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Collaborative Culture Survey Question #2 DGrover Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 12:12pm Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 12:12pm 0
Collaborative Culture Survey Question #1 DGrover Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 12:09pm Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 12:09pm 0
New Farm Hack Method Document - Feedback? DGrover Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 10:21am Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 10:21am 0
farm hack at small farms conf in Nevada--who's going? DGrover Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 9:59pm Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 7:09pm 1
Org Call 11/12/15 DGrover Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 8:39pm Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 8:39pm 0
Very nice documentation DGrover Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 10:22pm Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 10:22pm 0
Awesome tool, documentation possibilities DGrover Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 12:02pm Sunday, October 25, 2015 - 12:02pm 0
Culticycle Weekend at Tuckaway Farm DGrover Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 5:22pm Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 5:22pm 0
Web Org Call 4/17/15 -- Squash that bug DGrover Friday, April 17, 2015 - 12:23am Friday, April 17, 2015 - 12:23am 0
This is awesome! DGrover Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 7:39pm Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 7:39pm 0

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I didn't end up casting one. We were hoping to have some engineering students in boston play with this in their polymers lab but it didn't end up happening. However, Tim Cook has been working on finger weeders--I believe that he's cutting them out of conveyer mat. I'll send him a link to this thread so he can comment further.
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Here's a link to the webinar: http://memberassembler.com/hub/farmdata-webinar



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<p> https://farmhack.hackpad.com/21816-eEAegHseveL</p>
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Hey there, 

You should contact RuralHub, they will probably be a good place to start. 




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Are these links displaying as hyperlinks for you guys? They're appearing as plain text for me...

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I'd encourage you to contact Main Street. They're gurus. Email them. 

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Chris Callahan, UVM ag engineer has some additional info to add: 


The motor they have is fine, there is a prior thread on the topic.  ½ HP 1725 RPM.  Need to check whether the face is 56C or not.  It makes connecting to the gear reducer easier.


For gear reducers, they should search “56C 40:1 gear reducer”


Grainger: http://www.grainger.com/product/DAYTON-Speed-Reducer-4Z732

McMaster: http://www.mcmaster.com/#gear-reducers/=zivg0v

Zoro: http://www.zoro.com/dayton-c-face-speed-reducer-43-rpm/g/00121608/

The 56C face is a standard 4 bolt face that makes attaching the gear reducer easier and more stable.  Doesn’t look like the motor they have has that face."

I think this may be the previous thread he's referring to. 

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I likewise don't know anything about gear reducers but this seems to be similar to the one Versaland is referring to. 

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9-10: Meet and greet, coffee, make a plan for the day
9:15: Put together first culticycle

Once the first culticycle is assembled, we'll pause to do a design review and improvement brainstorm.

10-12:30: Build

Break up into build groups

Build Project Possibilities:

1 basket weeder

1 culticycle assemblies

1 culticycle build from scratch

1 belly mount ordered by Amy (@ Hawthorne Valley)

1 Brush weeder

excercycle project

12:30: Lunch and Lunch Conversation: Commercialization: what might it look like?
1:30-?: Continue Builds
end of build: Farm Hack happy hour either at Wenzaday's shop or out on the town.


9-12:30: Continue Build
10:00-11:00: Farm Shop Hacking: Techniques for Low Tech/Pedal Power Fabrication
12:30: Lunch!
1:30-?: Continue Build

Demos (throughout the event):

Grain grinder

lu's culticycle

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I can't wait to see this design process unfold. It would be great to host a google hangout on this topic so that we can get more people who are interested talking together about this.

Will you be joining us this weekend in Boston for the pedal power event?

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Hey there Jan,

The easiest way to connect pages internally on Farm Hack is just by hyperlinking from one page to another through URLs. Let us know if we can help you out--


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Hi Stephen,

Currently being organized is an event in the UK in April. I don't know how much of the goings on will be relevant to Arduino but it would be a great place to tap into the FH community there in the UK. Ed Hamer of the Land Worker's Alliance is the main contact there. I'll intro you to him.

Relevant to arduino/raspberry pi on this side of the pond are Apitronics, Fido, and Open Pipe Kit.

Continue to be in touch with any questions you have and thanks for joining the conversation here!

Thanks for sharing your

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I actually found this one at the junk yard. I was considering using a stainless sink and then I happened on this guy in the aluminum dumpster. A quick assessment of whether I could get out once I jumped in then I went and grabbed it :).

Stainless sinks are more available (though probably more expensive at scrap prices).

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On a slightly separate topic but getting at the same goal, I think the most important thing we can do to advocate good documentation is make it super easy and accessible to document on the Farm Hack site. The more advanced and tech-savvy documenters figure out work-arounds to embed pdfs, imgur albums, spreadsheets, hackpads, dozuki etc. But in an ideal platform, all of these functionalities might be made more native.

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But I wonder how a tool like this might work for the Farm Hack community? GrabCAD

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Hello, I added some wiring information in two places--to the imgur album and to the tool wiki. Let me know if you have further questions!

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We're going to be having a pedal power meet-up in Boston in March. Maybe you can make it. Email me: daniel.b.grover [@] gmail [dot] com.

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Great conversation here!

There are a lot of tools out there to facilitate open data sharing, interoperability, etc. Thank you Jeff, Sev, Louis, Dorn, for sharing and pointing to many of them.

And there is an ever increasing amount of data sets for many, many different types of data in the food and agriculture space.

My question is how should the process of establishing an Open Data Standard for Food and Ag work? And how does that process scale?

What types of institutional support are necessary? And what can the Farm Hack community provide to this effort?

What is the precedent put forward by other industries for establishing data standards, both in terms of process and results?

What do we want to emulate and what do we want to leave behind? And how do we accomplish this work?

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Hello, you can contact Lu Yoder @ bravelittleship [at] gmail [dot] com

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Hey Kyle,

I built this for a farm in Shrewsbury, VT so I asked them to answer your questions since they're the one using it now. Answers in-line below:

Was the humidity and temperature relatively consistent on the top shelf vs. bottom? Was there any drastic difference in germination times?

Germination was consistent throughout the chamber...I haven't measured any difference in temperature and humidity from top to bottom, but on a practical level it works great.

How has the heating/water system held up over time? (you mention the galvanic reaction above - is it worth going with stainless?)

It's only been in use for a year, but there haven't been any issues with the materials.

Any other substitutions in materials you would have made in hindsight?

I'm happy with the materials. Some things we learned are that its necessary to cover the seeds more than if they were going to naturally germinate...the high humidity environment can cause the plants to send their roots into the air, rather than the soil. We're going to experiment by partially covering the top of the water reservoir to keep the humidity below 100%. It's also imperative to remove the trays just before germination...in the completely dark environment we've had trays with no sign of germination one evening, and the next morning the cotyledons are over an inch off of the soil on a thin leggy stem.

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Chris-- We'd be thrilled to work with you, share content, co-develop, etc. Perhaps a phone conversation could bring us closer to a concrete concept of what that might look like.

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The plumbing heat tape works great and it's safe. Built in thermostat makes it good for this application. This is being used in VA right now so not the coldest temperatures. Would love to see it tested at a colder climate. Report back if you do, please.

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i.e. trello, hackpad, bugherd, etc?

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Improving the user experience of the site is emerging from our Organizers Calls and web development conversations as a high priority. All are welcome to join in the collaborative development and brainstorming processes at any time.

We have a developer working on a usability study for the site at the moment. The outcome will be more helpful feedback like what you're providing here. It will ultimately result in the FH site being easier to use and more accessible.

We're also talking about automating "Welcome" messages when users register and when they make their first post. These would users the documentation and usability guidance which should be more apparent.

We do have documentation guidance in the Tool Template but it may not be that accessible. The getting started page at the top of the home screen may help with that but perhaps it needs to be made more readily available and interactive.

Thanks again for the comments.

Improve by collaboration, grow by participation

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Welcome to the Farm Hack community! Sounds like you have a lot to offer-- please let us know if we can help you document your tools!

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One possible way to organize "Related Tools" is as wiki-style, in-text links within the "Documentation" category. This may render the "Related Tools" redundant as it is conceptualized here.

However, I could also see a role for a graphic interface in the related tools section. This interface would show a web of relationships between tools, forums, people, skills, and commerce. Don't know if it's worthwhile to build something like this but it seems that if we are going to show Related Tools outside of Documentation, we may want to do it in a visual way.

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We're experiencing technical difficulties, working on the hangout, more soon.