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.

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.

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 of 3 lay­ers: hard­ware, site con­trol and ana­lyt­ics. The three are being released in a phased approach, with site con­trol soft­ware tar­get­ed for release… 

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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. Short­ly there­after, the HAPI project start­ed los­ing steam. I won’t go into details but suf­fice it to say that tech­ni­cal devel­op­ment had slowed to… 

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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 was a peach that looked sym­met­ri­cal and bright yel­low-orange and blem­ish free on the out­side, but that was hard to bite into or mealy… 

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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 into that peach, roast­ing those fin­ger­ling pota­toes or grilling that aspara­gus, you should always remem­ber to clean your pro­duce first. Tech­nique is impor­tant here,… 

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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. This stage will provide a blue­print for oth­er like ini­tia­tives to fol­low the MUFI lead! We are run­ning this cam­paign to fund the pur­chase…

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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-stream man­age­ment and envi­ron­ment mon­i­tor­ing with Arduino tech­nol­o­gy. Each of the hydro­pon­ic class­es will focus on a speci­fic grow­ing tech­nique in which the class… 

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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 urban farms and hydro­pon­ic grow­ers.” stat­ed hapi founder Tyler Reed. “The ver­sion 1 code was pret­ty exper­i­men­tal and it took a fair bit of end-user… 

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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 demo­c­ra­t­ic spaces for com­mu­ni­ty engage­ment, par­tic­i­pa­tion, and invest­ment, through crowd­fund­ing events and projects. It pro­vides a plat­form to share inno­v­a­tive ideas at the ground… 

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KickStarter Campaign Launched!

The HAPI team is thrilled to announce the launch of our Kick­Starter Cam­paign! We’ve worked hard over the past year to make the HAPI ini­tia­tive real by gen­er­at­ing inno­v­a­tive ideas, prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies. The first ver­sion of the HAPI automa­tion plat­form is in its final test phase and we designed and built an awe­some ver­ti­cal…

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HAPI (Hydro­ponic Automa­tion Plat­form Ini­tia­tive) is an open-source project of the Open Com­mu­ni­ty Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.


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