Create a farm category

Many of the instructables I submit are related to farming issues and solutions.  Usually I choose Outdoors or Gardening as the category to assign it to but I wish there was a farming category.  Farming is bigger than gardening and a faint subset of Outdoors.  Can we create a Farming category?

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Chinese Fur Farms

My Friend sent me this shocking video in an email, and made me join a petition to stop it. this is to discuss it, and if you want to stop it, please leave a comment. below is the video link http://www.peta.org/feat/ChineseFurFarms/index.asp WARNING. this is grosser and more wrong than anything you have ever seen. I strongly reccomend that you don't watch it, but just read. if you chose not to watch it, then the video shows chinese people grabbing pups, smashing them on the ground so they won't have the strength to run, then cutting the skin around their ankles, then peeling it off over the poor things head. the only thing is, the animal isn't even unconsious, and then they are chucked onto a rotting pile while they wait in excruciating pain to die. you can even see their hearts beating. if you want to stop this shXt, then please leave a comment saying so.

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Growing, Harvesting Grain

Http://www.rural-revolution.com/2012/08/harvesting-wheat.html  Slowly learnin this stuff. Havent really mastered the scythe. grow grains as ground cover/erosion control/xeriscape, but plan to harvest it  for chickeN feed. Any of yall have experience to share?

Topic by Toga_Dan 


Open Source Farm Robotics

Not sure where to post this, but it's something that will be of interest to others and use one often comes here for ideas and to get help for this guys project as it has massive potential as its Open Source Tech. http://go.farmbot.it if anyone has any ideas or wants to see about forking some stuff back and forth suspect that the Designer will be happy to chat. One was thinking that he hydroponic groups, lighting groups, ardeno enthusiasts, raspberry geeks, hardware hackers etc. However, its getting word out and getting the right people to hear about it... It has potential one feels to help change how we approach Open Source.

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Repair on a Russian Belarus farm tractor?

Sirs, In 1990 we purchased a new Belarus tractor, made in Russian.  It came equipped with a large front-end loader and really for the most part it has been an economical, dependable tractor.  It has one small flaw, it doesn't like to start in cold weather, hard to believe they use these tractors in Russia.  Anyway my husband solved that problem by installing both a block heater which heats the water & an oil pan heater which of course heats the oil.  Only thing necessary is to either keep it plugged in all the time or plan ahead and plug it in the night before.  Now for my question, the seals on the arms which raise & lower the loader bucket and the ones that tilt the loader bucket are leaking hydraulic fluid.  Can anyone help us in changing the seals.  We ordered and received the necessary parts, but would like help with specific, very detailed step by step instructions to perform the repair.  It is our understanding the repair can be difficult if one is not careful in removing the end caps that hold the hydraulic cylinders.  Also the cylinder caps are external ones & the diameter is 40 mm.  Any and all assistance will be GREATLY appreciated.  Thanks so much, Debra Kay

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Recycling chemical containers in Tanzania

We're situated in Tanzania on a cereals farm. Needless to say - plenty of empty plastic chemical containers, creating massive headaches when it comes to destroying it. Does anyone have some pointers as to how we can do re-cycling on the farm - keeping in mind we're about 800km (500miles) due west from Dar-es-Salaam. We'd like to make some 5-7 mm sheeting out of the stuff to be used on the farm - to replace stolen sheet-metal water gates used for regulating water flow into rice paddies. Any sparks out there to light our fire? Kind regards Hendrik Neethling Kapunga Rice Project Limited (KRPL) Tanzania Mail: hjn@krplbio.com Land: +255 752 44 5572 Cell: +255 768 299 813

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Please tell me if you can what these two tools are ?

The first is a harpoon looking instrument that has retracting prongs it is quite heavy and have been told that was used for stabbing hay bales but not sure , The second is a plier looking thing and not even sure what ????? They both were found on my past uncles farm where he lived for many decades and i now live and have been finding all kind of stuff that has been quite interesting Jerry I have been trying to upload a few pics but not working will continue to try 

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I want to automatically open and close a door using a Linear Actuator on a timer?

I want to hook up a 12 volt linear actuator to a door hooked to a 110 volt timer with a plug on the bottom so when the timer turns the power on the plug will energize and the LA will open the door, and when the next set of pins on the timer come around it powers the plug again sending power to the LA again to close it, i obviously have to power the LA with a 110 v AC to 12 v dc converter, and most of the Linear Actuators have internal limit switches, so how can i revers the LA? Or do i need an AC Linear Actuator? The timer simply powers the plug on the bottom of it when the tab comes around and the next tab will be set to turn it off, in other words open in the morning and close at night, im thinking i need some switch with relays? any help would be apreciated.

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A Visit to Simon Field's Farm

Last Thursday my friends Quinn and Xander invited me along on a visit to Simon Field, a chemist, inventor, and entrepreneur. He lives on a small farm in the mountains south of San Jose, with his wife, a couple of alpacas, some goats, and a great many chickens, parakeets, and other parrot-like birds. And a tree house with a rope bridge going out to it, where he occasionally hosts parties. And a solar cell array from which they get most or all of their electricity. And a huge redwood tree, which someone in the '60's rented out to live in! And a hillside spring which under the right circumstances can shoot a fountain 30 feet into the air. And an art studio, and many artworks of various sorts just set here and there for one to stumble across. And a lot of salamanders... Check the image notes for details. Inside, his house is filled with science toys, spilling out from his workshop.  I had to make a separate forum topic on those to treat them properly!

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Visit to an Ithaca Pig Farm

I'm visiting my friend Jofish in Ithaca, NY, where he's finishing up his PhD at Cornell.He's also eating some fantastic food from local farms, and took me out to see The Piggery. These cute, talkative little piglets grow up into some extremely large, happy pigs who clearly have a lovely time running about the farm. Some are kept for breeding stock, others slaughtered for use in some fabulous charcuterie.We had Piggery sausages and pate for dinner last night - they were excellent. I highly recommend getting to know your local farmers, and the animals they raise. Knowing where your food comes from is a great way to know the animals have been treated humanely and fed good things, while helping to keep local family farms in business and eating some really good food.

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Legitimate botnet (zombie) farming?

If this doesn't exist yet, I have no doubt whatsoever that it's not far away. Is there a company doing legitimate zombie farming? ie, a cloud of computers running a local server which process data from a centralised distributor? People do it illegally, selling processing power from trojan infected machines, but is anyone doing it as a legal business? Imagine you could download a small application which sits in memory and draws off a certain percentage of your CPUs runtime, depending on the machine's usage. This processing power would form part of a cloud sourced supercomputer, with runtime sold to whoever. And say you were paid maybe a couple of dollars per 24 hours of processing, depending on CPU speed. Leaving a couple computers on 24 7 would add up to a not inconsiderable sum per month. You could salvage some old machines and leave them going in the basement. I've worked at animation studios, as an example, and for sure they would be keen to, rather than intermittently hire a room full of fast machines as a render farm, outsource it to a cloud. SETI did it. Like I say, if this isn't already being done, it will be soon.

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Antibiotic resistance and factory farming

Want to know where the latest MRSA strains are coming from?Not the hospitals- it's factory farms. I know the basics of antibiotic use in factory farming, but seeing the statistics is still appalling. It makes me particularly happy to have scored 55lbs of venison from my uncle this weekend.The bit on testing reminds me of the bit about Mad Cow- US farmers who want to test 100% of their livestock aren't allowed to basically because 1) it would make the untested animals look bad, and 2) they might find something. One BSE-infected cow (or at least proof of such) could shut down US beef exports entirely. Anyway, back to MRSA:The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that at least 70 percent of the antibiotics used in America are fed to animals living on factory farms.Raising vast numbers of pigs or chickens or cattle in close and filthy confinement simply would not be possible without the routine feeding of antibiotics to keep the animals from dying of infectious diseases. That the antibiotics speed up the animals' growth also commends their use to industrial agriculture, but the crucial fact is that without these pharmaceuticals, meat production practiced on the scale and with the intensity we practice it could not be sustained for months, let alone decades.Public-health experts have been warning us for years that this situation is a public-health disaster waiting to happen. Sooner or later, the profligate use of these antibiotics -- in many cases the very same ones we depend on when we're sick -- would lead to the evolution of bacteria that could shake them off like a spring shower. It appears that "sooner or later" may be now. Recent studies in Europe and Canada found that confinement pig operations have become reservoirs of MRSA. A European study found that 60 percent of pig farms that routinely used antibiotics had MRSA-positive pigs (compared with 5 percent of farms that did not feed pigs antibiotics). This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study showing that a strain of "œMRSA from an animal reservoir has recently entered the human population and is now responsible for [more than] 20 percent of all MRSA in the Netherlands." Is this strictly a European problem? Evidently not. According to a study in Veterinary Microbiology, MRSA was found on 45 percent of the 20 pig farms sampled in Ontario, and in 20 percent of the pig farmers. (People can harbor the bacteria without being infected by it.) Thanks to Nafta, pigs move freely between Canada and the United States. So MRSA may be present on American pig farms; we just haven't looked yet.I love Michael Pollan's work. If you haven't read The Omnivore's Dilemma you should. Many of his books started as pieces for the NYTimes magazine: here's a list of books and articles, with links. He's much more of a storyteller than a straight-up reporter, and despite the often dire subject matter his stories are simply fun to read. He's also a journalism prof at UCBerkeley right around the corner from Instructables.

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How can i build a toy farm?

I want to build a toy farm for all my tractors and machinery. i want to make sheds farm houses fields and lanes. with trees and grass

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Would you like to win a farm? (UK contest, but non-Brits could give it a try)

Source of Story Are you sick of the rat race? Wish your life was more "Good Life" than "This Life"? Is a day on the allotment your idea of heaven? Think you can run your own business? (Photo: Dave Dunford) BBC is looking for ten couples to take part in a new series that will really put your aptitude for farming to the test. Over six weeks you'll learn how to run and manage your own farm, from animal husbandry and harvesting to coping with the unpredictable British weather. The series will culminate in the winning pair getting the opportunity to live and work on their own small farm. Whatever your background or relationship — friends, married, siblings — as long as you both share that yearning for a life on the farm we want to hear from you. To apply, please email your name to farm@splashmediatv.co.uk and an application form will be emailed to you. Successful candidates may spend up to six weeks away from home in summer 2010. Closing date for applications is 28th April 2010.

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I am looking for a Good new farming game

i am looking for a new good farming game, does anyone know any new games ????... i like farming games but i almost played them all ....

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Duck pond filtration system

I have duck pond (used livestock tank 12' diameter 3' deep. I need to construct a pond filter system.I have an extra 55gal barrel for this purpose.  also have a variety of water pumps (pool and sump) Any ideas/suggestions for a reasonably robust system for this?

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Harvest Grain- with a Hedgetrimmer?

Has anyone tried cutting tall grass with a hedgetrimmer? It does resemble a sickle bar mower, at least superficially. I've never quite gotten the hang of the scythe, and although the gas chainsaw does work, it's an awful lot o noise. This year, the slender wheatgrass, which is usually xeriscaping and erosion control will be harvested for chickens ! I'm thinkin of buying a Ryobi cordless trimmer. 

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would this be a good skateboard and area to skateboard?

Today i got into skateboarding agian. im wondering if this is a good skateboard and area to skateboard. my mom thinks she got it at walmart. this was about 2 or 3 years ago. the wheels seem heavy and don't keep spinning. the board seems ok. there is an area as you can see that has grip tap comeing off a bit.  the area. i have enough room to skateboard but i its not long enough for me to get good speed and keep going. once i get good speed i have to stop unless i want to go into the gravel which would hurt. if you can answer this that would be good. (sorry it's so long)

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World's Largest Solar Farm Opens

Over in Spain a new solar farm that takes up 247 acres has gone online. 'Tis huge!Here are the numbers: - 247 acres - 20 megawatts peak power capacity - 20,000 homes can be powered off of it - 120,000 solar panels are used - 300 days of sun a year in that area - $28 million generated each year - 42,000 tons of CO2 reduced each year link

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FREE DOWNLOAD 1915 ELECTRICITY FOR THE FARM

This is not a scan of the original book, but the original book converted to text with OCR, and strictly proof read with QC controls. Thus the charts, formulas can be copied and pasted into something else.  www.gutenberg.org/etext/27257   ELECTRICITY FOR THE FARM LIGHT, HEAT AND POWER BY INEXPENSIVE METHODS FROM THE WATER WHEEL OR FARM ENGINE BY FREDERICK IRVING ANDERSON AUTHOR OF "THE FARMER OF TO-MORROW," ETC., ETC. New York THE MACMILLAN COMPANY 1915   PREFACE This book is designed primarily to give the farmer a practical working knowledge of electricity for use a slight, heat, and power on the farm. The electric generator, the dynamo, is explained in detail; and there are chapters on electric transmission and house-wiring, by which the farm mechanic is enabled to install his own plant without the aid and expense of an expert.    With modern appliances, within the means of the average farmer, the generation of electricity, with its unique   conveniences,   becomes   automatic,   provided   some   dependable   source   of   power   is   to   be had—such as a water wheel, gasoline (or other form of internal combustion) engine, or the ordinary windmill. The water wheel is the ideal prime mover for the dynamo in isolated plants. Since water-power is running to waste on tens of   thousands of our   farms throughout   the country,   several chapters are devoted to this phase of the subject: these include descriptions and working diagrams of weirs and other simple devices for measuring the flow of streams; there are tables and formulas by which any one, with a knowledge of simple arithmetic, may determine the power to be had from falling water under given conditions; and in addition, there are diagrams showing in general the method of construction of dams, bulkheads,   races, flumes, etc.,   from materials usually to be found on a farm. The tiny unconsidered brook that waters the farm pasture frequently possesses power enough to supply the farmstead with clean,   cool,   safe   light   in place of   the dangerous,   inconvenient oil   lamp;   a   small   stream capable of developing from twenty-five to fifty horsepower will supply a farmer (at practically no expense beyond the original cost of installation) not only with light, but with power for even the heavier farm operations, as threshing; and in addition will do the washing, ironing, and cooking, and at the same time keep the house warm in the coldest weather. Less than one horsepower of energy will light the farmstead; less than five horsepower of energy will provide light and small power, and take the drudgery out of the kitchen.   For those not fortunate enough to possess water-power which can be developed, there are chapters on the use of the farm gasoline engine and windmill,   in connection with the modern storage battery, as sources of electric current.   www.gutenberg.org/etext/27257

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Farming - I need some help

NEW QUESTION: Should I grow food, or food and commodities (IE wheat, cotton, etc) Well, I grew vegetables last year, and the crop was a failure. Don't ask me why, since there were at least 20 things I did wrong, and on top of that, mother nature was pissed off at me. Well, I already have some ideas on how I'm going to make my farming more eco-friendly, but I'd like some more, some ideas I have are: No fertilizer (I grew organics last year too) collecting rainwater in buckets to use to water on drier days (I'm going to make a small shed which I can store the water for just such an occasion) Allowing bugs into my garden Also, I plan to compost all the plant waste (I also use my dog's "Waste" for fertilizer... weird, I know, but it works, and it means I don't have to use up plastic bags, or pick the stuff up. Plus, it's better in the ground being broken up than in the landfill taking up space) And some things I worry about are: Moving sand into the area. I hear that sand is better for beats and carrots, but I wonder if it would be a bad environmental change to move sand into the area. It's not a large area of land, but still. Please excuse me if I didn't make too much sense, I'm really confused right now... school is getting to me :(

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Goat Tower

Want to raise goats, but are short on real estate? That's ok, build a tower!David Johnson built his own tower out of 5,000 handmade bricks, each one a different size and shape! "The goats love it, and the people driving by can't believe it."There are currently only three goat towers in the world. We hope to see the fourth one posted here! (hint hint)VIA: boingboing

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How do you make a Computer Farm?

I have several old computers that I don't use anymore. Would it be possible to link them up so that I could use all of their resources at the same time?

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Add a new category?

Is it at all possible to get another new sub category added to the "Outside" Category? I would really like to get "Farming"  added as a sub category, possibly even a "Tractor" sub category as well. I have already posted a couple of tractor/farming instructables but would like to see a dedicated place for these instead of vehicles or gadgets. I will post some more help and how to with farming and tractors as time goes on.

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Am I able to refine a search using filters?

Hello,  I would like to find a way to focus my searching requests.  For example, I entered the term 'farm' in the let's make field.  My intention is to find instructables in relationship to real life farms.  What I end up hitting is mostly how to work farms in minecraft.  So I attempted to use the google like filter of "farm -minecraft" but that seems to focus on minecraft projects rather than skip them.  Does the search engine posses a way to help me get to the projects that I am most interested in reading about and not having to flip screen after screen of minecraft farms?Thanks.

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Another IKEA server rack!

I just saw this: an industrial-strength server rack built out of a Helmer filing cabinet. This guy was using it to create Linux server cluster for 3D rendering. Pretty awesome.(I made the super-cheap, half-height one out of Corras side tables.)

Topic by nagutron 


can anyone give me tips, suggestions or contacts for raising deer?

I am thinking about getting started in deer farming and am trying to do lots of research first

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Why is my published ible not published? Answered

I published an ible on farming maggots yesterday. It's not locatable by the search engines and it's not on the Green channel. Does anyone know why isn't it showing up or what the problem might be?

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what's the best way to keep hungry varmints away from my chickens?

We have a new flock of Buff-Orpingtons that we got as chicks last fall- they're roosting in the greenhouse and range in an enclosure during the day that is surrounded by an electric fence. I'm concerned that as the weather warms and the resident coyote, skunk, fox, coon and possum population gets active we are exposing the gals to a potential chicken holocaust. Will the electric fence be enough? I've come to respect the ingenuity and perseverance of varmints. Input please!

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Free: GIANT Maggots free to a good home

No Joke! Go to the link below and check it out. If you ever wanted to farm bait maggots, these squirmers are HUGE. So was their mother! https://www.instructables.com/id/Eco-friendly-Maggots-FREE-Natural-Food/

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Is there a formula for calculating the evaporation of water on dry land? Answered

     I have pigs and during the summer they get hot. I've tried misters and timer controlled sprinklers but neither suited my needs, the pigs either got ahold of the mister line and ripped it down or i just forgot to head out and turn it on and off, and the sprinkler on a timer was never right, on hot days it underwatered leaving the pen dry and dusty which is unpleasent for the pigs and on cold days it overwatered leaving the pen a muddy mess which was also unpleasant for the pigs (contrary to popular belief pigs actually don't like mud its just something cool for them to roll in and natural sunscreen. Pigs would much rather have clear water raining down on them). I decided I'm going to make a simple Arduino controlled pig sprinkler. I'm going to equip it with a temperature and humidity sensor and I want it to plug the data it gets into a formula which calculates how long it will take for the water to evaporate, it will then take that data and use it to calculate the time in between sprinkler runs. But the obvious dilemma here is I cant seem to find a formula which will work. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks a bunch.            Harry88

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Ant Work, spectacular toy based on NASA experiment

This Blog Rules featured an article and some fantastic photos of a toy based on a NASA experiment with ants. It's the coolest looking ant farm I've ever seen.  http://www.thisblogrules.com/2009/11/ant-works-spectacular-nasa-experiment.html#

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can anyone think of a way of making a automatic farm gate opener?

The gate must be practical for a working farm, the gate needs to be remote controlled but switched off at night this can be done  manual. a barrel would work but there are some electricity lines close to the gate. the gate needs to be wide enough for articulated lorries to maneuver.  

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Why cant this be used to do aquaculture? Answered

It is a 336-mile long system of aqueducts called the Central Arizona Project.   I don't see why its not used to do aquaculture of various sorts.  Farmed shrimp out here was great till the Asian imports got dirt cheap.  Now they have changed gears to grow algae for biofuels. Could that be done here?

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LED Power consumption ?

I'm building a solar powered lighting for a farm, what will be the power consumption for a 10 white led.

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Vaulted Dome Aquaponics Greenhouse Design

What do you think about this greenhouse design? It is for an aquaponics system. 192 sq ft so no permit is required in many areas. 9ft tall by 16ft wide, vaulted dome with center support for strong snow holding ability (snow should mostly slide off the vaulted dome anyway). Do you think people would want this in their yard if I offered to sell it to them?

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Can I feed my red worms soybeans? Answered

My mom likes to make soybean milk (I hate it too). When she makes it there's that leftover guck that's in the machine (the machine catches it with a strainer). I believe the guck is soybean skin, I am wondering if my red worms in my worm composter can eat them. Please respond ASAP!

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Backpack Welder

Check out this awesome backpack welder; I saw it in a Farm Show magazine.  It would be fun if someone made an Instructable of one of these.

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BELL RINGER

NEED YOUR HELP!! To all you out there...I have a FARM BELL..cast iron..I'd like to rig an electric motor with timer that would pull the rope and ring it every day at NOON. THANKS!!

Topic by mbernardoni 


i want support for my research?

I am a student doing my 10th standard in india  . i won various awards in my research in agriculture and  horticulture field. now i am doing research in terrace farming . this research is about low cost farming using 4rs .  and main aim of this research is  REDUCE :IT REDUCES LAND POLLUTION. REUSE: BIODEGRADABLE WASTES ARE REUSED BY COMPOST RECYCLE:RECYCLING THE PLASTIC BAGS REPAIR:REPAIRING THE SOIL FERTILITY WE IMPLEMENT A NEW METHOD IN THIS PROJECT THAT IS GROWING CROPS UPON THE HOUSE .i.e ON TERRACE. and it has various economical benifit.

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is ther any good apps that are free on itunes?

I have a bunch of games on tines that are good in itunes and i want more!!! 

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BELL RINGER

NEED YOU HELP!! To all you out there...I have a FARM BELL..cast iron..I'd like to rig an electric motor with timer that would pull the rope and ring it every day at NOON. THANKS!!

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Alpaca pack system designs?

I'm looking for a design (ie: instructions, ideas or patterns) on how to make my own Alpaca pack. The packs are too expensive to purchase from the local co-op or grange. I have priced them online as well and am completely shocked at the prices. If you have built this type of item for a llama, donkey or mule it is probably adaptable. We are looking to use our Alpacas around our farm to carry feed and tools as needed, and also to help carry firewood back to the house from the back country. Any ideas will be gratefully appreciated.

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Tripod greenhouse - cheap, easy, high volume

http://urbangreenhouse.blogspot.com/2011/06/stick-fork-in-it-its-done.html Currently in Paris to start an urban farming collective around this, details on that blog. Thoughts?

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How to drive 3 Phase AC motor using Arduino Uno?

I am having 3 phase AC motor in farm. I want to control it using GSM. Please tell me how to do that???

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