Weed Master Video Update!

We are wrapping up the final reports for our NE SARE-funded project that supported our on-farm trials of the Weed Master.  In addition to inspiring this blog, we used this project as a test case for using video to capture the on-farm trials and experiences of participating growers and our research group.  Tavi Merrill, who recently graduated from the University of Maine Sustainable Agriculture undergraduate program, has done a fine job of directing and editing these videos.

We are continuing our field research on hand tools and scale-appropriate weeding tools for the small farm.  Ben Costanzi is a new M.S. student who will focus on this topic for his thesis work.

You can view the most recent videos below, or go to our YouTube Channel:

http://www.youtube.com/user/zeroseedrain

 

Prologue to the Weed Master Project

 

Weed Master Field Trial:  Fisher Farm

 

Weed Master Field Trial:  Fail Better Farm


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A Look Back at Hand Weeding Tools

In preparation for some fall meetings I spent some time recently looking for other examples of hand weeding tools and, thanks to the scanning efforts of Google, happened upon some fantastic advertisements from the 1919 issues of The Garden Magazine. It would seem that we could have initiated the Weed Master Project nearly a century ago!

From:  The Garden Magazine, 1919

From: The Garden Magazine, 1919

"On-farm evaluation of innovative cultivation tools"  The Garden Magzine, 1919

"On-farm evaluation of innovative cultivation tools" The Garden Magzine, 1919

I have started a collection of images of these tools for a future article, so if you have any good examples please send them our way.

"Eliminating the backbreaking drudgery of weeding."  from The Garden Magazine, 1919

"Eliminating the backbreaking drudgery of weeding." from The Garden Magazine, 1919