The Open Food movement
Open Source Seeds
This site was set up to explore the concept of open source seeds. Since then the Open Source Seed initiative has started up and is doing great work.
We are a worldwide community of farmers that build and modify our own tools. We share our hacks online and at meet ups because we become better farmers when we work together.
Open Food network
Food unincorporated. An online platform to sell food. We enable collaboration. We level the playing field.
farmOS is a Drupal distribution for managing an operating farm. It includes modules and configuration for managing areas, plantings, animals, equipment, and more
FarmBot ships with the most common electronics of the DIY world: The Raspberry Pi 2 and Arduino Mega 2560. These platforms work seamlessly with the FarmBot software right out of the box.
Bristol Fish project
Bristol Fish Project is an Aquaponics project. I’m going to be playing around with Open Source monitoring and control
A free and open database for farming and gardening knowledge
The Things Network
We are on a mission to build a global open crowdsourced Internet of Things data network.
The Agroecology lab
Carbon sequestering agriculture; Productive & Evidence based
Zero fossil fuel inputs
Reducing our fossil fuel consumption is the first step towards a regenerative agriculture
No off-site fertility
Aims for zero inputs of off-site fertility
Protein-rich staple foods.
Focuses on crop systems producing protein-rich staple foods.
Improving on Farm Protein Production
The Agroecology lab conducts research into human-scale, low-carbon agroecological systems for the UK context. It operates from a one-acre site near Yate.
Food Security, and Ecological Resilience.
We sit at the intersection between Sustainable food and Permaculture and the digital revolution
Open Source research
We study, design, manage and evaluate proof of concept agricultural systems.
Considering the interactions of all important biophysical, technical and socioeconomic components of farming systems
So it seems that there are a couple of challenges with a completely renewable energy grid in a Northern European context. 1) We don’t have that much solar energy 2) The solar energy we do have is rarely at the right times So if we don’t have enough energy we probably need to import some. Read more about Renewable electricity grids & undersea hydrogen[…]
Rosetta Phone A £40 smartphone with reasonable spec sold PAYG at cost price, using SMS based mobile payments. Containing a 32Gb library of carefully curated educational content and apps to enable access to education and health information. The information is accessed through the Kiwix reader. Marketed through existing solar PAYG networks to people who Read more about Rosetta Phone[…]
When he squints, he can see, maybe 30 years down the road, Africa’s coast dotted with supertankers, docked at offshore rigs. But they wouldn’t be filling up with oil. Seafloor powerlines would carry renewable electricity to the rigs from wind and solar farms on shore. On board, one device would use the electricity to desalinate Read more about Liquid solar energy[…]
Disclaimer – this is just some notes to help organise my thoughts. It might be of interest to someone, but it’s not a ‘proper’ blog entry. I’m particularly interested in a peer-to-peer mesh as a network for SSB messages: a decent(ralised) secure gossip platform https://www.manyver.se https://github.com/staltz/manyverse https://www.scuttlebutt.nz https://github.com/ssbc https://github.com/ssbc/stack-diagram It works, with a sufficient density of Read more about Offline communications in 2018[…]
The thousand trees project – Fuel and carbon capture. Distributing a forest in the urban landscape of Bristol UK, then using the coppiced wood to create heat, power and biochar to capture and store carbon. This is essentially reverse coal mining, taking carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in the ground. Agroecology Lab is Read more about The Thousand Trees Project[…]
Last year I brought a Edyn smart garden thing. It was closed source, but solar and shiny. It had a pretty web interface. Then the company went bankrupt Sorry I’ve been informed they are not bankrupt. They’ve just taken their API, and website offline and ceased responding in a timely way to customer service enquires. So Read more about Edyn[…]
What are the bare minimum requirements for a refugee situation? 6 x 15mm 8×4 panels = £180 ThermHex £20 20m of flashing tape From which you can build a Octayurt Infrastructure Package £22 1 Wood Gasification Stove (burns wood for cooking, 3x more efficient than clay stoves) £20 2x LED Flashlights (energy efficient area lighting) Read more about £300 refugee infrastructure package[…]
Humanity faces the challenge of how to achieve a high quality of life for over 7 billion people without destabilizing critical planetary processes. Physical needs such as nutrition, sanitation, access to electricity and the elimination of extreme poverty could likely be met for all people without transgressing planetary boundaries. More Ecological Footprinting analysis shows Read more about A good life for all within planetary boundaries #OnePlanet[…]
Been thinking about what it is that makes robot harvesting difficult. Part of the problem is picking up the cut leaves. By growing vertically that harvesting could be easier, using a relatively cheap robot arm with scissors and a bucket (above from Micropede) You’d need to move the arm around, possibly using Tslot as rails Read more about Robotic harvesting for Vertical Aquaponics[…]
Thinking about the ARK and how fish behaviour could be monitored. There already exists a temperature compensating feeder from Aquaponics lab. What would it look like to factor in the fish behaviour into a feeding regime? So if fish were observed using an underwater USB camera & A Pi what analysis could you run? Some useful tools Read more about Visual Fish analysis in Aquaponics[…]