3D Printing Technology + Raspberry Pie + Arduino + Garden + San Luis Obispo = Farmbot.io

https://farmbot.io/
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by:James Bilous
That's my friend's project! He's been working on it for quite a long time and all the plans are open source. Very cool.
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
I have found a lot of cool high tech apps for farming.  Farmlogs https://farmlogs.com/ shows a lot of data for your fields.
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by:Jaime Lewis
What amazing technology! Reminds me of these forestry drones: https://droneseed.co/
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by:Juana Villa
That is a very interesting project. I see its benefit on large production. However, I wonder how sustainable it is on small production. The CO2 produced by FarmBot for a household vs traditional household farming.
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by:James Bilous
I think the point is that people who would not otherwise have a garden due to the difficulty and time involved in upkeep would now be able to have a supply of home grown vegetables. Otherwise, these people would be buying vegetables from the store, probably not buying organic or from farmer markets (due to the cost and availability), and therefore contributing to an industry that is much less sustainable.

Comparing the 60kg of CO2 per year in electricity that farmbot consumes to the CO2 emissions of a vehicle transporting vegetation hundreds of miles on a truck is pretty much no contest. The big prohibiting factor I see is cost - I believe the original prototypes are around $4k which is too much for the type of consumers used in this thought experiment.
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
The idea here is cool. But there are other method's for those of us with black thumbs that are easier and less expensive such as https://earthbox.com/  It answers a similar issue where you know what you are eating, and growing is made easy.
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by:Juana Villa
@JamesBilous I understand your point. However, I don't find very reliable FarmBot's information about sustainability because they state "we will never truly know". Anyway, I believe they should do a study where they compare the CO2 produced for production, transportation, and use of FarmBot vs a traditional household farming.
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by:Juana Villa
@ScottFell, EarhBox looks interesting. I am thinking about having my own garden and I was looking into vertical garden. I will definitely take a look at EarthBox, it might a good option for me.
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