This fall we will be installing a Farmbot Express XL which is an open source gantry robot for gardening.Continue reading
In the 5 years since we last posted anything, we’ve bought a small house near to where we were renting, and added two children, chickens, a 4-H club, another cat, and a minivan to our lives. Our new space has plenty of backyard space which is divided into the east side and west side by a deck. The west side was almost entirely lawn when we moved in and the east side had raised, irrigated beds which we promptly planted with enough food that we had to cancel our weekly farm box. Unfortunately, pregnancy and new jobs (paid and unpaid) resulted in a lack of time for the garden and it has been taken over by weeds. We’re finally getting back on the horse and have been working on both projects and refining our vision for our future.
We want to develop and live on a sustainable, biodiverse farm easily accessible to residents of Livermore and the surrounding area. We would pursue carbon sequestration via restorative agriculture, intensive farming enabled by automation and agrobotics, and community supported agriculture. Our farm would be a place for ecotourism, agroecology education, and demonstrating and testing strategies for growing food in a changing climate.Continue reading
We will be using educational drones as part of an upcoming 4-H project on agricultural robots. It’s a low cost Parrot Mambo drone which doesn’t have a very good camera but it’s good enough to illustrate the concept and has a block programming interface.
These are some “before” images ahead of our plans to get land back into production shape this fall.
from our little tree and they taste pretty good. The year we moved in to our rental property, we only got 3 pale, tasteless oranges. The year after when we had done some pruning and watered the tree over the summer, we got a half dozen. This year we topped the tree, gave it citrus food and watered regularly. It seems to be working. It also is now growing more blossoms than years past.
When we set out on a project, we jointly come up with a crazy goal, and then I come up with a crazy design which my husband then builds. It works for us. Our current goal for our living space is an affordable, off-grid, low-ecological impact, creature comforts machine. Eventually, we’d like to build our house. We’re hoping to do that in 5-7 years, after we have saved the capital and learned as much as we can about off-grid, low-impact, homestead living. In the meantime, we rent. I’ve been chewing away at the best design for our space. The house we rent is a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom 1200 sqft 1960s house with an attached 468 sqft garage on a 6000 sqft lot. We are allowed to do some things like paint and garden, but anything we do should be possible to undo unless we check it with our landlord first (getting rid of the lawn is out, sadly). Continue reading
To build our garden seedlings benches, we needed to get a bunch of 2x4s and some corrugated roofing with only our Prius to transport them. Continue reading
Enrique Peñalosa speaking at TED on the future of cities and the importance human beings over cars.
Looks like this is the place in the bay area for cargo bikes and bike trucks. We’ll be checking it out soon. Blue Heron Bikes in Berkeley