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Wild Chick Farm
Wild Chick Farm. In the fall of 2005 Sarah Brunner and Shail Pec-Crouse, started a commercial pastured chicken operation in Arcata, California. The first four months see update of business were spent learning from other successful models, experimenting with different equipment, suffering through trials and tribulations, getting our hands bloody and planning improvements to our system. Throughout it all we have been guided by our core values of humane husbandry and sustainability.

We began with a very small flock of 175 birds and decided to try two different models of raising them on pasture to see which model worked the best for our situation. We compared the two models by looking at efficiency, loss to predators, land impact cost, fossil fuel use and mobility which strongly effects efficiency, land impact and fossil fuel use. After working with both models for a couple of months we came to the conclusion that the Chicken Tractor (CT) model is most appropriate for raising meat chickens and the Hoop House (HH) model is more appropriate for raising laying hens. The CT is better for meat production because it is more cost effective and mobile and there is less predation. The CT is also important for pasturing laying hens for their first few months since there are less predator risks. The Hoop House is better for egg production because it accommodates nest boxes and roosts.

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Solar Charged Lawnmower

Converting a very used gas power lawnmower into a solar charged, low emission, almost silent, lawn cutting machine.

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I love to see projects that make the world a better place manifest. The way a project manifests from inception, brainstorming, researching, creating, testing, iterating, promoting, etc. always fill me with wonder and excitement. There is no one way that it unfolds, but my favorite ways to be part of are those that are collaborative.

Man working in a rice field.
Food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals. The substance is ingested by an organism and assimilated by the organism's cells in an effort to produce energy, maintain life, and/or stimulate growth. Historically, people secured food through two methods: hunting and gathering, and agriculture.

Agriculture is the cultivation of animals, plants, fungi and other life forms for food, fiber, and other products used to sustain life. Agriculture was the key implement in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that nurtured the development of civilization. In the developed world, industrial agriculture based on large-scale monoculture has become the dominant system of modern farming, although there is growing support for sustainable agriculture (e.g. permaculture or organic agriculture).

Sustainable agriculture is the practice of farming using principles of ecology, the study of relationships between organisms and their environment. It has been defined as "an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will last over the long term: satisfy human food and fiber needs; make the most efficient use of non-renewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls; sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.”

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ENGR 215 Introduction to Design projects – Spring 2009: WaterPod: The Spring 2009 semester of ENGR215 Introduction to Design worked with the WaterPod to research, design, and build systems that foster the artists living sustainably onboard a barge in the waterways of New York City.

Spring 2009 ENGR 215 Intro to Design Projects - WaterPod
Bicycle Energy Generator
An alternative way to convert kinetic energy to AC power by means of a bicycle energy generator  
Soil-less Growing System
A system that would grow food for the occupants of the barge without the presence of soil  
Filter Commander 9000
A water filtration system to make drinkable water from rainwater catchment  
Tour de Volts
A bicycle as a power source to provide a bit of extra energy to the WaterPod  
WaterPod Hang Thyme
A hydroponic green wall that is used to grow herbs in minimal amounts of space  
FBD Rainwater Purification
Exists to provide clean drinking water for the WaterPod Project  
Coopatron 5000
A chicken coop designed to supplement the dietary needs of the inhabitants of the WaterPod  
Rocket Stove
To provide a reliable and sustainable means of cooking by minimizing fuel use and optimizing efficiency  
Pico in a Bucket
To harness the kinetic energy of the falling water from the overflow of the WaterPod's water tower  
WindPod Turbine
A vertical access wind turbine that uses the power of the wind coming from any direction to create energy  
Composting Toilet
Duchamp de Loo, is a composting toilet system that can be used and can educate people about environmental ways to get rid of human waste  
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