At the presumed end of Western civilization -again- its engineering, science, and math are still transforming essential business such as 'small farms.' Just recently we've noted how fragile the just-in-time economy is however by the empty grocery shelves. Local farms are of vital interest! One particular kind of small farm however are presumably less vulnerable to longer term mass threats such as weather by their location alone. I'm guessing this phenomena needs technical data. Obviously smaller farms in the mountains fit into spaces sheltered by location and this concept is interesting for certain scientists at least. But public officials also need to take note of this.
Besides micro climates, that can make small farms successful, there are wider so called Climate Refugia which can compensate for all sorts of natural changes, and allegedly no matter what form it comes in - aside from organized interest groups. A factor in this designation would be finding artifacts dating from the end of the Great Ice Age farther up in the surrounding peaks that would protect a Refugia. Now this theory is why I might ask about the local archeology though its total presence alone is not enough to make this a Refugia. Aside form satisfying federal law, its extent and sequence would be evidence which might support the idea behind Climate-Refugia along with all the natural surroundings. I would not be surprised our location would be marginal, but back in the wilderness could be some places that would rank higher. That's the so called 'null' anyway; the alternative clearly might be a disaster. Our former supply chain seems fragile in fact is almost a disaster in itself.
In spite of that, I think many people have survived in this area for many thousands of years and who have lived (miserably at best) through many climatic changes. For that reason perhaps this territory might need special consideration for study. So I have pounced on this idea - as a possible tool to preserve the valley's historic terrain and its agricultural benefit. In northern colorado for example, there are guided tours given by the university running up the back country into Pingree Park which are to show the geologic progression along the road. It's called scientific tourism and this might be called tourism for agricultural sciences. I would encourage this instead, if there must be development, to preempt being monopolized by stripped down real estate for example. North of here they are giving farm and winery tours as well as a way to diversify themselves.
The weather and wildlife are great fun to watch here. It is priceless. But both break things inside and out, and redundancy is necessary. Besides normal stormy winds the Jet Stream can dip down into our space sometimes, and in winter the temperature can go down to -45F for a few days. A range of technique is necessary for an unbroken climate record. After a disaster, the bits and pieces from redundant instruments can fill in the details. Some instruments then are manually recorded such is in open space or field which clearly requires a bit of old school labor and data entry.
I am an accidental farmer myself. But with that in mind, I recently 'scaled up' a small poultry operation to increase our base output, and according to the 'smart farm' challenge, added some new, but retrofitted set of cabinet sized incubators, hatcheries, and brooders from GQF Manufacturing Company Inc. That company began in Savannah in 1957 as the Georgia Quail Farm, and then in 1970 it became the GQF Manufacturing Company Inc.' GQF is a neighborhood favorite actually and are resold as used online.
In this case are additional environmental data logging sensors, from Kestrel Instruments, more for continuous data collection and management. Each GQF cabinet is now checked three ways, and beyond its OEM hardware capabilities, and which data can be automatically uploaded by either Bluetooth or SDR gadget and sent to dedicated servers nearby. Bluetooth radio or software defined radio, SDR, enables automated record keeping. These dedicated devices are the Kestrel D2 and D3 Drop Key, Kestrel 5500 Ag, the TES Solar, and a GMC-500 radiation detector.
A mobile kit includes a Kestrel 5200 Env, a D3 Drop Key, a UVA+B Sunfriend wristband detector, and a QRU-RD1212-BT Geiger counter strapped to my ankle. So now inside the cabinets is a non-OEM redundant system of wireless sensors besides what GQF provides. This would include a set of radio networked loggers, from Ambient Weather WS-3000-X5, and a redundant set of IncuTherm Plus precision thermometer-hygrometers for manual observation. This system will provide a number of baselines and counter checks across livestock and crops and includes preexisting, stand alone, commodity weather stations (a La Crosse and Accurite) for wind speed and direction.
This equipment and project is now for more than just raising healthy poultry. Potatoes and onions grow like crazy here but chickens have a special problem. Chickens raised at this altitude are more likely to produce eggs as well that will hatch at this altitude. It has to do with oxygen levels and the pores of their eggs. Eggs from Sea Level are almost impossible to hatch at this altitude. They get remarkably big up here and in fact insanely happy. The project now includes a varied set of mobile data logging devices allowing for some flexibility though most are set up in dedicated positions, have redundant measures for data security (against livestock or weather related mishaps), and which are spatially mapped across the property. These devices are connected by phone and managed by apps written by each manufacturer.
In fact the 'Quartarad' detector does send radiation data around the world and back home to Mother Russia! Anyone else who owns another Quartarad can find and read this particular device whenever it is connected properly. In recent times this catastrophic threat to humanity is more likely than in the past frankly and fallout is immediately tied with weather patterns. Because the site is 7200 feet above sea level solar radiation is another prime and unique factor for local vegetation and livestock.
As a former applied statistician am familiar with 'data cleaning,' its 'formatting,' and the necessity of testing 'prior assumptions' for a specified analysis, and so that primary concern underlies my data sets. This is just raw data from a varied set of environmental data loggers in dedicated positions which presumably can be transformed into a more useful data set for private analysis later by those in particular who study Refugia but for many other general interests. Data (even weather or climate records) are already monetized by big business itself.
The wider financial world can be accounted for in these calculations by using a professional combination of Franz semantic servers and LISP development packages; and closely associated development packages from TopQuadrant. This is what the world uses to mash up data for analysis and what would make my 'calculating' neighbors fit in or become slightly more competitive wherever they might sell to beyond the local economy. The server farmer has thirty two commodity class server units, a cluster based on Infiniband, that can slice and dice data like vegetables. IF there are resulting software applications it might later be installed on customized farm servers - with down home logging equipment and locally unique set of sensors. Because of the disruptions we've witnessed, transportation and rerouting logistical chains have to be part of calculations and schedules now more than ever.
I'd have to assume a Refugia will outlast whatever form the market might ever become and of course this opportunity is a bit more esoteric than the general 'bottom line.' This does not rely on being classified as Refugia, but that would certainly be 'value added' for a data base of this type. There are potential subsequent analytical 'spin-offs' possible having nothing to do with the theory. The theory might help preserve the territory, otherwise prove valuable for scientists, so it ought be investigated.
Have got other livestock besides, irrigated grass feed crops already, and have a short season 'zone 4' garden planned at least; all of which over time, decades even, are subjected to differing types of background radiation levels and extremes in weather. In any case, the extent and scope of possible measures from that set of meters described above are beyond what is necessary for most farms raising livestock and normal produce. Developing data bases from these measures might go beyond raising a little flock of optimally happy cluckers and cows.
Aside from daily assessment and guidance caring for livestock and produce, any resulting data bases recorded in the duration could be headed to a different 'market' altogether. This is clearly a long term data base project, which requires specialized knowledge, care, and feeding is possibly analogous to the scale and management of an exotic tree farm. Its potential usefulness can exceed the physical limits of the property and many times over the scale of any annual production. For me, this is called 'diversification' and it is minimally invasive barring the cost of electricity.
Now you know what "Server Farmer" is about.