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  • Small (farming) is beautiful.

    I believe that small (read micro-farming, urban farming) farming is the way of the future. Small farms already provide the bulk of the world's food and, as the destructive impacts of industrial farming really start to bite, that trend will continue.

    Small farmers everywhere are innovating to allow them to leverage their efforts. This thread showcases and discusses small farm machines.


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  • #2
    Here's a great example of small machines for small farmers..and waste transformation farming. A top-loading updraft gasifier fuelled by something like rice hulls is used to heat a coffee bean roaster. These machines were designed by Dr Paul Olivier...as part of his work to empower impoverished coffee farmers.
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    • #3
      Ever since the farm tractor was developed, it seems that the push has been on to make them bigger...and bigger.

      An Ohio manufacturer is breaking with that unfortunate tradition by designing a tractor for the future.

      Take a look at Tilmor...small tractors and implements.
      "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

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      https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

      www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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      • #4
        Small-scale mechanisation is about leveraging the efforts (and results) of a single farmer.

        Rail farming is not my personal cup of tea but if I was into bio-intensive gardening that would probably change.

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        https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

        https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

        www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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        • #5
          BTW...rail farming has been adapted from the materials handling process use in large controlled environment cropping greenhouses. It's another great example of how innovators miniaturise systems to allow them to do more with less.
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          https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

          https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

          https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

          www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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          • #6
            Small-scale, post-harvest processing of coconuts happens in a tiny footprint and can be undertaken in a shopfront in between serving customers.

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            The coconut flesh is cut from the shell using a motorised burr. The process is quick and clean.

            The milk is pressed from the flesh (which is then dessicated). The list of saleable products includes coconut water, milk and dessicated coconut. Depending on the market, the shell and the coir may also be saleable.

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            https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

            https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

            www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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            • #7
              This micro-greens harvester could make the harvesting of produce viable where it otherwise may not be.
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              https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

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