a reasonable amount of time, we constructed a bicycle-powered seed pelletizing machine that effectively coats seed in clay and compost materials. It is designed to be easily taken apart for storage or transport,so each component fits against the others without being screwed together. The bicycle spins a barrel containing the seeds and coating materials while the operators periodically mist the contents with water. The result is coated seed balls that can be used for restoration or home gardening. Here, we explain how to construct the seed pelletizing machine.