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An Inexpensive Tillage Tool

December 2019

After reading Edward H. Faulkner’s “Plowman’s Folly,” I was sold on disc plows rather than moldboard plows. Sixty years later, however, finding a disc plow that was not far away and not worn out was impossible, so I bought a rototiller. But my Farmall Cub disc hillers, used for ditching, terracing, cultivating and making narrow raised beds, gave me an idea. My make-anything neighbor, Bruce, had made a simple A-frame for the drawbar of my little John Deere, so I had him make some additions .

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Harness Compost to Heat Water

August 17, 2017

Dennis Carter and Anneli Carter-Sundqvist needed an ample supply of hot water for summer guests at their Deer Isle Hostel. Inspired by Paul Wheaton's video, "500 Showers Heated from One Small Compost Pile," Dennis built an 8-foot-wide by 5-foot-tall compost pile with 200 feet of half-inch diameter poly pipe coiled inside. The pile heated the water in the pipe, and the water was transported through a hose to an outdoor watering-can shower. Read the details in Carter's article, "Compost-Heated Outdoor Shower," in the summer issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

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Aspirator Seed Cleaner

June 8, 2017

Daniel MacPhee, MOFGA's educational programs director (and owner, with Corinne Wesh, of MOFGA-certified organic Blackbird Rise in Palermo), built this aspirator seed cleaner based on Real Seeds open source plans. Here's what he says about it: It "is one of the more efficient and versatile processing tools at our disposal for dry seeds.

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