Building and evaluating a pedal powered prone workstation and row crop cultivation tool

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2007: $3,974.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: Northeast
State: Vermont
Project Leader:

Annual Reports


  • Vegetables: carrots


  • Education and Training: demonstration
  • Energy: energy conservation/efficiency, energy use
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns
  • Pest Management: physical control, prevention
  • Production Systems: holistic management
  • Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    Farmers and farm workers face some of the highest risks of work-related musculoskeletal injury and disease in the nation, and are at an even greater risk of suffering from musculoskeletal health problems in the future. To address some of this risk, the project manager will engineer, build, test, and analyze a pedal-powered prone workstation that can be used during tasks such as hand weeding, transplanting, and light cultivation. Outreach will be through a web site, farm demonstrations, and presentations.

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