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Farmgram SLO

Local CSAs are a great way to eat healthy, support local farmers, and renew a connection with the land. However, what happens if you run out of ideas for all of those veggies? Often times, too many pieces of produce end up rotting in the compost bin because you either have no clue what to do with them, or cannot bear to look at the same ingredient for the third week in a row.

Farmgram San Luis Obispo is a project designed to deliver fresh food from the county as well as provide ideas and directions on how to use them. Each box follows a theme, such as the “breakfast box”, “juicing box”, or “meals with friends box”. In addition to vegetables and value-added items such as eggs, nuts, honey, or bread, the Farmgram comes with a chef’s recipe, starter kits for projects, and discount coupons. The canvas boxes are delivered directly to the home or office, making grocery shopping a breeze. Buying a Farmgram also helps those in need with funds each box sold used to donate fresh produce to hungry families in San Luis Obispo.

The project was started as a collaboration between three 5th year Seniors at Cal Poly. The trio hopes to encourage customers to learn new ways to enjoy the agricultural heritage of their homes, bolster local businesses, and promote food culture across the county. The Farmgram project is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, and is looking for donations to get off the ground! A pledge of $35 will secure you the first pre-order box. Contribute now to go on a culinary adventure that is good for the body, community, and creative spirit!

Nowadays, if you have a smartphone and a thumb with the slightest hint of green, you can wire your garden to produce high yields, monitor conditions, and even remind you when to water and fertilize. There are a whole host of new gadgets, applications, and technologies that can help create the perfect backyard farm, regardless of size or skill level.

HarvestGeek- Automate your entire setup with HarvestGeek, a web based application that allows you to not only keep track of soil, water, air, and temperature conditions, but also automate equipment like watering timers, fans, and lamps to switch on and off. Designed by Mike Alt, the HarvestGeek uses the HarvestBot sensors to keep tabs your plants and alert you via social media, email, or smartphone when adjustments need to be made to create the highest yields possible. The HarvestGeek platform also allows users to talk to other gardeners, sharing tips and methods as well as aggregating data that can be used to predict when to plant and when to harvest.

Flower Power- Enabled by Bluetooth, the Flower Power  by Parrot is a twig-shaped sensor that you can stick directly into the soil. It keeps an eye on moisture, sunlight,, humidity, temperature, and fertilizer levels. The corresponding application holds the optimal growing conditions for over 6,000 plants, and will send you reminders on your smartphone when it is time to give your plant a little TLC. It is powered by a simple AAA battery that remains charged for 6 months.

Future Tech  Farm- For those with restricted space, Future Tech Farm takes advantage of limited areas with their modular gardens. The small, aquaponic grow systems are connected to the internet, and once they fill the units with water, fish, and plants, they can plug them in and watch them flourish. Participants can track all of their info online, and compare with a community of other techies.

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