Farming for the Future

A new crop of farmers is rising in some unlikely places. What are the farmers of tomorrow doing with open tools and principles today?

From the film


Dorn Cox

Dorn Cox is the research director of Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment in Freeport, Maine. Open source hardware and software manage many tasks at Wolfe’s Neck Center and on Dorn’s own farm. Open source philosophy is the foundation of Farm Hack, Gathering for Open Ag Tech (GOAT), and FarmOS, online projects Dorn cofounded to give farmers new ways to share projects and knowledge.


Chantell Mason

Tractor, harvester, Raspberry Pi: Chantell Mason, a science teacher at Steger 6th Grade Center in St. Louis, Mo., is showing her students a new set of high-tech agriculture tools. Chantell’s classes have used the Raspberry Pi to build aquaponic gardens that nourish fish and flora at the same time.


Chris Regini

Chris Regini is a science teacher at West Hollow Middle School in the Half Hollow Hills School District in Melville, New York. He and his students are growing food indoors using a hydroponics system built on open source hardware and software. They’re exchanging what they learn with students across the country and around the world.


Melanie Shimano

Melanie Shimano is the founder of the Food Computer Program. With her help, high school students at Green Street Academy in west Baltimore have built food computers and taught younger kids at other schools how to do the same. Melanie and her pupils are showing their community a healthier way to eat by sharing what they grow―and what they learn.


Peter Webb and Drew Thomas

As the cofounders of the St. Louis startup MARSfarm, Peter Webb and Drew Thomas are trying to raise interest in agriculture and STEM education by exploring ways to grow food on Mars. MARSfarm developed an affordable food computer and shared the plans for it. More than 100 groups have downloaded the kit and built their own.

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