Farm Hack: Open Source Farmers

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Ed works the Ruckin Mill horses with his homemade soil ‘crumbler’

On Saturday I toddled up to Ruskin Mill near Stroud, for the first ever Farm Hack event outside the USA: exciting! A filled day of seminars, workshops, tool demos, idea-sharing and general chat left my head spinning and me raring to get inventing, adapting – and desperate to get either horses or a solar panel (or both)! The general theme was open sourcing: software, tool ideas on the website, skills, experience… so farmers, growers and landworkers can use preciously invented tools and ideas to make their own holding work better. Check out the myriad amazing tool ideas on the website here!

 

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Peddle-powered flour mill
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3D printers do their thing
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Blacksmith workshops ran all day
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The farmer’s favourite: welding
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Mike uses planks with bolts underneath to mark holes in bio-mulch and plastic for planting alliums
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Severine from Farm Hack welcomes all
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An adapted rocket stove for making soil-improving biochar
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Radio 4’s On The Farm interviews attendees – to be broadcast in May
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One participant made this mini hoe in a a few minutes
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Abbey from Chile explains the variety of useful apps available
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Julian recommends his workshops in France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The solar panel powers a drill, which turns the wheel hub to wind in the wire
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Solar-powered polytunnel weeder trolley from Barcombe in Sussex
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A worker lies on the end comfy ‘bed’ and weeds while the bed is pulled along

 

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