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faq [2018/10/19 18:06]
hildrethengland [What is a Food Computer?]
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 Add your questions by editing this page. As you find answers, please come back and share your knowledge with the community! Add your questions by editing this page. As you find answers, please come back and share your knowledge with the community!
  
-===== How can I contribute to the OpenAg project? ===== 
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-Yay! We welcome contributions from anyone. Here are some ways you can help: 
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-  * [[http://​forum.openag.media.mit.edu/​c/​help | Help answer questions on the Forum]] and be generally nice to fellow nerdfarmers. 
-  * Contribute to this Wiki by [[start?​do=register | creating an account]]. 
-  * Help translate the docs or wiki 
-  * Build a [[personal_food_computers|Personal Food Computer]] 
-  * Start a homebrew Food Computer club! 
-  * [[:​contributing | Contribute to the open source project]] 
  
 ===== What is a Food Computer? ===== ===== What is a Food Computer? =====
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 The name Food Computer™ was created by Caleb Harper, who directs the [[https://​www.media.mit.edu/​groups/​open-agriculture-openag/​projects/​ | MIT Open Agriculture Initiative]] - the research arm of the OpenAg Community. ​ The name Food Computer™ was created by Caleb Harper, who directs the [[https://​www.media.mit.edu/​groups/​open-agriculture-openag/​projects/​ | MIT Open Agriculture Initiative]] - the research arm of the OpenAg Community. ​
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 ===== Why Food Computers? ===== ===== Why Food Computers? =====
  
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   * All original code is licensed [[http://​www.gnu.org/​licenses/​gpl-3.0.en.html |GPL 3.0]]. ​   * All original code is licensed [[http://​www.gnu.org/​licenses/​gpl-3.0.en.html |GPL 3.0]]. ​
   * The [[https://​github.com/​OpenAgInitiative | Hardware designs and BOM]] are openly available so you can source it yourself.   * The [[https://​github.com/​OpenAgInitiative | Hardware designs and BOM]] are openly available so you can source it yourself.
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 +===== How can I contribute to the OpenAg project? =====
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 +Yay! We welcome contributions from anyone. Here are some ways you can help:
 +
 +  * [[http://​forum.openag.media.mit.edu/​c/​help | Help answer questions on the Forum]] and be generally nice to fellow nerdfarmers.
 +  * Contribute to this Wiki by [[start?​do=register | creating an account]].
 +  * Help translate the docs or wiki
 +  * Build a [[personal_food_computers|Personal Food Computer]]
 +  * Start a homebrew Food Computer club!
 +  * [[:​contributing | Contribute to the open source project]]
  
 ===== What's the difference between the different Personal Food Computers? ===== ===== What's the difference between the different Personal Food Computers? =====
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 ===== What can I grow? ===== ===== What can I grow? =====
  
-Lots of things! Leafy green and herb are good first choices. They are fast, easy to grow and fun. We've grown lots of plants that are frequently grown hydroponically (basil, tomato, chard, kale, ...) and a lot of plants that aren't usually grown hydroponically too. Join the experiment and see if you can grow your favorite plant!+Lots of things! Leafy green and herb are good first choices. They are fast, easy to grow and fun. We've grown lots of plants that are frequently grown hydroponically (basil, tomato, chard, kale, ...) and a lot of plants that aren't usually grown hydroponically too (e.g. cotton, hazelnuts). Join the experiment and see if you can grow your favorite plant!
  
 ===== How long will it take to grow my food? ===== ===== How long will it take to grow my food? =====
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 ===== Do I need a team to build it? Can I do it myself? ===== ===== Do I need a team to build it? Can I do it myself? =====
  
-The OpenAg Community Forum is a great place to ask questions, source alternative parts/materials, and follow along with other nerdfarmer builds. ​+Food Computers can be built from scratch by folks who are generally comfortable machining parts, doing some basic coding (Linux, Python), and working with electrical components.  
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 +For nerdfarmers who are less technically inclined, there are helpful lists of parts manufacturers included with the new [[pfc_edu_3.0|PFC 3.0]], we recommend reaching out to your local Maker and FabLab communities,​ and the OpenAg community designed a low-fidelity version of a Food Computer that can be built for low cost and with very basic materials.  
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 +The [[http://​forum.openag.media.mit.edu/​ | OpenAg Community Forum]] is a great place to ask questions, source alternative parts or find materials, and follow along with other nerdfarmer builds. ​
    
 ===== Can I eat the food that grows in it? ===== ===== Can I eat the food that grows in it? =====
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