Center Farming Elective

Hackathon/Elective

The world is on a mission to create healthier, more engaging, and more efficient future food systems. In this Elective we built a fully functioning "Food Computer", designed by the MIT Media Lab Open Agriculture Initiative. The OpenAg Personal Food Computer is a tabletop-sized, controlled environment agriculture technology platform that uses robotic systems to control and monitor climate, energy, and plant growth inside of a specialized growing chamber. Climate variables such as carbon dioxide, air temperature, humidity, dissolved oxygen, potential hydrogen, electrical conductivity, and root-zone temperature are among the many conditions that can be controlled and monitored within the growing chamber to yield various phenotypic expressions in the plants. Experts from the World Food Program and the home gardening startup Plantura embedded this project into a global context and gave helpful insights into growing your own food.

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