A connected and distributed network of farms specially designed for farmers at home
Physical / Digital, 2017
Matt Visco, Esther Bretschneider
Simone Rebaudengo, Josh Noble, Bjorn Karmann
- How will the growing trend in artificial intelligence affect the future of farming?
- How will people’s relationship to food and farming change as a result?
- How can we create an alternative marketplace to big farms and supermarkets?
Faavi allows individuals to grow food from the comfort of their home and sell it online through a community-based marketplace. Using artificial intelligence, faavi analyses the price of a particular crop in real-time and lets the farmer decide the length of the grow. The variation in time changes the quality of the grow, putting forth the decision to maximize profit or the quality on the farmer.
To understand the context at various scales, we visited ØsterGRO (an urban farm), Rokkedysse Strawberry Farm (a large scale farm), Fuglebjerggard (family run organic farm) and a ten hectare wheat farm run by an diligent man named Paul, in Copenhagen.
Our learnings from the visits were validated by our in-depth desk research where we found that the agriculture business is bigger than ever. The industry is rife with technological innovations and increasing automation. Small, independent farms, in contrast, are on the decline as they struggle financially to stay afloat.
Insights and speculations
While big industry farms are an essential part to sustaining a population of more than 7 billion people, we also found a growing trend in organic urban farms springing up around the world.
There is an increasing curiosity about where our food comes from, how it's produced and how to do so in an ethical and sustainable way.
Urban farming is one answer to this growing concern, but doesn't scale well. On the flip side, automated vertical farms are emerging as a viable solution to the question of scaled urban farming, but aren't accessible to individual growers.
The next step
Faavi, with its community-based marketplace, fills this gap in-between; an automated, intelligent farm for the home, and a companion app that facilitates the buying and selling of produce within the community.
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What makes faavi different?
How it works
Plan the grow
Farmers choose how long they want to incubate their seeds for, based on the AI’s predictions of quality and price on the faavi stock market
Using artificial intelligence, the farm will automate processes such as managing water supply, humidity, light, temperature and fertiliser dispension
Harvest & sell
When the set time elapses, the farmer harvests the crops and sell them on the faavi network using a companion app that reaches out to the local neighbourhood