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Farm Hack – Inexpensive, Innovative Tools By and For Farmers

Here are some examples of tools you'll find at the Farm Hack Site.  Click and visit!
Here are some examples of tools you’ll find at the Farm Hack Site. Click and visit!


Doing something in a very clever, non-obvious, admirable fashion.

Farm Hack

An open source community for resilient agriculture that is helping folks create equipment solutions in a very clever, non-obvious, admirable fashion.

In 2011 a group of farmers got together with some engineers from Massachussetts Institute for Technology for the first ever “Farm Hack” convention.  They shared and brainstormed blueprints and designs for farm tools and equipment that were inexpensive to build and repair, often using leftover parts or older equipment to make do.  Since then, the Farm Hack community has held over 10 events and has gone online to expand the number of people they reach and the ideas that are shared.  Their three minute video describes the history of Farm Hack and how you can add your own “hacks” to the mix of ideas you’ll find there.

Here’s the link if you’re using a tablet.

If you sort the tools by fencing and livestock management you’ll find a hack for being able to turn your electric fence off and on by text message.  There’s also a picture of a solar powered chicken tractor mover, no documentation available yet for how to build your own, but if you’re tired of dragging your chicken housing yourself, this could provide some inspiration.  You might also find that you have some good hacks of your own to contribute.

Check it out. Have some fun and maybe save some money too.

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Kathy Voth
Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.

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