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Portable Solar Water Pump for Watering Livestock


This video comes to us from the Full Belly Project and shows a mobile solar pump system to take advantage of small streams and other water sources to provide watering for livestock in small pastures.  It includes a solar panel on what looks like a 2-wheeled cart, some piping and a pump. A team of designers, including Duncan Edwards and Jock Brandis, Full Belly’s Director of Research and Development, created this set up to help farmers who have off-farm jobs and need reliable, cost-effective solutions so that they can continue farming.

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The Full Belly Project is a North Carolina non-profit group dedicated to bringing efficiency to small farms around the world. You can learn more about this solar water pumping solution by contacting Jock Brandis or Amanda Coulter at (910)452-0975, or by email at info@thefullybellyproject.org.

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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.