Equipment & Tools
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Tractor-Drawn Sprayer This tractor-drawn sprayer vastly reduces the time required to spray vegetables compared to a backpack sprayer.
Solar Panel Volume Savings with H&H
Thinking about installing solar panels on your farm? This brochure from H&H gives cost estimates and explains how their volume savings program for farmers works. Farmers that participate get a discount and a donation is also made to FairShare.
FarmHack is a resource for farmers who embrace the long-standing farm traditions of tinkering, inventing, fabricating, tweaking, and fixing things that they broke. Open to farmers of all ages, it has special relevance for young and beginning farmers, who may want to learn from their peers’ and their elders’ successes, mistakes and new ideas. Currently FarmHack is set up as a blog for farm inventions – submit yours to farmhack [at] youngfarmers[dot]org.
Electric G Conversion
From Ron Khosla, inventor of the Coolbot, complete parts lists and instructions for converting a G to run on batteries alone – no gasoline needed.
Building a Low Cost Packshed & Cooler This document outlines the design and construction of a low-cost packshed and cooler for diversified vegetable growers, based on a series of workshops hosted by The CSA Coalition and The Gene Farley Center for Peace, Justice, and Sustainability in May 2011.
Cooler Design Considerations From the inventor of the Coolbot, this is a brief, but extremely helpful design guide for building your own walk-in cooler. It discusses insulation types, sheathing, flooring, siting, and more, all with the CSA vegetable grower in mind.
USDA Portacooler An older design for a portable cooler, but extremely useful and even easier nowadays with a Coolbot and rigid foam insulation instead of manually rewiring an A/C and using less-effective polyurethane.
FairShare farmers write fact sheets for other farmers about a variety of topics, including lots of information on equipment and tools! The PDFs of the fact sheets are available on the FairShare website here.