FarmHack Coming to New Hampshire!

Calling all farmers, engineers, designers, architects and other allies — FarmHack is coming to New Hampshire and wants to invite you to come brainstorm and build together! Sponsored by the National Young Farmer’s Coalition, a farmer-led partnership between young farmers and innovative beginning farmer service providers, FarmHack seeks to retool farms for a sustainable future.

FarmHack New Hampshire 2011 will converge here on the Seacoast at Tuckaway Farm in Lee on Saturday, November 19th and Sunday, November 20th, with a focus on harvesting, handling,  processing, and adding value to farm products. The first day will concentrate on deconstructing older technologies to get at the heart of engineering ag tools, followed by a session working in teams to develop new project and tool ideas, with the goal of getting some working prototypes on farms for next season:

We would like to invite you to participate in FarmHack New Hampshire 2011

FarmHack offers farmers new opportunities to work together on tools and innovations that will make our farms more sustainable and efficient. We also seek to collaborate with engineers, designers, architects and other non-farmer allies who want to help strengthen sustainable agriculture.

ABOUT THE EVENT
At FarmHack New Hampshire we will focus our efforts on post harvest processing technology. These are technologies that take raw products from the field and turn them into value added products ready to be direct marketed from the farm. We will be looking at farm scale hammer mills, roller mills, grist mills, de-hullers, seed cleaners, oil seed presses, roasters, ovens, biodiesel processing, garlic choppers, potato cleaners as well as talking about grain and bean storage, dairy vending machines, flash pasteurizers, blanchers and freezers and other ideas that bubble up through our process.

In addition to discussing, examining and reverse-engineering existing tools, we will engage in a Design Charrette to begin the process of brainstorming, designing and prototyping new tools for our farms.  This event will be equally about developing the open source, peer to peer idea sharing process as about the technological outcome.

SCHEDULE
The event will take place on on Saturday, November 19th (afternoon) and Sunday, November 20th (morning and afternoon). You are welcome to come to one or both days.

Saturday afternoon at Tuckaway Farm:
• 2-4pm Open tour of on-farm processing technology at Tuckaway Farm in Lee NH
• 4-5 pm Begin discussion of opensource documentation and reverse engineering of farm technology– this will use an on-site example of a working farm scale oat dehuller
• 5 – 7pm Break for evening meal
• 7pm Later brainstorming bonfire at Tucakway Farm

Sunday at Lee Grange Hall (tentative location):
• 9-10am Coffee and idea exchange
• 10-noon Design Charrette working groups on post harvest processing
Lunch break  Lunches available to purchase
• 1-2pm Presentations of work groups
• 2-4pm Open space, strategic planning

COST
The event is free, but space is limited, so you need to RSVP.  You should be be willing to bring your farming and/or design + engineering skills to actively participate in brainstorming and prototyping new ideas during the Design Charrette.

To RSVP and for more information: www.youngfarmers.org

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