My attention was first brought to the Open Agriculture Initiative sometime in 2016 when I watched Caleb’s TED-Talk. The idea of replicating desired results in climate controlled growing chambers based on shared recipes fascinated me. Just as the vision of a large community of PFC owners did that were continuously perfecting their results and sharing recipes and insights. I dreamt of growing my own tomatoes that tasted just as the ones bought at a market in southern Italy. I wanted to be part of this and started thinking about building and operating a PFC – and later a Food Container.
I started collecting information and talked to everybody about this idea, looking around trying to collect more information on the state of the project. My enthusiasm started to drop when I seemed to recognize that no actual climate recipes were available that could be reliably used to produce results. My dream of perfect tomatoes waned.
I also thought of the problem of seeds. How to make sure I have the right seeds to attain the desired results? And the problem of resetting a growing chamber to the exact same condition when starting a new recipe. What I if any contamination from a prior grow phase is still lingering and influences the results? And the aspect of other plant and soil interaction that surely influences results considerably and would be difficult to adjust to.
Most of all the chatter in the forum pointed the many groups trying to build PFC’s but very little in actual PFC’s fully automatically growing stuff based on climate recipes.
This brings me back to my question: Do PFC’s actually work as I understand them? Do they work completely autonomously? Do they record their recipes and upload these to a repository in the cloud? Are these accompanied by information describing what the recipe actually grows and what qualities are achieved? Are the recipes continuously improving? Can I expect to reliably go through many grow cycles without major overhaul every time? Is a scenario realistic, where multiple PFC’s in my basement are chugging along producing good food – with little or no supervision?
If not: what seems to be missing? I am in a situation where I could invest considerable effort into building and perfecting a PFC. But I would like to be able to assess my chances before I dive in. Can anybody gibe me information on all my questions?