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Farm, greenhouse, fishes and the like

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:31 pm
by Phil51
Well, hello Vaughn y Brian. I keep hypnotized by the Open Source concept, so a huge thank you and plentiful admiration.
Since in your site you mentions farming, I've no shame to state what I intend to use OSA for:
Automation for a Biodynamic Integrated Farm. Third of the dynasty.
There is no more than integration of fishes, veggies, poultry and mammals of manageable size & weight.
Yes! there is much of Aquaponics with both aerobics and anaerobic ecosystems, up to the gases are integrated.
Everything is taking place in Bolivia well above 10 000 feet. The team is truly international as the finance comes from a boy from Boston, the mad one is French (me) and we are surrounded by Germans, Canadians and lovely Bolivian spouses and girlfriends. Well, we are all very happy and full of expectative.
So far Phidgets seams a good hardware choice, but still open to suggestions. Water circulation and quality is a must (Ph has a PH/ORP sensor which is strategic to the system). Otherwise is a "Home" far more complicated that yours or mine.
You can count on me to visit your PayPal account when everything is defined.

I shall gladely upload pictures and answer questions, should any interest arises.

Kind regards, Phil

Re: Farm, greenhouse, fishes and the like

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 2:24 pm
by bwoodworth
Welcome! That sounds like a wonderful project you have going. It would be pretty awesome to have OSA automating something like that. The reason we didn't name our project Open Source Home Automation is because we don't see it as something that can only be used for a home, but rather anything that can be monitored or automated. We have always envisioned OSA being implemented for something a little more grand than just the home so this project of yours is pretty exciting. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have as you begin using OSA. You will find a great community here willing to help.

Re: Farm, greenhouse, fishes and the like

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:44 pm
by Datahead
Welcome to the forum... Your project sounds extremely interesting. I look forward to seeing how you use OSA for your project as speaking for myself I have somewhat of a green thumb and have often thought about using OSA to automate my garden. It sounds like your project is well beyond just doing that though so I have to admit I am very curious about your project and how you will interface with OSA as it develops.

As Brian said we are a friendly bunch here and are always willing to help each other out. I think you will find as time goes by that when it comes to OSA and interfacing to the system, it is strictly dependent on your imagination. Best regards and I look forward to watching your project grow.


Re: Farm, greenhouse, fishes and the like

Posted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:59 am
by Phil51
Thanks for the warm welcome.
Here are a few pictures of the #2. ... directlink
The #3, now under conception is huge on 4 acres with a school and reproduction for Trouts, Carps and Tilapias, these part will be fully automated as the temperature ranges must be precise.

The anaerobic part will have a biodigestor and will serve some hydroponics, wicking beds and fruit trees.
OSA should be hooked to data monitoring hardware and water circulation (pumps) automation, to start with.
In other lifes I was an aviator and worked a lot upon telecommunication network monitoring systems, I am familiar with meta datas and meta models.


Re: Farm, greenhouse, fishes and the like

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:28 pm
by Datahead
I enjoyed your pictures of your project. I have a large Koi Pond in my back yard that I may use some of your interface designs with. Such as PH levels and the like. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. If you need any help please do not hesitate to ask.


Re: Farm, greenhouse, fishes and the like

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:45 am
by rugbprop
I am new to this forum and in reading, I am interested in doing the same thing you are. If you are still in this please contact me so we can talk. I'm in the US and I think you're in Bolivia (great excuse to travel to Bolivia, even though I really don't need a reason, Ha! Ha!). Send me a message back please. Thanks!

Re: Farm, greenhouse, fishes and the like

Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:08 am
by Phil51
Hello All and specially Datahead.

3 years already....Well I decided to leave Bolivia where I did achieve something but most of all I learnt that poverty is not a fate but a consequence and met my wonderful wife, Claudia. It was all worth it.

Then I flew to Colombia, stood 7 months and another 7 months in Ecuador, a couple of trips to Vegas and Atlanta. Now I'm back in Colombia in the Medellin region, since 1 year, which I choose to burn my suitcases and build my own farm.

A month ago, before starting other projects, I bought a Raspberry pi and discovered that I wouldn't learn more of programming, did like Linux on the pi and x86 but not convinced by Win 10, both big and IOT (weird name no?).

I was quite pleased to see that opensourceautomation is very heathy, hope it's the same for the team. Now automating and monitoring my stuff is no more a desire but a necessity with second level priority, first one being the production of thousands strawberry plants, tons (metric) of Trouts and Tilapias. The region is at about 2000 meters and the water temp is neither good for Trouts or Tilapias, Strawberries are fine perspiring in greenhouses. So I put heat pumps to regulate the temps.

Which sensors do I need ? : Water levels, water temps, PH, Nitrates (NO3), Ammonia (NH4+, NH3), sadely I couldn't find an ISE sensor for the Nitrite (NO2) which can be a real concern.

Apparently Phidgets are imported and whether I use the pi or not is not important. I could arrange some remote shopping in the US if I'm certain that what I buy is what is needed.

By the way, Medellin is mountains and the internet is very scarce for the farmers....Internet Of Nothing....So those fancy dashboards in the cloud will remain in the atmosphere, at least for us.

So Gentlemen be kind enough to come up with a piece of advise on how I should proceed. No objection in writing some VB code, glad to share my findings and ready to ask for some custom plugin, if necessary.

Kind regards,