DesignPrinciples

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General Concept

The goal of the Starter Kit is to motivate people to start growing vegetables. It consists of a small greenhouse equiped with a camera and sensor that connect to the P2P Food Lab portal. See how your vegetables grow, online! The kit allows to us to share information and know-how about growing vegetables. When we're doing it together, gardening can become a fun and productive activity even for beginners.

A small greenhouse will (probably) not provide enough food for the whole family (we'd love to learn how much you can produce with it, though!). The activity opens up a new perspective on many food related issues: local production, biological farming, food/knowledge/technology sharing, waste management, and so on. Besides, the pleasures of picking your own-grown vegetables make up the efforts (the cullyflower on my terrace just came out! very exciting, yes yes!).


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The P2P Food Lab Starter Kit consists of a small greenhouse equiped with a camera and sensor that connect to the P2P Food Lab portal.

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All peers are connected. As more and more people participate, you can exchange data and learn from each other.

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As P2P Food Lab evolves, we will includes many other tools to help grow & share food, and organise & expand the food production chain.

General guidelines

  1. Division of control; not hierarchies or large structures.
  2. use ICT tools to optimise organisation/communication/logistics
  3. Can be accesible / understandable by (mostly) everybody

Greenhouse design principles

  1. Free, as in Free Software.
  2. DIY: Participants should be able to build the reference design of the greenhouse themselves. This doesn't mean that it not allowed, in certain versions, to use high-end or manufactured elements. However, there must a standard design that is the base-line design for everyone and that can be built by anyone.
  3. No energy input: All the energy needed to run the electronics should be provided by the greenhouse.
  4. Bio-sourced and biodegradable: all components should come from natural processes and should be able to be composted. This is still problematic for the electronics and the plastic cover. Use rain water. Use local soil and compost.
  5. Bio (1): Strive to use existing biological solution instead of "engineered" solutions.
  6. Bio (2): all vegetables should be grown biologically.
  7. Cost effective: In other words: inexpensive.

Sensors

Minimum data sets

  • internal temperature
  • internal humidity
  • external temperature
  • external humidity
  • luminosity
  • soil humidity

Actuators

  • Watering system

Evaluation criteria

  • cost
  • time to build / skill level
  • carbon footprint
  • bio-sourced
  • bio-degradable
  • Energy IO
  • Modularity/extendability/adaptability
  • Documentation