A new crop of farmers is rising in some unlikely places. What are the farmers of tomorrow doing with open tools and principles today?
With our Co.Lab kit and your own seeds, you can use open source tools to make an indoor mini-farm.
What do you do when healthy food is hard to find? In west Baltimore, high school students are growing it for themselves―and finding their place in the food system.
Dorn Cox knows restoring our environment is too big a job for one person to do alone. Open source agriculture means he doesn’t have to.
Open source hardware and software manage many tasks at Wolfe’s Neck Center and on Cox’s own farm in Freeport, Maine. 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.
Regini and his students at West Hollow Middle School 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.
Tractor, harvester, Raspberry Pi: Mason is showing students in St. Louis, Mo., a new set of high-tech agriculture tools. Her classes have used the Raspberry Pi to build aquaponic gardens that nourish fish and flora at the same time.
As the CEO and COO, respectively, 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.
In Shimano’s Food Computer Program, 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. Shimano and her pupils are showing their community a healthier way to eat by sharing what they grow―and what they learn.
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