Article: No green thumb required: Open-source robots can now grow a small farm for you

Food, Open Provisioning

No green thumb required: Open-source robots can now grow a small farm for you

If you’ve always wanted to grow your own fruits and veggies but could never quite make the time for it — technology is here to rescue you. At first glance, technology and farming don’t go hand in hand, but that’s old school thinking. In this day and age, technology and farming are a perfect match. With cheap sensors, simple phone apps, and available equipment, you can build your very own farming robot.

Give it power, water, and WiFi, and it will take care of the rest. FarmBot can plant, water, weed, and monitor the soil and plants with an array of sensors. All you need to do is harvest the produce once it’s done.

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Article: Open Sauce/Source for the Food Revolution

Food, Open Provisioning

Open Sauce/Source for the Food Revolution

We can’t get around it, so we’ll say it upfront. Food is essential to life. What’s more, ensuring open access to the resources, knowledge, and land we need to feed ourselves is political. In opposition to corporate control and intellectual property, we need systems and processes which emphasize sharing and collaboration for food systems work.

A movement of practitioners is emerging who are applying Open Source philosophy to food systems work. Our goal in this article is to recognize the power of this fledgling movement and to highlight some of the people and organizations who are using Open Source for food.

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