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personal scale power
Analyze This: Design Contest Seeks Your Cheap, Open Source Spectrometers
By Nathan Hurst, 03.07.13
Spectral analysis might not really be your thing, but nonprofit science network Public Lab thinks it should be. Formed to provide a community for citizen scientists who want to monitor the health and quality of their surroundings, Public Lab launched today a crowdfunded challenge to create methods and equipment for an inexpensive, open source spectrometer.
“The reason that we started doing this … was in regard to pollution” says Jeff Warren, research director and co-founder of Public Lab. “The challenge is really to inspire people to look at that problem — that really big, pressing issue — that there are these contaminants in our immediate surroundings.” Continue Reading →
By Danielle Davis / February 5, 2013
Employing web-based social networking technology to simulate old school neighbor-to-neighbor information share, Farm Hack is a farmer-driven, collaborative project that develops, builds, documents and shares tools for resilient, small-scale agriculture. The secret behind it all is its use of an open source web platform that allows users to edit all the pages on the site – it’s basically a wiki site for farm technology and innovation – resulting in a user-driven community that self-evolves according to the needs of its members.
“It’s not a new thing for farmers to repair their own equipment, adapt their equipment or design new tools – this is something that’s been happening for centuries on small family farms – but the idea of Farm Hack is to use new forms of communication technology and organization to accelerate that process,” explained Kristen Loria, Farm Hack Coordinator. The general aim is to help make small farms more viable, successful and numerous, an evolution which Farm Hack believes will bring us towards a more sustainable, resilient and healthy system of agriculture and food.
Farm Hack accomplishes this in a number of different ways. Born in 2011 from the efforts of several Greenhorns and National Young Farmer’s Coalition members as a simple farm tech blog, the online community now provides templates for users to post documentation of tools they’ve designed or unrealized ideas they have.
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Rj’s been on a bug fixing sprint, and added some tutorial videos.. just in time !
we’re diggin the story about farmhack AND civil eats’ swanky new website!
check ‘em both out here: http://civileats.com/2012/03/20/farmhack-diy-farmer-collaboration/
Missed out on the Farm Hack fun?
Now you can catch up with audio podcasts!
Wow, how new media of us. Podcasts from Farm Hack NYC HERE
by Cathy Stanton.
Where slow food meets slow knowledge
I shed 40 pounds this week, and it feels great.
The weight was in the files and materials from the Ethnographic Landscape Study that I’ve been working on for the last three years for Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. The project is now officially finished, and the final report is printed and also posted as a PDF on the park’s website. And so I was able to move the files out of my office and take them to the park for eventual accessioning in their library collection.
This past weekend, Farm Hackers gathered at beautiful Ecovillage in Ithaca, New York for the biggest (and possibly baddest) Farm Hack yet.
Saturday featured live demos of various farm innovations operated, and in some cases developed by, local farmers, including a custom-built electric tractor, Japanese paper pot transplanter, and Cool Bot cooling system. The Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming’s brand new Incubator Farm served as a perfect demo space.
The first of Sunday’s workshops focused on grain and bean production and processing, hosted by Cayuga Pure Organics. Anne Riordan, farm and milling operations manager at CPO, gave a tour of the production and processing equipment that allows CPO to grow a variety of heirloom grain and beans, and clean and sort them on site. Robert Perry of NOFA-NY also gave a demonstration of his mobile grain processing unit. Continue Reading →
thank you to cathy stanton