Factor e Farm
|Factor e Farm|
|State or District||Missouri|
|Date of founding||2007/10/19|
|Flickr||https://secure.flickr.com/photos/open source ecology/|
Kansas City Area
Open Source Ecology (OSE) is a network of farmers, engineers and supporters, whose main goal is the eventual manufacturing of the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS). As described by Open Source Ecology "the GVCS is an open technological platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small civilization with modern comforts." "Open Source Ecology", Groups in Oberlin (Ohio), Pennsylvania, New York and California are developing blueprints, and building prototypes in order to pass them on to Missouri. The devices are built and tested on the Factor e Farm in rural Missouri.
Open Source Ecology is also developing in Europe as OSE Europe
Factor e Farm
The Factor e Farm is the main headquarters, where the machines are prototyped and tested. The farm itself also serves as a prototype. The residents grow their own food, collect rainwater, and produce all their electricity by solar panels. More information on Factor e Farm.
So far, twelve of the fifty machines have been designed, blueprinted, and prototyped, with four of those reaching the documentation stage.
Volunteering with Open Source Ecology
O come all ye Hackers, Makers and Engineers! There are three primary ways to volunteer with OSE:
- Remote Collaboration: We are in need of technical remote collaborators to perform product research, concept development, 3D design, graphics/video graphics. We are looking for subject matter experts, fabricators, technical writers, videographers, video editors, and voice over specialists. Many remote collaborators participate in Design Sprints, which are typically held on Saturdays.
- Dedicated Project Visit: Collaborators who are interested in coming to Factor e Farm in Maysville, Missouri to assist with designing, building and testing the 50 GVCS Machines can apply for a Dedicated Project Visit. Dedicated Project Visits are typically at least one month in duration, but shorter and longer time frames are acceptable. During the Dedicated Project Visit], Dedicated Project Visitors (DPVs) assist with the current development and testing initiatives, which are found in Product Development Schedule. However, on occasion, a DPV may request a Specialized Dedicated Project Visit where the DPV works on a GVCS product or OSE initiative that is not part of the Product Development Schedule.
- Work Day Volunteer: Work Days are an opportunity to volunteer with OSE at Factor e Farm. A Work Day volunteer may help for one day or multiple days of a project. Work Day activities include GVCS prototype buildouts and infrastructure development, maintenance, and improvement. See our Work Day(s) page for more information.
Please contact OSE's Technical Community Manager, Audrey, for more information about Remote Collaboration, Dedicated Project Visits or Work Days: TechCommunity@opensourceecology.org