Open Source Farming Machine





  • That is really cool. Love the idea!



  • nice idea,



  • but farming is cathartic



  • @hubtechagain said in OPEN-SOURCE FARMING MACHINE:

    but farming is cathartic

    Don't worry, you'll still have to drive the truck version around the fields!



  • This is cool.



  • That's such a great idea!!





  • It's like light manufacturing, 3D printing and open source meets farming.



  • Editing the OP to add the video.



  • What a great idea!



  • Especially on a small scale, that's pretty cool.



  • @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    Especially on a small scale, that's pretty cool.

    Yes, for a "farm" it is totally useless. But for a home garden this is so perfect. It's the right size for a home garden and it handles mixed plants as easily as doing all the same one so perfect for the variety that single families need. An amazing opportunity around growing your own food. It would work really well for people who want fresh veggies for their own consumption. It's an automated system that matches how they farm in Romania, everyone with a tiny plot of their own.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    Especially on a small scale, that's pretty cool.

    Yes, for a "farm" it is totally useless. But for a home garden this is so perfect. It's the right size for a home garden and it handles mixed plants as easily as doing all the same one so perfect for the variety that single families need. An amazing opportunity around growing your own food. It would work really well for people who want fresh veggies for their own consumption. It's an automated system that matches how they farm in Romania, everyone with a tiny plot of their own.

    But it's better-suited to Americans, who have small plots of land, money for gadgets, want a garden, and have no time to deal with it.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    Especially on a small scale, that's pretty cool.

    Yes, for a "farm" it is totally useless. But for a home garden this is so perfect. It's the right size for a home garden and it handles mixed plants as easily as doing all the same one so perfect for the variety that single families need. An amazing opportunity around growing your own food. It would work really well for people who want fresh veggies for their own consumption. It's an automated system that matches how they farm in Romania, everyone with a tiny plot of their own.

    $3k is such a steep hurdle to care for such a small garden. You would almost never recoup your food cost. I'd like to see something like this for about a third of the price. I understand that probably isn't feasible right now in terms of cost and technology, but it would be hard to see any monetary gain at $3k.



  • @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    Especially on a small scale, that's pretty cool.

    The automation of large scale farms is pretty crazy. I was surprised when my wife brought me to a huge dairy how much automation is actually involved in milking cows.



  • @IRJ said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @scottalanmiller said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    Especially on a small scale, that's pretty cool.

    Yes, for a "farm" it is totally useless. But for a home garden this is so perfect. It's the right size for a home garden and it handles mixed plants as easily as doing all the same one so perfect for the variety that single families need. An amazing opportunity around growing your own food. It would work really well for people who want fresh veggies for their own consumption. It's an automated system that matches how they farm in Romania, everyone with a tiny plot of their own.

    $3k is such a steep hurdle to care for such a small garden. You would almost never recoup your food cost. I'd like to see something like this for about a third of the price. I understand that probably isn't feasible right now in terms of cost and technology, but it would be hard to see any monetary gain at $3k.

    It's the larger sizes that really are needed to make it pay off. Doing a tiny one would be really hard. Although they did say that it will last for a very long time.

    It's actually Panama where I would see this paying off the most. Similar culture to the US, but with food costs as much as 500% higher. So the ability to pay this off would be easier.



  • @coliver said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    Especially on a small scale, that's pretty cool.

    The automation of large scale farms is pretty crazy. I was surprised when my wife brought me to a huge dairy how much automation is actually involved in milking cows.

    Yup, dairies are pretty much 100% computer driven. Hardly any manual labour.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @coliver said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    Especially on a small scale, that's pretty cool.

    The automation of large scale farms is pretty crazy. I was surprised when my wife brought me to a huge dairy how much automation is actually involved in milking cows.

    Yup, dairies are pretty much 100% computer driven. Hardly any manual labour.

    I'm hoping that the trend continues down the market as well. There are some smaller dairies that could benefit from this technology.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @IRJ said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @scottalanmiller said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    Especially on a small scale, that's pretty cool.

    Yes, for a "farm" it is totally useless. But for a home garden this is so perfect. It's the right size for a home garden and it handles mixed plants as easily as doing all the same one so perfect for the variety that single families need. An amazing opportunity around growing your own food. It would work really well for people who want fresh veggies for their own consumption. It's an automated system that matches how they farm in Romania, everyone with a tiny plot of their own.

    $3k is such a steep hurdle to care for such a small garden. You would almost never recoup your food cost. I'd like to see something like this for about a third of the price. I understand that probably isn't feasible right now in terms of cost and technology, but it would be hard to see any monetary gain at $3k.

    It's the larger sizes that really are needed to make it pay off. Doing a tiny one would be really hard. Although they did say that it will last for a very long time.

    It's actually Panama where I would see this paying off the most. Similar culture to the US, but with food costs as much as 500% higher. So the ability to pay this off would be easier.

    Yeah even at $1k it would be difficult to recoup the investment in a few years here in the United States. However, I think $1k is a price a hobbyist could afford. That would be about my budget on something like this.



  • @IRJ said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @scottalanmiller said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @IRJ said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @scottalanmiller said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    Especially on a small scale, that's pretty cool.

    Yes, for a "farm" it is totally useless. But for a home garden this is so perfect. It's the right size for a home garden and it handles mixed plants as easily as doing all the same one so perfect for the variety that single families need. An amazing opportunity around growing your own food. It would work really well for people who want fresh veggies for their own consumption. It's an automated system that matches how they farm in Romania, everyone with a tiny plot of their own.

    $3k is such a steep hurdle to care for such a small garden. You would almost never recoup your food cost. I'd like to see something like this for about a third of the price. I understand that probably isn't feasible right now in terms of cost and technology, but it would be hard to see any monetary gain at $3k.

    It's the larger sizes that really are needed to make it pay off. Doing a tiny one would be really hard. Although they did say that it will last for a very long time.

    It's actually Panama where I would see this paying off the most. Similar culture to the US, but with food costs as much as 500% higher. So the ability to pay this off would be easier.

    Yeah even at $1k it would be difficult to recoup the investment in a few years here in the United States. However, I think $1k is a price a hobbyist could afford. That would be about my budget on something like this.

    If the hobbyist had access to 3D printing, what would the costs fall to? The designs are out there to be printed.



  • @hubtechagain said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    but farming is cathartic

    It can't handle goats yet, so there is still a place for us.



  • @IRJ said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @scottalanmiller said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    Especially on a small scale, that's pretty cool.

    Yes, for a "farm" it is totally useless. But for a home garden this is so perfect. It's the right size for a home garden and it handles mixed plants as easily as doing all the same one so perfect for the variety that single families need. An amazing opportunity around growing your own food. It would work really well for people who want fresh veggies for their own consumption. It's an automated system that matches how they farm in Romania, everyone with a tiny plot of their own.

    $3k is such a steep hurdle to care for such a small garden. You would almost never recoup your food cost. I'd like to see something like this for about a third of the price. I understand that probably isn't feasible right now in terms of cost and technology, but it would be hard to see any monetary gain at $3k.

    Yeah. Like I said before, we'll see this sort of system put on a truck or tractor arrangement of some sort. Add on the auto driving things they have on the newest tractors, and you've got an automated system that can tend to hundreds/thousands of acres without the current need for keeping entire fields being the same crop. Don't even need a driver, just a manager/mechanic.



  • @travisdh1 said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @IRJ said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @scottalanmiller said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    Especially on a small scale, that's pretty cool.

    Yes, for a "farm" it is totally useless. But for a home garden this is so perfect. It's the right size for a home garden and it handles mixed plants as easily as doing all the same one so perfect for the variety that single families need. An amazing opportunity around growing your own food. It would work really well for people who want fresh veggies for their own consumption. It's an automated system that matches how they farm in Romania, everyone with a tiny plot of their own.

    $3k is such a steep hurdle to care for such a small garden. You would almost never recoup your food cost. I'd like to see something like this for about a third of the price. I understand that probably isn't feasible right now in terms of cost and technology, but it would be hard to see any monetary gain at $3k.

    Yeah. Like I said before, we'll see this sort of system put on a truck or tractor arrangement of some sort. Add on the auto driving things they have on the newest tractors, and you've got an automated system that can tend to hundreds/thousands of acres without the current need for keeping entire fields being the same crop. Don't even need a driver, just a manager/mechanic.

    You would need a separate mechanism for harvesting large quantities, though.



  • @travisdh1 said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @IRJ said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @scottalanmiller said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    Especially on a small scale, that's pretty cool.

    Yes, for a "farm" it is totally useless. But for a home garden this is so perfect. It's the right size for a home garden and it handles mixed plants as easily as doing all the same one so perfect for the variety that single families need. An amazing opportunity around growing your own food. It would work really well for people who want fresh veggies for their own consumption. It's an automated system that matches how they farm in Romania, everyone with a tiny plot of their own.

    $3k is such a steep hurdle to care for such a small garden. You would almost never recoup your food cost. I'd like to see something like this for about a third of the price. I understand that probably isn't feasible right now in terms of cost and technology, but it would be hard to see any monetary gain at $3k.

    Yeah. Like I said before, we'll see this sort of system put on a truck or tractor arrangement of some sort. Add on the auto driving things they have on the newest tractors, and you've got an automated system that can tend to hundreds/thousands of acres without the current need for keeping entire fields being the same crop. Don't even need a driver, just a manager/mechanic.

    You'd be surprised. A lot of large farms already have automated planting and harvesting. They use GPS and mapping tools to map out where the crops go. Sure there is a driver but all the guess work is handled by a computer.



  • @coliver said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @travisdh1 said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @IRJ said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @scottalanmiller said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    Especially on a small scale, that's pretty cool.

    Yes, for a "farm" it is totally useless. But for a home garden this is so perfect. It's the right size for a home garden and it handles mixed plants as easily as doing all the same one so perfect for the variety that single families need. An amazing opportunity around growing your own food. It would work really well for people who want fresh veggies for their own consumption. It's an automated system that matches how they farm in Romania, everyone with a tiny plot of their own.

    $3k is such a steep hurdle to care for such a small garden. You would almost never recoup your food cost. I'd like to see something like this for about a third of the price. I understand that probably isn't feasible right now in terms of cost and technology, but it would be hard to see any monetary gain at $3k.

    Yeah. Like I said before, we'll see this sort of system put on a truck or tractor arrangement of some sort. Add on the auto driving things they have on the newest tractors, and you've got an automated system that can tend to hundreds/thousands of acres without the current need for keeping entire fields being the same crop. Don't even need a driver, just a manager/mechanic.

    You'd be surprised. A lot of large farms already have automated planting and harvesting. They use GPS and mapping tools to map out where the crops go. Sure there is a driver but all the guess work is handled by a computer.

    Yep, they put self-driving cars to shame.



  • @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @travisdh1 said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @IRJ said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @scottalanmiller said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    Especially on a small scale, that's pretty cool.

    Yes, for a "farm" it is totally useless. But for a home garden this is so perfect. It's the right size for a home garden and it handles mixed plants as easily as doing all the same one so perfect for the variety that single families need. An amazing opportunity around growing your own food. It would work really well for people who want fresh veggies for their own consumption. It's an automated system that matches how they farm in Romania, everyone with a tiny plot of their own.

    $3k is such a steep hurdle to care for such a small garden. You would almost never recoup your food cost. I'd like to see something like this for about a third of the price. I understand that probably isn't feasible right now in terms of cost and technology, but it would be hard to see any monetary gain at $3k.

    Yeah. Like I said before, we'll see this sort of system put on a truck or tractor arrangement of some sort. Add on the auto driving things they have on the newest tractors, and you've got an automated system that can tend to hundreds/thousands of acres without the current need for keeping entire fields being the same crop. Don't even need a driver, just a manager/mechanic.

    You would need a separate mechanism for harvesting large quantities, though.

    Not all that difficult to do. Most types of crops have some sort of automated harvesting mechanism available (weather it's currently in use over super cheap human labor or not.)



  • @travisdh1 said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @travisdh1 said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @IRJ said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @scottalanmiller said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    Especially on a small scale, that's pretty cool.

    Yes, for a "farm" it is totally useless. But for a home garden this is so perfect. It's the right size for a home garden and it handles mixed plants as easily as doing all the same one so perfect for the variety that single families need. An amazing opportunity around growing your own food. It would work really well for people who want fresh veggies for their own consumption. It's an automated system that matches how they farm in Romania, everyone with a tiny plot of their own.

    $3k is such a steep hurdle to care for such a small garden. You would almost never recoup your food cost. I'd like to see something like this for about a third of the price. I understand that probably isn't feasible right now in terms of cost and technology, but it would be hard to see any monetary gain at $3k.

    Yeah. Like I said before, we'll see this sort of system put on a truck or tractor arrangement of some sort. Add on the auto driving things they have on the newest tractors, and you've got an automated system that can tend to hundreds/thousands of acres without the current need for keeping entire fields being the same crop. Don't even need a driver, just a manager/mechanic.

    You would need a separate mechanism for harvesting large quantities, though.

    Not all that difficult to do. Most types of crops have some sort of automated harvesting mechanism available (weather it's currently in use over super cheap human labor or not.)

    We're talking about mixed stuff, not a field of one plant type.



  • @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @travisdh1 said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @travisdh1 said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @IRJ said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @scottalanmiller said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    Especially on a small scale, that's pretty cool.

    Yes, for a "farm" it is totally useless. But for a home garden this is so perfect. It's the right size for a home garden and it handles mixed plants as easily as doing all the same one so perfect for the variety that single families need. An amazing opportunity around growing your own food. It would work really well for people who want fresh veggies for their own consumption. It's an automated system that matches how they farm in Romania, everyone with a tiny plot of their own.

    $3k is such a steep hurdle to care for such a small garden. You would almost never recoup your food cost. I'd like to see something like this for about a third of the price. I understand that probably isn't feasible right now in terms of cost and technology, but it would be hard to see any monetary gain at $3k.

    Yeah. Like I said before, we'll see this sort of system put on a truck or tractor arrangement of some sort. Add on the auto driving things they have on the newest tractors, and you've got an automated system that can tend to hundreds/thousands of acres without the current need for keeping entire fields being the same crop. Don't even need a driver, just a manager/mechanic.

    You would need a separate mechanism for harvesting large quantities, though.

    Not all that difficult to do. Most types of crops have some sort of automated harvesting mechanism available (weather it's currently in use over super cheap human labor or not.)

    We're talking about mixed stuff, not a field of one plant type.

    I realize that 😉 A harvesting bot isn't that difficult to do compared to a planting/watering bot.



  • @travisdh1 said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @travisdh1 said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @travisdh1 said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @IRJ said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @scottalanmiller said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    @art_of_shred said in Open Source Farming Machine:

    Especially on a small scale, that's pretty cool.

    Yes, for a "farm" it is totally useless. But for a home garden this is so perfect. It's the right size for a home garden and it handles mixed plants as easily as doing all the same one so perfect for the variety that single families need. An amazing opportunity around growing your own food. It would work really well for people who want fresh veggies for their own consumption. It's an automated system that matches how they farm in Romania, everyone with a tiny plot of their own.

    $3k is such a steep hurdle to care for such a small garden. You would almost never recoup your food cost. I'd like to see something like this for about a third of the price. I understand that probably isn't feasible right now in terms of cost and technology, but it would be hard to see any monetary gain at $3k.

    Yeah. Like I said before, we'll see this sort of system put on a truck or tractor arrangement of some sort. Add on the auto driving things they have on the newest tractors, and you've got an automated system that can tend to hundreds/thousands of acres without the current need for keeping entire fields being the same crop. Don't even need a driver, just a manager/mechanic.

    You would need a separate mechanism for harvesting large quantities, though.

    Not all that difficult to do. Most types of crops have some sort of automated harvesting mechanism available (weather it's currently in use over super cheap human labor or not.)

    We're talking about mixed stuff, not a field of one plant type.

    I realize that 😉 A harvesting bot isn't that difficult to do compared to a planting/watering bot.

    True, but I highly doubt it could be nearly efficient enough for large-scale farming. A bot that can adapt to harvesting multiple crops and still keep up with a combine taking down a single crop? I don't see that as feasible.