If you are one of the many people worrying about our food and where it comes from, you’re not alone! And now there’s a new reason to worry. A silent earthquake is fracturing our food systems. These new cracks are spreading all the way from digital giants in Silicon Valley and Seattle and shadowy asset […]
Hannah MacInnes is a Freelance Journalist and a regular interviewer and Podcast Host for the How To: Academy, chairing interviews, panels and debates across a wide range of subjects and current issues. We are delighted to invite you to listen to a selection of experts in this year, 2020, the super year for nature and biodiversity. The future of nature […]
The island is going to great lengths to keep water flowing to its all-important semiconductor industry, including shutting off irrigation to legions of rice growers. HSINCHU, Taiwan — Chuang Cheng-deng’s modest rice farm is a stone’s throw from the nerve center of Taiwan’s computer chip industry, whose products power a huge share of the world’s iPhones and […]
Our food system is not sustainable. The current global crisis draws attention to this fact more than ever. The Food System Change Online Congress will highlight solutions to this problem by presenting decentralized, bottom-up initiatives from all over Europe, which push for a sustainable transformation of the food system. Taking place via live online transmission […]
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace is a BBC television documentary series by filmmaker Adam Curtis. In the series, Curtis argues that computers have failed to liberate humanity, and instead have "distorted and simplified our view of the world around us." The title is taken from a 1967 poem of the same name by Richard Brautigan. The first episode was originally broadcast at 9 pm on […]
[vimeo 236206538 w=640 h=360] The Detox Project reported on Tuesday that they along with MetricBio have launched the first ever Glyphosate Biobank. which is being funded by the public. The aim of the Biobank is to help shed further light on the levels of glyphosate in the U.S population in addition to helping researchers investigate […]
"Kyle is one of many farmers in the US fighting for the right to repair their equipment. He and others are getting behind Nebraska’s “Fair Repair” bill, which would require companies to provide consumers and independent repair shops access to service manuals, diagnostic tools and parts so they aren’t limited to a single supplier. They […]
The right to repair movement is gaining traction across the globe despite pushback from powerful industries, however there is little dispute that it is being led by farmers seeking alternatives to costly licensing restrictions. Farm Hacks and open source technology are issues that are close to our hearts here at Greenhorns and we are delighted […]
A great tool for those of us who a. love beautiful interactive maps, and b. rely on up-to-date weather information.
Looking at a few different crowdsourced financing platforms.
Tech companies and the digital economy don't have to be all bad!
A photo tour of Les Recontres, a radical hands-on skill-sharing event in France hosted by French farm hacking heroes l'Atelier Paysan.
"PhotosynQ is an open source software and sensor platform where communities can identify, research, and implement new methods to solve their local problems. Our initial focus is on agriculture, where we’re bringing together researchers, extension, crop consultants, and farmers to develop precision ag solutions in markets largely ignored by ‘big ag’ (small farms, niche crops, […]
For the more obsessive among us, for those of us who want a minimum of ten minutes warning before the clouds break, for farmers, there's a great app for monitoring the weather of your own special microclimate-- even from remote location. Place censors wherever you please and the AcruLink app tracks, stores, and shares temperature, humidity, wind, […]
With a focus on disease resistance and hardiness, researchers are hard at work developing the grape cultivars of the future. Through a multidisciplinary collaborative project called VitisGen, researchers are are working to decrease the time, effort, and cost of developing these new grapes. According to the VitisGen website, the project “incorporates cutting-edge genomics technology and […]
Scientists at the Climate/Energy Design and Research institute (CEDAR) have just announced the discovery of an astounding new energy source that promises to solve several of humanity’s thorniest dilemmas at once. “This is a paradigm-shifting moment,” says Dawn O’Newday, the engineer in charge of the project. “Whatever your game is, this changes it. Big time.” […]
Aerial Imagery Seminars Set for 2015 Empire Farm Days The view from an airplane or drone gives farmers a unique perspective of their land and crops. Daily seminars at 1pm at the new Soil Health Seminar Center at the August 11-13, 2015 Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY, […]
What a great idea! A "sustainable food iconothon"brought together designers and foodies to create these "emojis for foodies". The hope is that farmers will use them in marketing. If any of you greenhorns end up using these, let us know! We would love to promote their use! Download them HERE, and read more about the […]
From Mid-Missouri Public Radio Unmanned aerial vehicles aren’t just for spies or for the battlefield. Farmers all over the country think drones can give them a leg up, too. Tech-savvy farmers have been waiting for years for the government to make up its mind about the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Right now, anyone […]
For making mid-morning tea out in the field! Also known as a Storm Kettle, and offered by Lehman's and by KellyKettle.com (UK) The hollow kettle, made of double skinned aluminum, surrounds the fire you build in the base. The water absorbs the fire's heat in an amazingly efficient manner. Add fuel (paper, leaves, sticks, wood) […]
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace is a 2011 BBC documentary series by filmmaker Adam Curtis. The series argues that computers have failed to liberate humanity and instead have "distorted and simplified our view of the world around us". The title is taken from the 1967 poem of the same name by Richard Brautigan. The first of three episodes aired in May 2011 on BBC2. […]
Use this kit from Agdia Biofords to test for traces of gmo contamination in your crops!! Check it out here-- available for corn, sugar beets, cotton, soybeans.
Open Tech Forever is helping create the Open Source Economy: a collaborative society that shares its knowledge, skills, technologies, and resources to overcome artificial barriers and achieve abundance and prosperity for all. And they are building an OPEN SOURCE FACTORY! We have a 40 acre permaculture site 15 minutes from downtown Denver. This campaign will fund the […]
Scaling Up the Beginning Farm with Innovation and Appropriate Technology July 9, 2013, 3:30 -6:00pm followed by potluck dinner Juniper Hill Farm, 82 Loukes Lane, Wadhams(Westport) NY 12993 On-farm equipment hacks and energy efficiency are effective strategies to increase output and scale up the farm, but how does the smart farmer prioritize projects and maintain […]
Some of you with commercial kitchens might benefit from this. Gredio. Software applications for tiny food companies. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMDhOptzSxI]
Tech-Savvy Maine farmer Clayton Carter of Fail Better Farm created this sweet crop-planning software and has offered it up for free! If you've always wanted to be more organized but couldn't find the time, this is your lucky day. Here's the deal: You've found a sweet piece of land, ordered a pile of seeds, rigged […]
Want to be a part of the young and beginning farmer national community? National Young Farmers Coalition is proud to launch the NYFC Forum! Serving as a link between farmers, coalitions, and farm-supporters from around the country, the forum is a space for chatting about farm techniques and practices, making sense of farm laws and […]
A timeline of farmer's rights/populism. Very cool. Find it here.
send to us by Rachel, who writes: "I wanted to let you know about the debut of our new app for food gardeners, Agrisaurus (aka "Ag-Resource") For the past two years, we here at Farmscape have been developing Agrisaurus to help gardeners find more success in their plots. We want to make designing, planning, and managing a […]
[vimeo=https://vimeo.com/43857411] our good friend, andrew plotsky: http://farmrun.com
We're very excited for farmack Iowa NEXT WEEK! Don't forget to RSVP. Here's the latest: Farm Hack Iowa team is way excited for next Wednesday, and we hope you are too. We wanted to give you all a few updates on the event, and also introduce one aspect of the Farm Hack process: the design […]
Wonderful news from GreenStart NH! After many years of prototyping and revisions, our self-contained, mobile biodiesel processor will soon be ready to process New Hampshire-grown vegetable oil into fuel to power our farms. Our next steps with this project will be a final bill of materials, documenting the technology, and publishing the designs to the […]
Ready for your perusal and participation: http://www.farmhack.net/tools http://www.farmhack.net/forum
It's called the Cyclocarder and was invented by Katherine Jolda. Read more about it HERE
Local Roots Farm talks about their experience: http://localrootsfarm.wordpress.com/2011/12/28/small-farm-equipment-review-part-ii-the-jang-seeder/ You can purchase the seeder through Johnny's Selected Seeds HERE. And HERE is a tech sheet on the rollers.
Here are some reddit pages to follow: http://www.reddit.com/r/farming/ http://www.reddit.com/r/argriculture What's reddit, you ask? Wikipedia says: "reddit (pronounced /ˈrɛdɪt/) is a social news website where the registered users submit content, in the form of either a link or a text "self" post. Other users then vote the submission "up" or "down," which is used to rank […]
for ecological responders http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/weeklynews/oct11/ngs-mobile.html
http://www.pedal-power.com/ Pedal Power Engineering (PPE) is a small engineering firm that designs and builds human-powered devices. We focus on stationary pedal-powered machines called dynapods. Our first dynapod will be available for purchase in the fall of 2011. We also build custom machines.
The next Farm Hack event from NYFC will be September 17th in Syracuse, NY on the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry campus. It is a meeting of minds between students, faculty, farmers and other professionals to create solutions for small scale farmers. There will be people with backgrounds in […]