Gardening isn’t new, right? True. But it is impractical for most of us and very time consuming if the intention is to truly grow our own food.
Basically, what Farmbot lets you do is farm your vegetables in your own backyard without you having to take constant care of them. All you have to do is set it up through a user-friendly app (the interface looks pretty fun, kind of a Plants vs. Zombies game) and relax for a few days. Then just pick up your fresh vegetables once they are ready to be eaten.
Farmbot is here to remind us that food is something the earth will give us for free. We don’t need to earn that right, we have it by nature. We just have to exploit it and Farmbot is taking a first step towards making this accessible for everybody.
Farmbot let’s you do this with relative ease, and if you are more tech savvy, you are free to modify the app’s open source code for yourself or help improve it and earn some community service karma. Farmbot’s pieces are easily replaceable as they are easy to find (simple metal plates and the like) or even 3d print. Of course, all this blueprints can be found online.
Besides letting you farm different crops simultaneously, another great characteristic of Farmbot is it’s ability to scale up or down depending on your production and space necessities. This means it can be used for growing your own food or that of a whole community. It could also spare a few headaches to those in the food growing business by truly automating the process.
I’ve read more than a few harsh critiques stating that Farmbot is a very expensive alternative to traditional, practical farming. To some extent I do agree, the entry ticket is quite expensive. But Farmbot is not here to solve humanities problems right away. They are planting the seed of a tree I would like to see growing and bearing fruit; I want to see the benefits the widespread use of these kind of products could have at a social and ecological level. I like to see Farmbot as the beginning of a movement, as a first step that still needs to be perfected and made more accessible.
We tend to think of food as something that is not ours, something we need to buy because it doesn’t belong to us; as another product in the market that needs to be acquired. But Farmbot is here to remind us that food is something the earth will give us for free. We don’t need to earn that right, we have it by nature. We just have to exploit it and Farmbot is taking a first step towards making this accessible for everybody.
Farmbot is already being produced and shipped in batches. Check out their official website for more!