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
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[…]
What it is: A standardised and Open Source Aquaponics system Suitable for temperate climates. Affordable but capable of producing useful food Basic Kit £400 parts target (Ballpark £600 shipped cost) Well insulated single IBC system with media grow bed above tank Dual Airlift pump < £30 ESP Temp & EC sensor Transparent Polycarbonate inner cover Read more about Aquaponics Research Kit (ARK)[…]
Sowing seeds is often a pleasurable activity, it can become tedious or routine on a large scale. It seems like it should be fairly easy to automate with a vacuum and a XY rack of some kind. Or a conveyor belt system You can get commercial systems: And there is a couple of Arduino versions Read more about Seed sowing robot[…]
I’ve been looking into Sodium Acetate as a long-term heat store. It’s a phase change reaction, so this heater could be warmed on your woodstove and then left in situ for weeks or months, so long as you remember to check the level now and again. This is a concept, I haven’t built it yet A Read more about Phase change cloche heater[…]
So it seems to me robotics is interesting in agriculture where the following conditions are met Uses power generated on site Reduces fossil fuel use Designs are opensource I think the best way of reducing weeds is to use mulch, either compost, or a long lasting aluminium mulch Which in a small horticultural setting basically Read more about Open Source horticultural robots[…]
i Been pondering the sustainability of Aluminum mulches recently. You can buy disposable mulch, but that doesn’t seem very sustainable. It’s an idea that’s been around since the 1950s and some have reported increased yield and even reduced pests What if you used 2mm thick stuff that could have regularly placed holes cut? It would Read more about Aluminium sheet mulch[…]