Refrigeration and CoolBot 101

Have you ever considered what a summertime trip to the supermarket would be like without refrigeration? You jump into your air conditioned car, a brief respite from the afternoon’s blistering temperatures. Your hair curls as soon as you step out into the parking lot (thanks humidity!), until you cross the threshold of the supermarket’s automatic sliding doors and — whoosh! …

CoolBot Helps Avoid Fallout With Nuclear Seed Potatoes

Q&A With Jenny Durrin & Matt Roth University of Idaho’s Nuclear Seed Potato Program “Would you like fries with that?” Yes, of course you would. And chances are that those fries came from the pre-nuclear seed potatoes grown in the University of Idaho’s greenhouses. We know what you’re thinking: WTF are nuclear seed potatoes? Were Christopher Walken and Sissy Spacek …

Joel Salatin on Innovation, Miniaturization, and the Business Reality of Farming

For anyone in the non-industrial farming arena, Joel Salatin is a household name. And it’s not just because his family’s Polyface Farms supplies meat so good that many of his customers claim it’s the best they’ve ever eaten. Nearly every farmer we’ve spoken with has named Salatin as one of their major inspirations for getting into farming, because of his …

How the CoolBot Helps Dole Keep Fruit Fresh in Honduras

If you enjoyed a fresh Dole pineapple or banana this year, it’s possible your tasty fruit spent some time in a CoolBot-driven walk-in cooler. Earlier this year, Dole Food Company — one of the top global suppliers of pineapples and bananas — started using the CoolBot for their operations in Honduras. Fun fact: Honduras exported $259.2 million worth of bananas …

How Greenshine Farms Went from Zero to Success in 6 Months

With not much money in the bank and a baby on the way, most people probably wouldn’t decide the timing was perfect to move to a new state and start a farm. But Rand and Alexandra Gifford aren’t most people. Earlier this year, they moved from a two-bedroom apartment in Chicago to a 10-acre property in Marshall, North Carolina, just …

10 Ways To Be More Efficient on Your Small Farm

As a small farmer, you know too well that there’s never enough time or money to do all of the things you need to do. So, you need solutions that help you do more with less. Here are 10 tools, systems, and processes to help you be more efficient on your farm. 1. Mechanize Your Planting Chances are you’ve seeded …