December 29, 2015 AT 5:00 pm

Farmbots Makes Growing Food Easier #Arduino

Farmbot is an open source farm machine making growing food easier. via blog.arduino

Farmbot is the first open source cnc farming machine with the aim to create an open and accessible technology aiding everyone to grow food and to grow food for everyone. It runs on open source hardware like Arduino Mega 2560 and involves a community of contributors on the wiki and forum where you can find documentation, schematics, assembly guides, troubleshooting tips and many more on all currently supported and old FarmBots.

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1 Comment

  1. I greatly admire your engineering and design but the concept itself baffles me. One of the most attractive features of growing your own food is the low cost. It takes only a few simple garden tools and admittedly, some hard labor. It seems like an amusement for people who have more money than time. But, does it really save time?

    If FarmBot could do the initial soil preparation that would be a huge plus. This (as you probably know) is a lot of work. Planting the seeds is a one-time-per-season thing (or maybe two at best). Watering is an important feature but a soaker hose and a timer valve are pretty effective for that. The part of having your own garden that is sheer drudgery is pulling weeds. This may not be a big issue in urban environments but it certainly is outside of cities. Identifying and eliminating weeds would be a great feature.

    All this being said, there is a great deal of satisfaction to be had by actually planting seeds and touching soil with your hands. Yes, it’s hard work but it provides something that sitting at a desk and tinkering with a computer does not. You should try it!

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