FarmBot is an autonomous, open source coded farming robot that we are currently in the progress of installing at our local Hunger Task Force. This harvest season, everything it grows will be donated to senior citizens in need!
The beginning of FarmBot
In Fall of 2018, Round Table Robotics stumbled across the project FarmBot online. Immediately, we knew it was something we not only wanted to implement in our community but something we wanted to expand as well. So, we ordered the kit.
The location of FarmBot
Our next step was to find a place to put FarmBot that would effectively use it to help others. So, in the Spring of 2018 we contacted the local Hunger Task Force, an organization that our team often volunteers with, and secured a spot on their farm for FarmBot! Through this partnership, we learned much more about farming. Aditionally, everything we grow with FarmBot will be donated to senior citizens in need through the Hunger Task Force!
In June 2018, we secured sponsorship from Blue Ribbon Organics who donated all the soil we needed for FarmBot's garden! We are very excited and grateful for their partnership.
Installation of FarmBot's garden
After the location and source of soil was confirmed for FarmBot, we installed a wooden box at Hunger Task Force, and later filled it with soil! This will be FarmBot's garden.
August 2018 - May 2019
Receiving, building, moving, and programming FarmBot
We received FarmBot's kit in the mail in August 2018. That summer, we installed the rails to the side of the box, but unfortunately, the weather got in the way of finishing the project that season. Spring 2019, we picked back up right where we left off, and by May, FarmBot was fully built and programmed!
In June 2019, FarmBot planted its first seeds! It planted carrots, broccoli, lettuce, basil, spinach, and chard. It will now water and weed its garden this entire harvest season, and everything it grows will be donated to senior citizens in need!