Factor e Farm General Guidelines

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Last updated August 18, 2012

These are Factor e Farm rules of conduct. Note that these rules are in place and relevant not only for assuring the safety, comfort, and consideration of others in a 'living laboratory environment' - but also to address the high visibility and standards-setting role of the project.


  • Because people are unique and have different needs, every participant is evaluated as an individual. A specific participation contract is signed for each person.
  • On publishing of results: If it's not on the Wiki, it doesn't exist.

Participants are required to:

  • Follow the Ubuntu-OSE Code of Conduct
  • Follow the Social Contract
  • Follow the 7 Areas of Respect
  • Follow the OSE Conflict Resolution process
  • Sign the Liability Release Waiver
  • Follow the Open IP Clause
  • Engage only in activities clearly defined for them in their participation contract as their areas of responsibility.
  • Tools shall not be left outside or on the ground for reasons of rain, corrosion, and safety. They shall be replaced in their designated areas after every day of work, consistent with 5S Methodology.
  • Participants are encouraged to take initiative on making FeF a better place to live. However, if that initiative is not part of their participation agreement or takes resources from Factor e Farm, they are required to consult the corresponding individual in authority.
    • Consult with Farm Director for any planting, digging, or other agricultural activity
    • Consult Construction Director for any proposed activity, needs, or requests related to the utility/housing/workshop infrastructure or the built environment
    • Consult Workshop Manager regarding any proposed activity, needs, or requests related to the fabrication/production infrastructure
    • If the activity is not within the authority of the three above, consult with the Executive Director
  • Follow applicable laws, especially natural law.

Working Environment

  1. Anyone working in the workshop must follow Workshop Guidelines
  2. Factor e Farm is a complex facility with systems, machines, and interactions between systems that may be different than standards that one is used to. There is a large number of experiments and projects going on at the same time. Visitors and members of FeF are not allowed to tamper with any project that is not their own, or any project that they are not fully informed about.
  3. There shall be absolutely no drinking of alcoholic beverages during working hours and especially when power tools are to be used.
  4. As a matter of LIFE and SAFETY, alcohol, drugs, and all controlled substances are strictly forbidden in the workshop and during any construction or agriculture tasks. This should be obvious when power tools and machines are being used - but it also applies to any working environment where there are risks associated with moving, heavy, or falling objects.
  5. If you see a need for a certain improvement, you may consult with an appropriate person (site manager, workshop manager, construction manager, farm manager) to request an improvement. You may then help in making that improvement.
  6. Workshop: Only authorized people are allowed in the workshop for reasons of safety. Children and individuals lacking a basic level of body awareness, or otherwise unfit to be present in a workshop, are not allowed.
  7. You are not allowed to fix, use, or tamper with any of the systems, machines, or infrastructures unless you are pairing with an individual in authority or unless you are explicitly authorized to do so.
  8. You are not allowed to use any tool, powered or not, unless specifically trained to do so by the corresponding authority. Authorizations are listed at Authorized Tool Users List.
  9. Hard hats, eye protection, and steel-toed shoes are required at all times when the workshop is being used for fabrication and prototyping.
  10. Only approved gloves are allowed during drilling, milling, and lathing operations on the existing precision machining equipment.
  11. Familiarize yourself with the location of the fire extinguisher and emergency aid kit in the workshop.
  12. A typical working day involves a Scrum session from Noon to 6 PM every day in the workshop, where everyone is expected to work together and to cross-train. Everyone, including Farmers and Builders, are expected to join the daily Standup to report on their work: work done yesterday, work planned for today, and blocks encountered.
  13. The workshop has twelve 16x16 foot bays, and suggested maximum capacity is 12 fabricators and 12 assistants working at the same time, plus Documenters, Designers, CAD people, and Flash Mob Managers.
  14. Factor e Farm combines both a living, working, and experimental environment.
  15. The Farm Manger is responsible for managing all aspects of the agricultural, food production, erosion control, forestry, and animal husbandry operations. The Workshop Manager assures the smooth operation of the workshop. The Construction Manager is responsible for all improvements and construction made on the property.
  16. You are allowed to use workshop materials or supplies only with permission, and you are allowed to use tools or machines only with permission of the individual in authority, and only after you have received proper training.
  17. One should clean up work areas after each day of work. Tools should be put back at the end of every work day.
  18. Noise in the workshop may be intense, so please do not cause any more than is necessary. The workshop may be broadcast live. Tele-conferencing, flash mobs, plus phone conversations are expected to become common during working hours. Due to the existing noise levels, the need for remote collaboration, and the diverse backgrounds of people in the workshop, broadcasting of music is not allowed. Because of the need for safety, earphones and mp3 players are not allowed (except as below), as individuals have to both communicate with one another and need to respond to sounds in potential cases of danger. While broadcasting of music is never allowed, if you still insist on listening to music in the workshop, you may do so with the use of earphones, if and only if you've signed the Liability Release Waiver with explicit acknowledgment of releasing OSE from any responsibility to accidents caused due to your listening to music. This applies at all times in the workshop (whether or not there is ongoing machining activity).

Resource Conservation

  1. We are off-grid, so energy conservation is important, and the participant agrees to turn off lights and computers whenever not in use. In case of controversy regarding energy use, participant agrees to have their energy consumption measured with a Killawatt meter.
  2. Desktop computers are not allowed on site due to their high energy consumption.
  3. Second monitors are not allowed for laptops unless specifically agreed to otherwise in the participant's contract.
  4. If listening to music at any time, participants may only use low energy devices (less than 1 watt) such as MP3 players or smart phones. Laptops or netbooks may not be used solely for the purpose of listening to music unless the computer is being used for other work.
  5. Use LED lighting whenever possible, both for personal and facility lighting.
  6. No incandescent light bulbs are allowed on site; fluorescent light bulbs or LEDs only.
  7. Water-saving showerheads are to be used in the bathrooms.
  8. Participants are highly encouraged to use the composting toilet to conserve flush water.Composting toilets need to be emptied at regular intervals into designated composting areas.
  9. Participants are encouraged to use the bidet for reasons of hygiene and to conserve ass-wipe.
  10. Participants are encouraged to use washable cloths instead of paper-towels.
  11. Participants are encouraged to use reusable shopping bags instead of plastic bags.
  12. Do not use any materials or supplies without checking with the proper individual or authority.
  13. Do not use anti-septic soap or or pour any other anti-microbial substances in any of the water systems in order to keep the septic tank biota alive.
  14. Any organic waste shall be put into the composting bin.
  15. Recyclables are to be separated into plastic, glass, aluminum, and metal cans in the Recycling Center, to be taken to local recycling once 55 gallon drums are filled up. Paper is to be recycled in the compost pile or incinerated.
  16. No plastic utensils or dishes are allowed on premises for reasons of waste minimization.

Living Environment

  1. All members and visitors staying on site are required to be respectful of other's lifestyle and privacy.
  2. You are required to clean up after yourself in the kitchen.
  3. Smoking is not encouraged, and it shall occur only outside - in designated areas. Designated areas means 100 feet away from any living and working structures, in a location where prevailing wind direction does not blow smoke back into populated areas. Absolutely no smoking any in indoor space - private or public - especially in the workshop. Further, smokers are encouraged to invest in electronic cigarettes, which are non-offensive to non-smokers, and are further encouraged to seek support to help quit smoking.
  4. There shall be no carrying around of alcoholic beverages in bottles or cans - where visible to outside passersby. There shall be no intoxication on premises.
  5. Illegal drugs are not allowed on premises.
  6. Do not take other people's food or things without their explicit permission.
  7. Excessive profanity should not be used on premises.
  8. In general, we want to keep a family-friendly environment on site and an acceptable image to the surrounding community.
  9. Whenever in the local town, participants should behave themselves, responsibly and not create a negative image for Factor e Farm by poor behavior. Everyone knows us within a 20 mile radius.


  1. All members and visitors staying on site are required to be respectful of other's lifestyle and privacy.
  2. Factor e Farm can be an intense environment. Please be respectful of others' needs for privacy, such as the need of others to be left alone.
  3. HabLab offer privacy and freedom from the bustle of everyday work, and this space should be respected as a quiet space after 11 PM and before 9 AM. On the other hand, the workshop area is a known space of bustle and activity, so do not expect to find quiet there from Noon to 7 PM. During final sprints, the workshop may be active 24/7. When up in the workshop at night or using heavy machinery at nigth, please consider if that disturbs anyone's sleep.
  4. Members may put up Do Not Disturb signs on their doors, and these signs shall be respected.
  5. No loud music or obnoxious behavior is allowed.

5S Methodology

  1. One should have pride in the facility and aim to keep it as clean and orderly as possible.
  2. 5S Methodology is to be utilized on premises, and especially in the workshop.
  3. After every day of work, clean up after yourself and put away all tools. Do not leave any tools outside because of flash rains, which are common in MO.
  4. One should keep kitchen, restroom, shower, sink, and other common facilities as clean as possible, and should strive to leave a place cleaner than it was found. Microtrash needs to be picked up.
  5. When something is moved or used, it should be put back to where it was found or cleaned up.
  6. Farm objects should be stowed in their respective locations, such as in our Recycling Center or in storage areas. Storage areas are designated by the Site Manager.

Violators may be disciplined accordingly. First time warning applies, and repeat offenders may be expelled from the facility.

Rules are subject to change without notice.