cropped-logo_transparent.pngOur pur­pose is to devel­op a suite of tools that will allow peo­ple to grow a vari­ety of food in diverse envi­ron­ments. Our pri­ma­ry focus is on build­ing intel­li­gent automa­tion for hydro­pon­ics and aquapon­ics. Imag­ine sys­tems in your garage, base­ment or local com­mu­ni­ty cen­ter that can churn out straw­ber­ries and kale, year-round with min­i­mal exper­tise, expense and effort. That’s what we’re shoot­ing for. In a nutshell:

Zero-foot­print Autonomous Food Production

How­ev­er, peo­ple live in diverse loca­tions and are faced with dif­fer­ent resource con­straints. For instance, access to clean water could be a chal­lenge in Ghana where­as access to ener­gy could be a chal­lenge in Green­land. So along­side the automa­tion plat­form, we’re also devel­op­ing equip­ment to help peo­ple over­come those chal­lenges. The mul­ti-stage water fil­ter and the solar ther­mal air heater are results of this effort.

A Simple Hydroponic Raft

Grow Organ­ic Food Eas­i­ly and Inex­pen­sive­ly The HAPI project has released a video demon­strat­ing the pri­ma­ry com­po­nents and oper­a­tion of a sim­ple hydro­pon­ic raft. The sys­tem is extreme­ly low-tech. It uses a sin­gleRead More…

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New Arduino Code Released

The lat­est arduino code has been post­ed to github. This rep­re­sents v2.1 of the firmware for the sen­sor and con­trol lay­er of the HAPI plat­form. Learn more… The HAPI stack con­sists ofRead More…

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HAPI Re-Engineered

The last post on this site regard­ing the HAPI tech­nol­o­gy stack, announc­ing the 2.0 firmware alpha release, was near­ly a year and a half ago. It hint­ed at good things to come. Short­lyRead More…

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New HAPI System Overview

We just knocked out a new block dia­gram that rep­re­sents the soon-to-be-released, re-engi­neered v1.0 HAPI sys­tem. It is locat­ed under the What We Do -> HAPI Tech­ni­cal Overview menu.

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Taste & Appearance in Produce Choice

by Alli­son Schultz Have you ever had a bite of crispy red bell pep­per that tast­ed like water? Or a straw­ber­ry that tast­ed more like dirt than sum­mer sun­shine? Maybe it wasRead More…

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Cleaning Raw Produce

by Alli­son Schultz As sum­mer comes to a close and the sea­son­al har­vest of veg­eta­bles peaks its good to remem­ber a few basic hygiene steps to keep in mind.  Before bit­ing intoRead More…

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Power 4 Detroit

Last win­ter we start­ed a replic­a­ble, clean ener­gy ini­tia­tive by build­ing a small solar pan­el for a hoop house at the Michi­gan Urban Farm­ing Ini­tia­tive (MUFI). Now we look to prove out scal­a­bil­i­ty.Read More…

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hapi to Host Urban Agriculture Classes at CIF

The hapi Pro­gram will be offer­ing urban agri­cul­ture class­es this spring at the Colum­bus Idea Foundry. The Urban Agri­cul­ture Series with HAPI will include 5 class­es that togeth­er span hydro­pon­ic food pro­duc­tion, waste-streamRead More…

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hapi v2.0 Firmware Released For Testing

The hapi pro­gram is announc­ing the v2.0 Alpha release of its core automa­tion firmware code. The release brings a real-world capa­ble plat­form that boasts flex­i­bil­i­ty and scal­a­bil­i­ty. “This release will pro­vide extend­ed capa­bil­i­ties to urbanRead More…

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hapi Selected to Present at Columbus SOUP

Win­ter ’14 SOUP: Crowd­fund­ing Local Food From the Grass­Roots Up The hapi project has been select­ed to present at the upcom­ing grass­roots crowd­fund­ing event, Win­ter ’14 SOUP. Colum­bus SOUP cre­ates dynam­ic and demo­c­ra­t­icRead More…

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HAPI (Hydro­ponic Automa­tion Plat­form Ini­tia­tive) is an open-source project of Maya Cul­pa, LLC.

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