Hey there’s a great event coming up at MIT in early March. Its called Farmhack, and the purpose is to bring together New England small-scale farmers and MIT engineers to identify projects for collaboration. There seems to be a consensus that the equipment available is costly, or simply does not respond well to the needs, constraints, and conditions of America’s small acreage farmers. Some of the areas that have come up include seeding technologies, soil monitoring systems, lifestock monitoring systems, irrigation systems. And more! So, if you are a New England farmer or an MIT engineer interested in using small-scale farms as laboratories for innovation, join us! Here are the details.
Do you come away from visits to other farms inspired by a tool or system that you just saw? Have you invented things on your farm? Can you describe some challenges on your farm that a team of farmers and engineers might be able to address with a new tool?
Engineers and Designers -
Do you have technical skills that you want to apply to the real world in real time? Are you interested in a direct relationship with the solutions our society needs? Have you considered applying your skill-set to sustainable agriculture?
Let’s get together and see if there is overlap between our skills and the logistics+ mechanics of sustainable agriculture - and support New England’s small-scale farms as laboratories for innovation!
Get inspired about types of ideas on the FarmHack blog.
FarmHack@MIT will take place all day on
Saturday, March 5th
Microsoft NERD center
One Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142.
RSVP / INFO
If you’re coming to the event, click here to share your ideas for project pitches and see other people’s ideas.
Work sessions will take place from 9 – 5, for those who are ready to roll up their sleeves and collaborate. RSVP required. An open-to-the-public social event and presentation of the day’s results runs from 6pm – 9pm.
9:00am to 12:00pm Breakfast/Introductions: Stories, project pitches, team formation, solution development
1:00pm to 5:00pm Project Planning: Project development and representation
6:00pm to 9:00pm Mixer and Presentations (Open to the public)