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Episode-895- Will Bratton and Sam Bagot on Open Source Agriculture — 18 Comments

  1. I found them online – cool stuff! Seems so complex and failure prone though (high tech) that it would take a much larger scale to make all the inputs and complexity (and cost) worthwhile. All the electronics will be breaking often enough that these would be abandoned in short order, stripped down as all systems are eventually to their reliable components. That’s part of the beauty of gardening after all: low-tech, hard to break, reliable, hands on, biological, not technical. I hope this idea is taken to a large community-scale level/urban setting where it could justify the many inputs due to massive outputs possible therein.

    • Same with my husband. I started laughing when I heard them talking about automating a garden because my husband has been thinking of how to automate a chicken tractor for a year now. I won’t let him. LOL It freaks me out when I think about my portable chicken coop moving on its own in my yard. 🙂

  2. I have a son who loves to play with arduino boards, keeps telling me I need some. He also loves building with pvc pipe, had to send him a link. It’ll be interesting to see what he comes up with.

  3. direct to you from the Bureau of Information: consuming mass quantitites of fat soluable vitamins and minerals is actually GOOD for you.

    and from the Bureau of MISInformation: it has been proven that the fact that amish farmers that plant a few rows of tobacco plants around their crops DOES NOT in fact repel soil and land based insects and that the occasional naturally grown cigar is actually not bad for you (for further proof look up bill clinton ).

  4. Silicon Valley goes gardening….
    Hydrogen peroxide and pesticides and computers and sensors and…..
    Permaculture?

  5. I’m not familiar with the legality of open sourcing, what’s to stop a company from taking an open source design, patenting it, and then shutting down the open source operation?

    • You can get a creative commons license for open source but at the end of the day there isn’t much of anything stopping a large company from doing what you described. Patent disputes are usually one by whoever has more money and resources. In the world of software there is no shortage of capable people out there who won’t touch open source out of fear that they will be sued.

  6. The sensors is what I see as the tricky part. Not a place where you’d want to be cheap. Moisture, pH etc.

  7. You don’t need to measure your garden pH or moisture with any sensors beyond those you already have – your eyes and hands. Those are extremely sensitive, durable and can measure things a meter can’t.