Automation and remote monitoring of an outdoor growing system using open source internet connected system and sensors.
The objectives of this workshop is to explore the use of digital technologies on on non-traditional farming methods (hydroponics and aquaponics) by using open source microcontrollers and ensor technology to build a small scale working and ‘connected’ device.
- Overview of modern agricultural systems (aquponics, vertical, hydroponic).
- Understanding the role of CEA within a food production system.
- Understanding of how to build an internet connected devices to measure and control a growing environment (sensors, controllers, open source technologies, basic electronics)
- Understanding of how to create a dashboard for reporting and tracking purposes (using openly accessible platforms)
- Hands on experience with C library programming for the Arduino set of microcontrollers
Consideration for future expansion and enhancements of the workshop systems
Useful background material for review prior to workshop
PDF Downloads and news articles
Video content – growing systems
Video content – technology and agriculture
Bill of materials
This is the list of materials you will be using to take part in the workshop
You will be required to bring your own PC/Laptop and power supply. A mouse is recommended together with a mousemat.
Code base and Wiki pages
Libraries required (minimum)
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COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS WORKING WITH UAL
A collaborative project between Green Lab, Digital Maker Collective and students from Chelsea College of Art.
For this project the Green Lab team took 13 students from MA Industrial Design, Central Saint Martins through an explorative brief with a focus on algae and the potential this material holds for a more sustainable future.
GREEN LAB DEVELOPED OPEN SOURCE RECIPES
Orange Peel, Banana Peel & Tea Leaves Recipes
MATERIAL RESEARCH RESIDENCY PROJECTS:
How to make mycelium products by Valentina Dipietro
Open source robot arm to extrude organics by Andreea Bunica
Kombucha Leather Material by Riina Oun
Composite materials from food waste & algae by Midushi Kochhar
We have a range of growing equipment for use at the lab. You can hire out grow trays, movable racking and lighting for periods of time to minimise your costs to get growing. We also have a lighting engineer that can help to build custom lighting for specific projects such as our greenhouse.
T5 Strip lights (x10)
LED Red lights (x2)
1m Grow trays (x10)
3 Moveable racks (stainless steel)
Palmar greenhouse (6×4)
2 x IBC (1000ltr) and 4 x IBC (300ltr)
Aponic vertical wall (12 towers)
Aquapioneers aquaponic kit
The Green Lab library is a growing collection of books from farming and foraging to fermenting and cooking. There’s guides from utilising what nature has to offer from land to sea and sustainable practice. The books can be used within Green Lab.
Our electronics bench is equipped with the basic necessities for making your own electronic components and is available for use by lab residents that have some experience using the equipment. The bench is available as bookable time slots.
Rapid DC Power Supply
De-solder heat gun
Light and Magnifier
Clamp and Magnifier
George Haworth here, we needed a few more of these eyelet connectors for the Palram Harmony 6X4 Polycarbonate Greenhouse:
So I 3D printed a batch on the Ultimaker2Go:
Here are the Rhinoceros (.3dm) and .stl files (I have included a reproduction of the original connector plus a version with the eyelet rotated by 90 degrees):