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
Showcase your team, products, clients, about info, testimonials, latest posts from the blog, contact form, additional calls to action. Everything translation ready.
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
Improving on Farm Protein Production, Food Security, and Ecological Resilience.
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
- Takes a scientific approach that uses ecological theory to study, design, manage and evaluate proof of concept agricultural systems.
- Considers interactions of all important biophysical, technical and socioeconomic components of farming systems and regards these systems as the fundamental units of study
- Aims for zero fossil fuel inputs
- Aims for zero inputs of off-site fertility
- Focuses on crop systems producing protein-rich staple foods.
- Shares research outputs using an open source methodology
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)[…]
In software there’s this idea of minimum viable product In aquaponics the IBC system is pretty much the basic system, but in colder climates the system will not operate all year. So my thought is; what is the minimum viable IBC system for year round operation in a UK climate? The solution should: Be as Read more about Minimum viable Aquaponics – Full year IBC[…]
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[…]
This deciduous shrub or small tree is slow-growing, but once established it will produce edible, dark green leaves that turn bright yellow in Autumn. It has beautiful, fragrant flowers that are also edible, and seeds that are used for food and cooking oil. The oil is also being evaluated for biodiesel. This ornamental plant is also fairly drought tolerant and Read more about Xanthoceras Sorbifolium (Yellowhorn)[…]
Sustainable living using appropriate modern technology and permaculture principles. Eco Hacker Farm is an umbrella organisation for people who want to start or are already running ecological/permaculture farms combined with hackerspaces to provide a sustainable living space for people to come and experience a way of life that is not necessarily dependent on the system Read more about Eco Hacker farm[…]
The OBI system is open source, collaborative and distributed. Our focus is on low cost and rapidly-built structures that are modular, ecological, and energy efficient. Screen Shot 2016-04-16 at 8.58.11 https://openbuildinginstitute.org