Faith Gilbert has just released her Guide to Sharing Farm Equipment, a 42-page guidebook intended for farmers, service providers, cooperators, and organizers of shared equipment pools. The guidebook covers a wide array of practical concerns for equipment sharing. It includes case studies, a review of ownership and management arrangements, financial considerations, annotated budgets, best practices, as well as much more to facilitate tool-sharing initiatives. It’s available for free online HERE and print copies are available by request from Letterbox Farm.
We’ve got another good one for all of our fellow map geeks out there. Sev just learned about Windy TV from the lighthouse keeper in the Azores. The website provides a real-time map visualization of wind and weather patterns around the globe. It allows the user to zero in on a specific address or to get a satellite’s-eye-view of whole continents, and it’s a great tool for educating yourself about about predominant wind patterns and their seasonal variations.
Utility aside, we’d be remiss for not mentioning that the visualization is in and of itself downright gorgeous; as far as we’re concerned this is kind of the best way to spend time on the internet since Google Earth.
Oh, and bonus? Windy TV also provides your local forecast five days out without the encroachment of ads.
It makes so much sense to be as familiar with the wind as you are with your coastline, your local watershed, your local politics…
The air is moving! Can you feel it?!
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Anny’s All in One
This multi-purpose implement is based on a french design, but Ann of Siri and Holmberg [ firstname.lastname@example.org ] designed it to improve it for use with a single draft animal or smaller team. One of the key features is for the tool work off-center of draft; meaning your animal can walk between the crop rows while the tool works in the crop row. This would be useful in hilling or harvesting potatoes or even setting up planting beds. (more…)
Local Roots Farm talks about their experience: