Gardeners and farmers can save their backs and plant seeds without stooping over when they use this handmade seed planter. Thai rice farmers
had a hand in the design, but it could be used with other seeds.
The seeder is built from low-cost materials - mostly PVC pipe and bamboo. And, if you have them, you can use power tools to make it, but hand tools, including a machete, will work fine, too.
A team from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is developing the seeder with rice farmers in Bo Klua, a community in rural Thailand. They've partnered with a local Thai organization called the Sustainable Development Research Foundation and produced a construction guide in English and Thai.
Both versions are available for free download.English manual
Alex Moseson, a sustainable development engineer and an assistant teaching professor at Drexel who heads the project, has asked Instructables and E4C users
for ideas and tips on how to improve it. He would also like to see people modify the design to suit their own farming and gardening needs.
As such, Moseson gave the seeder a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial license.
For more on the seeder and the project in Bo Klua, please see the Drexel team's site