Reader Ethan clued us into a great post and video on pedal-powered farm machinery. The follow text and video were posted on boingboing.net:
Maya Pedal is a Guatemalan NGO that works with international volunteers and local experts to remanufacture old bicycles to serve as "people-powered farm machines." The dozens of "Bicimaquina" designs include bike-powered washing machines, blenders, grain mills, water irrigation devices and animal-feed mills.
I have a dream of having my own pedal-powered clothes washing machine someday. Unfortunately at this point in time a 500 square foot apartment is not a great match for living out my dream.
Have you built a pedal-powered machine? We'd love to hear about it.