Open Agriculture: looking back at 2016, looking ahead in 2017 and beyond

It’s been a heck of a year for all the #nerdfarmers around the world, including those of us at the Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg) at MIT Media Lab.

As we hurl ourselves into 2017, check out a rundown of the last year and get a peek into 2017 from chief #nerdfarmer, Caleb:
2016 Review of the Open Agriculture Initiative on Medium
2017: The OpenAg Ecosystem Expands -Research, Non-Profit, Ventures

And speaking about looking ahead, don’t forget to join our forum. This is where we share all the latest updates, including the documentation you need to get started with building the latest version of the OpenAg Personal Food Computer.

2017 is going to be an exciting year for OpenAg and all the #nerdfarmers! We continue to value your opinions, feedback, ideas and passion in pushing this open source project forward.

Our very best,
The OpenAg Team

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OpenAg™ Personal Food Computer v2.0 (alpha) [Documentation Release]

November 16, 2016

By: Caleb Harper & OpenAg Team We’ve released the documentation for the OpenAg™ Personal Food Computer v2.0 (alpha), a major upgrade from the OpenAg™ PFC v1.0. Check it out! Documentation Wiki Github  We’ve established the features that are available on this ‘alpha’ release of OpenAg™ PFC v2.0. We’re refining both the hardware and software (hence, the ‘alpha’ […]

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Into the Jungle

March 21, 2016

By: Cam Jones Using Food Computers, I have learned to grow different types of food and create climates. A couple of months ago, I started working on a project to test the Food Computer’s capabilities of growing some new and exotic types of plants that we hadn’t experimented with yet. I had grown a lot […]

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Stressing out your plants can make them more delicious, and we’re going to measure it.

February 29, 2016

Guest post by: Arielle Johnson Stressing out your plants can make them more delicious, and we’re going to measure it. In the evolutionary history of plants, shifts in their environment led to shifts in chemistry—a molecular production ramp-up of secondary metabolites to serve specific roles for the plant. When algae evolved into land plans, they […]

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Maker Adrian Lu Builds a Food Computer

December 30, 2015

Maker Adrian Lu has taken on the Food Computer as his next DIY engineering project – and he’s blogging his way through the whole experience! Check out his blog to follow his progress! We are currently working on a new version of the Food Computer that will be easier to build, easier to maintain, and […]

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A Happy Harvest

December 20, 2015

Each month, the members of MIT OpenAG and our partner schools around North America grow fresh food in our Food Computers and Food Servers. At the end of a grow cycle, the plants are ready to be harvested, and for us that’s always the best part. This month our harvest was an all day event […]

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The Move Towards Manufacturing

December 3, 2015

The first prototype of the Personal Food Computer has served us well, but we’re on our way towards developing a Version 2 that can be manufactured and sold in easy-to-build kits. The first prototype version of the Personal Food Computer has been a fantastic proof of concept. It has given us a strong understanding of […]

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Members Week Cocktail Party!

October 28, 2015

It’s members’ week here at the MIT Media Lab, and the building is filled with friends of the farm! We hosted a cocktail party for Media Lab affiliates, investors,  members of other Media Lab groups, and more! Alongside our storage container-sized Food Server, we showed off our full fleet of eight prototype Personal Food Computers […]

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Give the teachers what they want!

October 27, 2015

At our recent teacher meetup at the MIT Media Lab, we had the chance to chat with the pioneer teachers and students who have been using our Food Computers to grow food in their their classrooms. We asked them what they need and want us to do to improve the systems and it turns out […]

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A Meeting of Minds – First Teacher Meetup

October 26, 2015

Several weeks ago we sent out six Personal Food Computers to schools around the Boston area. Each school made their best effort to maintain the prototype machines and to care for the dozen seedlings that were planted, and every school was able to successfully grow plants! Last week we went and picked up all of […]

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