Indiana Small Farms Conference

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Indiana Small Farms Conference Outline


I am a builder and designer, not a farmer, so I’m not here to teach you how to better raise livestock or how to market your produce...but our worlds have lot of overlap I love FarmShow paper - looking through it is a pleasure that my father has shared with me I work with small farmers as a building consultant or designer - sometimes informally, like I’ve been bartering design services with Salem at Bread and Roses, and I have been a consultant and helped manage projects for Peter Bane and Keith Johnson. More recently, I’ve been working with Robert and Juan Carlos on their building design I also own twenty acres down in the hills of southern Indiana, where I intend to add to my building experiments with a agricultural experiments as well - so I am here to learn today, too. but it’s not surprise that with my unusual design/build background and my appreciation and kindred feeling towards people who create machines (and my love of legos and erector sets) that I now work for Open Source Ecology (OSE.)

What is Open Source Ecology


The mission of Open Source Ecology (OSE) is to create the open source economy. To get there, OSE is currently developing a set of open source blueprints for the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) - a set of the 50 most important machines that it takes for modern life to exist - everything from a tractor, to an oven, to a circuit maker. In the process of creating the GVCS, OSE intends to develop a modular, scalable platform for documenting and developing open source, libre hardware - including blueprints for both physical artifacts and for related open enterprises. The current practical implementation of the GVCS is a life size LEGO set of powerful, self-replicating production tools for distributed production. The Set includes fabrication and automated machines that make other machines. Through the GVCS, OSE intends to build not individual machines - but machine construction systems that can be used to build any machine whatsoever. Because new machines can be built from existing machines, the GVCS is intended to be a kernel for building infrastructures of modern civilization.

(Use Marcin's Prezi off-and-on throughout presentation to show videos like TED talk and Open Source Philosophy.)

Marcin's Prezi


TED talk

Marcin introduced the Global Village Construction Set in the video and showed some of the components that had been created back in 2011 when the TED talk was given. Now, here is the present state of the GVCS.

The Global Village Construction Set show bar graph of work completed on machines show cost analysis

(continue with Prezi to show replications)

Documentation Platforms

Rigorous documentation is essential to create an open development process, and we have learned some hard lessons on the way to developing our real-time, cloud-embedded documentation process trovebox,asc dozuki (is dozuki open source?)

OSE Timeline Reinventing the Barn raising How did I get involved in OSE? Unusual career path of fringe projects MicroHouse Using open source machines to create a shelter reinventing the barn-raising 2014 Plan

Open Community

OSE is not the only group working on open source farm equipment Farm Hack