With all the brilliance of technology nowadays, it’s no wonder the invention of organic gardening, on autopilot, is now capable of becoming the ‘norm’. Developed by a small team of three (Rick, Rory, and Tim), FarmBot has grown exponentially as pre-orders for this device skyrocket.
The blueprints for the Farmbot device are available as a free download, for anyone to acquire and try their hand at building the device on their own (and even make customized tweaks to it) or, pre-made Farmbot kits are available for those who’d like to build the device with everything required for its construction already included.
The blueprints and assembly instructions to build the device on your own is offered for free due to the project being open-source. However, when buying the kit, you’ll save a lot of time trying to find the necessary parts needed, as well as a guarantee backed by the company that you’ll receive a complete product with all the necessary components needed for it to function properly.
However, some features are yet sold separately such as those who seek customization in the form of solar panels, raised garden beds, lights to harvest produce at night, as well as a garden hose and extension cord to connect the device to grid power and municipal water.
Once built and set up, however, Farmbot is completely customizable in terms of how you want your garden and plants to be grown! The device can be accessed with a phone app that can easily program where exactly you want your produce planted, how much water your crops need, and can even be set to a weekly or monthly schedule – more or less becoming a garden on autopilot!
The kit comes complete with everything needed, from the frame and support structures to all the tools used for it to inject seeds, pluck out weeds, and spray water.
As for the cost, fruits and vegetables grown with the Farmbot device are estimated to be significantly less expensive than their alternative source found within grocery stores. A return on investment is likely to be anywhere between three and five years.
Farmbot does not take up a lot of space, it can be placed in a small, quaint backyard of an apartment building, used on a sturdy balcony that gets ample sunlight, or even on top of a rural building in the middle of the city. What better way to grow your own food, without having to worry about mistreating your precious green produce via neglect!?
The Farmbot can even be used off-grid by using small solar power and rain collection systems.
If looking to venture into the realm of growing your own food, especially if looking to avoid conventional produce or GMOs, consider the Farmbot! Hydroponic gardening and aquaponics gardening is also a great way to experiment with being more self-sufficient. More power to you! ♥
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