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The Do-It-Yourself community has a new popular category; build your own farm equipment.

It’s called Open Source Ecology, and according to the website, it is a

“network of farmers, engineers, and supporters that for the last two years has been creating the Global Village Construction Set…”.

Though it began two years ago, the open source project has recently begun receiving widespread popularity and acclaim. In essence, the group’s goal is to make available blueprints and designs for various farm equipment, buildings, tools, and more for the general public to get involved in self-sustainability. And in any case, it’s a great way to plan for the apocalypse.

The Global Village Construction Set currently allows for the building of 50 industrial machines, such as a 3D printer, aluminum wind turbine, CNC Mill, Electric Generator, and much more. With these set of machines, anyone could create a bubble of sustainable prosperity.

Their open licensing structure lets anyone copy blueprints on the site’s wiki page for use on their homestead, farm, and even apartment buildings. According to the Shuttleworth Foundation, who funded the Open Source Ecology project, “Openly licensing allows others to replicate, reuse, adapt, improve, adopt, bring to scale, write about, talk about, remix, translate, digitize, redistribute, and build upon what we’ve done.”

For those just getting into the DIY business, check out their civilization starter kit available on the wiki page. It’s a DVD that contains the plans for 4 of the 50 possible machines you can build yourself. It’s a great first step for those foraying into the world of independent living. This starter kit can also complement the instructions found on our Living Off The Grid story.

The Open Source Ecology project is an admirable attempt at making it even easier for average folks to get their hands on affordable machinery. A recent invention by the OSE team is the LifeTrac tractor; a vehicle capable of accomplishing just about everything needed to run a farm.


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