Report back from FarmHack@MIT
We had a great time at MIT, where we brought farmers, engineers and other thinkers together to invent things together. Here’s a play-by-play live blog of the day; here’s the video of the presentations of the day’s inventions.
After pitches of about 15 ideas, we self-organized into groups to work toward prototyping six projects:
- an electric assist, super garden cart, multi-functional for tasks ranging from lie-down weeding to compost hauling and dumping;
- the Trike-tor, a three-wheeled bike-based tractor;
- a new model of sustainable cranberry production, featuring sustainable water management;
- the next generation of cheap, farm built, modular tine cultivators;
- food safety infrastructure, both software (record keeping) and hardware (wash tubs, sanitation sensors, water coolers), for small-scale farmers; and
- a self-flushing, self-closing irrigation valve for the ends of sprinkler irrigation lines.
We’ll be working on getting posts up with more details about each project, and helping to facilitate taking these projects forward. Want to host a similar FarmHack event in your neck of the woods? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org, we want to do this all over the country. Thanks to everyone who made the MIT event a success!