Hello, #nerdfarmers! I’m extremely excited to announce the completion of our $300 Food Computer project!
For nearly three months a core team in St. Louis, Missouri has been working on developing a Food Computer that is designed to be built on a budget, with limited experience. We understand that many of us can’t afford a Food Computer, or have access to the equipment required to make it. We also believe that without complete documentation and help, the learning curve of developing your own system is too great for most to overcome. This makes it very hard for new members of our community to jump right in and start to participate in our learning. We hope that this project breaks down some of those barriers and allows all of us to spend more time being farmers, and get started growing right away! We recommend you approach the project chronologically.
Check out our 2 minute promo video for a quick summary of how to get started.
Order parts from the Bill of Materials (BOM)
Verify you have all required tools on second tab of BOM, if you are missing any, order them.
Machine parts into ready to assemble Prepared Parts
Edit 12/17 - New Version: Prepared Parts Documentation
Be aware there are some inconsistencies between video and written documentation.
When in doubt: Follow the written documentation as it is updated to current BOM.
Complete Final Assembly
Edit 12/17 - New Version: Final Assembly Documentation
Germinate seeds in Rockwool, balance your PH, and get growing!
Edit 12/17 - New Document: Operational Documentation
Get involved on the forums, show us your bulid and ask questions.
Edit 12/17 - New Document: Frequently Asked Questions
Edit 2/18 - New Link: MVP Wiki - Additional Help
Edit 2/18 - New Link: MVP Wiki - Guide to Hacking the Software
A huge thank you to the following for their contributions to this project. Just so everyone is clear, we have received no funding or support from an organization or third party, this is entirely an open source product developed for the community, by the community.
@webbhm for writing all of the software and countless phone calls
@drewthomas89 for building our Alpha and Final prototypes and sourcing the BOM
@ceav2b for filming/editing build videos
@pspeth, @jimbell, Ashley Longreigh for their help with the documentation and taking pictures
@ferguman, @wsnook for technical advice and guidance
@melanieshimano, @iancollmceachern for being early adopter beta testers and helping us work out some of the kinks!