General Concept of UFARM
UFARM is an app and complete set of tools to lower the physical and economic barriers to farming and gardening. Automating the feeding, watering, and environmental control we ease the process of successful plant growth. At the same time we can log data of production and costs. The accumulated data will aid the entire sector of urban and intensive farming by providing a clear picture of profits, costs, and use of resources to gain loans and investment for growth.
Microcomputers, such as the RaspberryPi, monitor, control, and route systems and data automatically through a network of sensors and nodes. Data is accumulated over a period of time. Users can then access and utilize the information through an app and web portal for scientific and economic purposes.
It is related to my robotics and farming work that I have been involved with separately. for the last decade. I have lead aerial robotic technologies and embedded systems research for the last several years. In the meantime, I have moved my family off grid almost five years ago. While growing our own food, we teach about creating local production and distribution systems in food deserts around my community and throughout the country.
We will be improving automation and robots through faster processors, superior code and integrated design. What separates UFARM is the accumulation and use of data to identify and quantify trends and correlations. Without this body of data, accessible financing will continue to elude the local farm movement. I have watched too many good people and good ideas go unfinanced because of this lack of empirical research. Like any other startup farming requires adequate front end financing to succeed. Without access to these resources, our food system and the crisis of child poverty will slip into further decay.UFARM is a positive step to food security and accessibility. Improving access to production research, lowering the barrier to successful production, and quantifying clear reductions in costs and resources will provide a foundation for future farmers and producers to grow.