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Farm Hack at MOSES Organic Conference 2016

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Grant Schultz Farm Hack presentation at MOSES Organic Conference, February 2016, La Crosse, Wisconsin

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Farm Hack at MOSES Organic Conference 2016

  1. 1. Farm Hacking Grant Schultz www.VersaLand.com organicgrant@gmail.com
  2. 2. #Moses2016 with @VersaLand #farmhack #versaland
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. Equipment Hacks Cutting Edge/Old School - Either Way It’s Not Mainstream Never Pay Retail Innovation - Building What Doesn’t Exist Production Hacks Systems - Leverage Appropriate & Accessible Technology Data Hacks Get Land - The Unconventional Way Distribution - Pricing - Wholesaling What IS Farmhacking?
  5. 5. farmhack.org
  6. 6. Lots of Inspiration
  7. 7. Farming for Fun, Health, and 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, Marketing
  8. 8. EFFECTIVE EFFICIENT FUN
  9. 9. Ineffective, Inefficient FUN
  10. 10. Effective, efficient, not fun
  11. 11. EFFECTIVE, EFFICIENT, FUN
  12. 12. Jiffy Hitch
  13. 13. $289 $750
  14. 14. Jiffy Hitch: Ridiculously Expensive?
  15. 15. Jiffy Hitch Cost Analysis Standard Quick Hitch imp change per week 5 5 time (minutes) 15 2 total hours 1.25 0.17 $/hour $25 $25 weekly labor expense $31 $4 Total Annual Hours 65 8.6 Total Annual Cost $1,625 $215 Annual labor savings $1,410.00 Hitch System Price $2,100.00 ROI - GREAT! 67.1% What if you sell the extra tractors?
  16. 16. FarmHack.org Saves The Day
  17. 17. Build Your Own convert whole farm for $400
  18. 18. Step-By-Step Instructions
  19. 19. Build Your Own $15-150
  20. 20. $15-75/ea
  21. 21. Bolt or Pin On and Off Use On ALL TRACTORS
  22. 22. $15-75/ea
  23. 23. Farm Hack Hitch Cost Analysis Standard Quick Hitch imp change per week 5 5 time (minutes) 15 2 total hours 1.25 0.17 $/hour $25 $25 weekly labor expense $31 $4 Total Annual Hours 65 8.6 Total Annual Cost $1,625 $215 Annual labor savings $1,410.00 Fabbed Hitch $400.00 ROI - SUPER GREAT! 352.5% You keep another $1,000/year AND you can sell the extra tractors?
  24. 24. All Done. adds 1.5 weeks to your year
  25. 25. Jiffy Hitch Cost Analysis Standard Quick Hitch imp change per week 5 5 time (minutes) 15 2 total hours 1.25 0.17 $/hour $25 $25 weekly labor expense $31 $4 Total Annual Hours 65 8.6 Total Annual Cost $1,625 $215 Annual labor savings $1,410.00 Hitch System Price $2,100.00 ROI - GREAT! 67.1% What if you sell the extra tractors?
  26. 26. Farm Hack Hitch Cost Analysis Standard Quick Hitch imp change per week 5 5 time (minutes) 15 2 total hours 1.25 0.17 $/hour $25 $25 weekly labor expense $31 $4 Total Annual Hours 65 8.6 Total Annual Cost $1,625 $215 Annual labor savings $1,410.00 Fabbed Hitch $400.00 ROI - SUPER GREAT! 352.5% You keep another $1,000/year AND you can sell the extra tractors?
  27. 27. Get Plans RIGHT NOW: versaland.com/farmhack
  28. 28. Get Plans RIGHT NOW: versaland.com/farmhack
  29. 29. Hacking Urban Ag • Hoorays • Distance-to-Market • Technology Access • Utility/Infrastructure Access • Urban Lot Database • Media • Challenges • Scale • Security • Housing • Equipment accessibility
  30. 30. DIY Greenhouse Monitors
  31. 31. Receive Text Alerts
  32. 32. Anatomy of a Farmhack Code Data Accessibility+ =
  33. 33. data crunching Beacon/County Assessor Website Absentee Landlords WHOIS Lookup (meeting strangers on the internet)
  34. 34. THE AMERICAN SCHOOL BUS FARMING’S MOST VERSATILE TOOL HTTP://MIDWESTTRANSIT.COM HOME STORECOOP HARVESTPICKUP TRAVEL
  35. 35. • Livestock Transport • Mobile Farmers Market • Weatherproof Mobile Shop • Melon/Pumpkin Harvest • Poultry Coop • Heavy Hauler Do-Anything Bus http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JDuZyyjqjMI
  36. 36. Hacked Labor = Happy Labor 25lbs/hour $10/hr+ $$$$+???
  37. 37. 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?
  38. 38. Anatomy of a Farmhack Parts Fabrication Automation+ =
  39. 39. Straw Blower Manual Mechanized Man hours 300 50 $/hr 15 25 Annual 4500 1250 Savings/Year $3,250 Cost New $7,500 ROI 43.33% Jang Planter Manual Mechanized Man hours 40 10 $/hr 15 15 Annual 600 150 Savings/Year $450 Cost New $400 ROI 112.50% USE METRICS FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO!
  40. 40. Farm Hack: Midwest @ Versaland Iowa City, IA Sunday, July 17th 2016 Farm Hack Tools Show & Shine versaland.com/farmhack
  41. 41. Farm Hack: Midwest at Versaland Iowa City, IA Sunday, July 17th 2016 Farm Hack Tools Show & Shine versaland.com/farmhack
  42. 42. Grow Agroecologically Farmscale Permaculture Course 5 Days - Sept 28 - October 4th, 2016 www.Versaland.com
  43. 43. NewFarmSupply.com 100 Chestnut Trees for $297
  44. 44. NewFarmSupply.com Facebook: facebook.com/Versaland Twitter: @VersaLand Instagram: grantschultz Web: versaland.com Email: organicgrant@gmail.com #maxpermo VersaLand.com

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