Thanks to our friend Tristan Copley Smith for mentioning OpenFarm in his talk at the 2014 Open Hardware Summit!
Introducing OpenFarm, a place where you can learn to farm or garden with community created Guides. After months of hard work from our volunteer team, we’re excited to show you what we’ve built! Today, January 18th, 2015, marks OpenFarm’s launch. Visit OpenFarm to contribute knowledge, explore, and learn!
Share your knowledge, create a Guide
Now, more than ever, OpenFarm needs you to share your knowledge by creating Growing Guides – structured stories describing how you grow a Crop based on your environmental conditions and favorite growing practices. Get started (requires an OpenFarm account)
OpenFarm is being developed by a group of software developers, business minds, designers, and community developers from all over the world. Want to get involved? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our code on GitHub.
A Special Thank You
Thank you to all of our Kickstarter backers! Without your early and continued support we would not be where we are today. Thank you for believing in our team and taking part in building a sustainable future. Cheers to the next chapter of OpenFarm!
We’ve come a long way since beginning to work on OpenFarm just a few months ago. We’ve built a team of business minds, web developers, and community managers; wrapped up the Kickstarter campaign; redesigned the Homepage, Growing Guides, and Guide Creation Flow; began openly publishing our finances; and talked with hundreds of people through surveys, our discussion forum, and via in-person interviews.
Today we’re excited to announce that OpenFarm will launch on January 18th, 2015! We still have a lot of work to do to make sure the site is working properly and has all the features we think we need for a minimally meaningful product; but we’re on track, excited, and have our heads in the game to accomplish this. Save the date for January 18th and be sure to check back with us. We’ll be all ears for your feedback, immensely appreciative of your support, and looking forward to being a part of this budding community with you.
Hello OpenFarm Backers!
As we wrap up this campaign and our community continues to grow, it is important for us to maintain communication in an efficient way. We will still send out updates regarding the digital badges and our project champion via Kickstarter, but eventually we will phase into using our non-kickstarter based email newsletter service for other announcements.
If you are interested in receiving updates about our development, please subscribe to our non-kickstarter based email newsletter service.
Listen to Matt Ward interview OpenFarm founder Rory Aronson in this episode of Art of the Kickstarter.
We just launched a Kickstarter campaign for OpenFarm, a free an open database for farming and gardening knowledge! OpenFarm came out of the need for FarmBot to access structured, detailed data for how to grow a plant in a specific environment with specific growing practices. We found that this data did not yet exist and figured the best way to obtain it was with a website where anyone could contribute the data, much like Wikipedia.
Check out the campaign video below, and help fund this project!