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Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters that for the last two years has been creating the Global Village Construction Set, an open source, low-cost, high performance technological platform that allows for the easy, DIY fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts. The GVCS lowers the barriers to entry into farming, building, and manufacturing and can be seen as a life-size lego-like set of modular tools that can create entire economies, whether in rural Missouri, where the project was founded, in urban redevelopment, or in the heart of Africa.
Click here to view a short video about this intriguing project that is developing do-it-yourself versions of 50 essential machines for civilization, many of which are agriculture-oriented.
Microtractor: a small, 18 hp version of the full-sized tractor for powering a wide range of implements in agriculture and utility duties.