Type of Thesis
Dale Miller, Department of Environmental Studies
Alicia Gibb, ATLAS Institute
Jill Harrison, Department of Sociology
This thesis investigates the potential for alternative technology development for the purposes of improving sustainable agriculture. By synthesizing ideological frameworks from Agroecology, Appropriate Technology and Open Source Hardware, a set of benchmarks are defined in order to gauge the sustainability of existing agricultural technology, as well as guide the development of new farm technology. Using these benchmarks, a number of practical farm technology projects envisioned by the author are discussed, with an emphasis on the design and construction of two specific projects, an egg incubator and an electric fence charger, both built with salvaged materials and open-source documentation. While the cost of each project was far less expensive than its commercial equivalent, time spent and labor costs are examined and discussed in light of other future open-source farm projects.
Rankin, Daniel, "Opening Agriculture: Alternative Technological Strategies for Sustainable Farming" (2015). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 803.