elliot-seeder
with Robert Eales & Dr Soumitri Varadarajan:

Small-acre farmers need tools!  Work in collaboration with the industry partner, an industrial designer and farmer to design tools for this emerging market that can offer great opportunities for designers. (Website coming)

This studio is about,

  • working with a client group  that is under-served by designers
  • exploring the huge opportunities available to designers in the field of small-acre farming
  • using creativity, ingenuity and innovation to develop new human-scale farming tools where there are currently none

We are looking for students who are interested in,

  • stepping outside of their comfort zone and work with a group that needs serious design input
  • getting their hands dirty, getting hands on, using their hands skills to create models and prototypes
  • creating tool designs that reduce drudgery, increase productivity and improve efficiency for farmers working in small-acre farming
  • visiting farms to find out what farmers do and how food is grown

This quote gives a good indication of where this field is currently at.

“Cars, houses, meal sizes: for the past few decades, all have been getting larger. The same goes for farming equipment. In this era of “bigger is better,” it’s not easy to find farming tools suitable for small-scale operations. In fact, it’s almost impossible.”  Barry Griffin, design engineer, Slow Tools Project.

What kind of projects and products can be used as a guide?

Four-Row Pinpoint Seeder
http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-7873-four-row-pinpoint-seeder.aspx
elliot-seeder Glaser Wheel Hoe
http://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-5490-glaser-wheel-hoe.aspx
glaser-wheel-hoe
Farmhack.net tools open-source tools for farmers
http://farmhack.net/tools/
chicken-tractor-webculticycle-web-main-studio-image Brill RazorCut Cylinder Mower
http://www.brill.de/produkte_en.html
brill cylinder mower
Milkwood Farm Slow Tools for Humanity http://www.milkwood.net/2014/12/15/drill-powered-microfarming-slow-tools-humanity/ drill-cultivator-web Milking machine
This design was created by 2nd year students from RMIT. The original design was modified and improved as part of a studio working with inventors from India
milker-with-paths-cropped
Five Islands Orchard, Pedal Powered Cider in Cascadia
https://fiveislandsorchard.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/pedal-powered-cider-in-cascadia/
human-p-cider Fiskars QuikDrill™ M
http://au.fiskars.com/Gardening-Yard-Care/Products/Soil-Beds/Garden-Drills/134720-Fiskars-QuikDrill-M
134720-Fiskars-QuikDrill-M
Sheep shearing back aid
http://adlib.everysite.co.uk/adlib/defra/content.aspx?id=000HK277ZX.0FT1Y61HP6G7IB9
sheep shearing back aid Bicycle Harvester
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-13/strawberry-harvest-pushbike-music-modifications/5654942
fruit-picking-bike

 

This project is engaged with www.rebuildit.com.au

Rebuild it was founded in 2007. We principally work in the Australian construction and manufacturing industries and focus on productivity and sustainability.