June 20th – 21st, 2012 at Echollective Farm & CSA in Iowa City + Mechanicsville, Iowa
Farm Hack:IOWA will focus on on-farm energy for small farms. Out-of-the box farm hacks. Electric tractors, farmer-built machinery, WVO/biodiesel, micro-wind, micro-hydro, and wood gas/producer gas fuels.
Francis Thicke of Radiance Dairy – on-farm solar and tracking usage
Grant Schultz of Schultz Heirloom Farm – Electric G tractor conversion
Steve Fugate of I-Renew – Ag biodiesel
You can discuss ideas for Farm Hack Iowa at the Farm Hack Iowa Forum.
MORE INFO/PRESS: Contact Kristen Loria at kal52(at)cornell.edu or 607-351-0554
//SCHEDULE// (SUBJECT TO TWEAKING!)
Day 1 – Wed June 20 IOWA CITY LOCATION - University of Iowa Memorial Union, Minnesota Room on the 3rd floor map
ECHOLLECTIVE FARM in Mechanicsville IA
1 pm: Arrival and Introductions
What are we here for? Who are we? What is the misson of Farm Hack and this event?
1:30-2:30 pm: Discussion of open source/reverse engineering for farm technology. How can engineer/designer to farmer partnerships make this happen? How do we do it?
2:45 -3:45: First session of Design Charrette: break down based on project ideas
CARAVAN TO ECHOLLECTIVE FARM & CSA in Mechanicsville
4:30 – 6 pm: Farm tour
presentation and demo/discussion of electric tractor, Grant Schultz
6-8: On-farm simple feast and informal discussion
8 pm: Social at Echollective Farm: bonfire, New Belgium brew, good times had by all.
After bonfire: Camping on farm, townies go home
Day 2 – Thurs June 21 IOWA CITY, University of Iowa Memorial Union, Minnesota Room on 3rd Floor map
8:30 am RECONVENE IN IOWA CITY + coffee and breakfast
9- 10: Francis Thicke, on-farm solar and tracking presentation and discussion
10-11: Steve Fugate, I-Renew on ag biodiesel
MOVE TO MILLER ROOM
11:15– 12:30: Working groups reconvene, design/plan/other output finalized
12:30-1: lunch @ University of Iowa Student Garden
1-2 pm: Working groups present, wrap up discussion, strategic planning MILLER ROOM , UI Memorial Union
2 pm: Fond farewells!