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    Tools for Sustainable Farmers - MOSES Organic Conference 2013 Tools for Sustainable Farmers - MOSES Organic Conference 2013 Presentation Transcript

    • Farming for Fun & Profit Grant Schultz VersaLand.comTuesday, March 26, 13
    • Farming for Fun & Profit • Farming is a creative endeavor. Anything deemed ‘Work’ shall be eliminated. • Make Time for More: Eating, Athletics, Art, and Engineering • Hack: Equipment, Landscapes,Transport, MarketingTuesday, March 26, 13
    • What is Hacking? Using the least amount of force to achieve the greatest net benefit. Oftentimes the least expensive option Typically considered ‘unconventional’ by society as a whole.Tuesday, March 26, 13
    • What IS Farmhacking? Equipment Hacks Cutting Edge/Old School - Either Way It’s Not Mainstream Never Pay Retail Innovation - Building What Doesn’t Exist Production Hacks Higher Quality, Less Time - Leverage Appropriate & Accessible Technology Land Hacks Get Land - The Unconventional WayTuesday, March 26, 13
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    • Hacked Labor = Happy Labor 25lbs/hour $10/hr+ $$$$+???Tuesday, March 26, 13
    • Hacking PAYS! Hand Machine lbs to crack 2,000 2,000 lbs/hr 25 500 total hours 80 4 $/hour $15 $25 annual labor expense $1,200 $100 Annual labor savings 1100 Machine construction cost 3000 ROI 36.7% What if done in a co-op model?Tuesday, March 26, 13
    • Anatomy of a Farmhack Parts + Fabrication = AutomationTuesday, March 26, 13
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    • Electric Tractors • PRO • Quiet • Mechanically Reliable • Obnoxiously Versatile • CON • Size, AvailabilityTuesday, March 26, 13
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    • Focus on the Leverage Points • You’re a FARMER! • Fabricator • Mechanic • Programmer • Marketer • Manager • Accountant • ALL OF THOSE!Tuesday, March 26, 13
    • Hack or Hire? • Have the skills? Tools? • Want to learn the skill? • Have the time? • Make the time? • Hire the time? • Opportunity cost - dollars for hoursTuesday, March 26, 13
    • KNOWLEDGE HACKS Shipping/Trucking: Uship.com Equipment Sourcing: SearchTempest.com Plans/Hacks: FarmHack.net, Instructables.com Craigslist Prospecting: Post WANTED Ads!! Tough Equipment: GovLiquidation.com Farm Challenge? Google Translate, then YouTube!Tuesday, March 26, 13
    • BORROW, BUILD, AND BARTER...THEN BUY USHIP.COM, FARM HACK, FARM SHOW MAGAZINE, SEARCHTEMPEST.COMTuesday, March 26, 13
    • USE METRICS FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO! Straw Blower Jang Planter Manual Mechanized Manual Mechanized Man hours 300 50 Man hours 40 10 $/hr 15 25 $/hr 15 15 Annual 4500 1250 Annual 600 150 Savings/Year $3,250 Savings/Year $450 Cost New $7,500 Cost New $400 ROI 43.33% ROI 112.50%Tuesday, March 26, 13
    • Tractor Time What’s the Sweet Spot? • 60-80hp • Loader is a must-have • 1960-1975 - Diesel • Parts readily available • Phd not required to repair • Values fully depreciated (hold value over time, not overpaying) • $4,000-10,000 safe rangeTuesday, March 26, 13
    • Get The What? The Factory Service Manual • Shop/Service Manual - Much More than I&T or Owner’s Manual • $50-100 • Pays for itself in 15 minutes. • Build skills without the mistakes. “I&T Manual” FACTORY Shop is just a start Manual has • ‘Instant professional’ EVERYTHINGTuesday, March 26, 13
    • HOME COOP STORE PICKUP HARVEST TRAVEL THE AMERICAN SCHOOL BUS FARMING’S MOST VERSATILE TOOL HTTP://MIDWESTTRANSIT.COMTuesday, March 26, 13
    • Do-Anything Bus • Livestock Transport • Mobile Farmers Market • Weatherproof Mobile Shop • Melon/Pumpkin Harvest • Poultry Coop • Heavy Hauler http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JDuZyyjqjMITuesday, March 26, 13
    • Europe Builds BetterTuesday, March 26, 13
    • European Hand Tools - Design is in the Details Swiss, Austrian, German. Teutonic excellence. Glaser, Earth Tools Machinery Yeomans Keyline Plow - Australia Maschio-Gaspardo - Italy - Seeders and Power Harrow K-Line Irrigation - New Zealand - Clever KiwisTuesday, March 26, 13
    • FarmHack Minneapolis Saturday, March 23rd 2013 Urban Scale Farmhacks + More www.FarmHack.net/MinneapolisTuesday, March 26, 13
    • What Have You Hacked? Share with the World! www.FarmHack.netTuesday, March 26, 13
    • Stay in Touch! http://VersaLand.com Grant Schultz organicgrant@gmail.com 319-830-9700 http://twitter.com/GrantSchultzTuesday, March 26, 13