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arizona science institute launches first ever glyphosate testing biobank

[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 […]

Posted: November 8 2017
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the right to repair movement takes on apple and john deere in nebraska

"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 […]

Posted: August 18 2017
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the right to repair and the role of open source technology.

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 […]

Posted: June 29 2017
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if you wanted to track your local wind patterns...

A great tool for those of us who a. love beautiful interactive maps, and b. rely on up-to-date weather information.

Posted: April 12 2017
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an alternative route to farm financing

Looking at a few different crowdsourced financing platforms.

Posted: March 9 2017
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before you throw rocks, read this book

Tech companies and the digital economy don't have to be all bad!

Posted: February 22 2017
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commons based technology: a glimpse inside l`atelier paysan

A photo tour of Les Recontres, a radical hands-on skill-sharing event in France hosted by French farm hacking heroes l'Atelier Paysan.

Posted: January 6 2017
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photosynq: open source platform for collaborative problem solving

"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, […]

Posted: February 21 2016
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weather app for farmers

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, […]

Posted: January 3 2016
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developing the grape cultivars of the future

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 […]

Posted: December 31 2015
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amazing new energy source: introducing TREES

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.” […]

Posted: August 26 2015
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improving crop management with aerial imagery set for 2015 empire farm days

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, […]

Posted: July 30 2015
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emojis for foodies & farmers!

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 […]

Posted: July 12 2014
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drones: coming to a farm near you?

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 […]

Posted: March 21 2014
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the kelly kettle -- a trick we learned in the uk

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) […]

Posted: February 18 2014
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all watched over by machines of loving grace

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. […]

Posted: November 19 2013
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diy gmo testing!

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.

Posted: August 4 2013
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open source forever!

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 […]

Posted: July 13 2013
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nofa-ny farm hack event

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 […]

Posted: July 1 2013
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gredio

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]  

Posted: June 10 2013
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crop planning genius

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 […]

Posted: April 1 2013
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NYFC online forum

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 […]

Posted: March 9 2013
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farmers' rights, back in the day

A timeline of farmer's rights/populism. Very cool. Find it here.

Posted: October 24 2012
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an app for growing food

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 […]

Posted: September 30 2012
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farmrun, at your service

[vimeo=https://vimeo.com/43857411] our good friend, andrew plotsky: http://farmrun.com

Posted: June 14 2012
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farmhack IOWA and the design charette!

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 […]

Posted: June 13 2012
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mobile biodiesel processing!

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 […]

Posted: April 11 2012
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farmhack tools & forum!

Ready for your perusal and participation: http://www.farmhack.net/tools http://www.farmhack.net/forum

Posted: March 14 2012
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plenty of press, but making sure we all heard about this funny biz

http://www.bigboxfarms.com/

Posted: February 16 2012
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bicycle-powered carding!

It's called the Cyclocarder and was invented by Katherine Jolda.  Read more about it HERE

Posted: January 11 2012
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have you heard of the jang seeder?

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.

Posted: January 9 2012
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making sure you are all new media savvy

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/)[3] 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 […]

Posted: December 12 2011
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mapping and projecting future damage. noaa comes up with mobile app

for ecological responders http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/weeklynews/oct11/ngs-mobile.html

Posted: October 13 2011
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great new website for andy and friends

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.

Posted: August 30 2011
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next farmhack event!

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 […]

Posted: August 4 2011
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mapping power in america

http://www.theyrule.net/ of course, the young farmer mafia is also quite strong. OUR SKILLS are worth more than THEIR JEWELS .

Posted: July 9 2011
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tools by the century

Antique Farm Tools.info What a collection!  There's much to learn from these tools.  Seed fiddle, anyone? Peter Charles Dorrington collected and restored over 750 antique farm tools between 1985 and 2001. Most of these tools were agricultural hand implements and fenland tools that were used in England, Wales and Scotland, dating from about 1600 to […]

Posted: June 27 2011
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got internet?

Farmers and Rural Broadband Internet Access The blog site Geekinthecountry.com is seeking small, organic, sustainable, or biodynamic farmers to interview for a book and possible podcast series. The subject centers on how broadband internet access, or the lack of it, affects the way farmers learn new techniques, connect with other like- minded people, find resources […]

Posted: May 30 2011
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farmanac

Greenhorns, you can suggest this app to all your iphone-using customers. [vimeo http://vimeo.com/22962283] Farmanac is an iPhone app that empowers consumers to make better decisions when shopping for fruits and vegetables. Farmanac does the work for you, telling you exactly when produce is in season locally; what its pesticide level is (indicating whether to splurge […]

Posted: May 25 2011