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We've been making good progress at Open Source Ecology on the Economy in
a Box
- the infrastructure tools for post-scarcity, resilient
communities. Our work focuses on the integration of flexible fabrication
with resilient communities. Subsilience is the result: the
combination of resilience with modern day subsistence - a high quality
of life free of compromise, which is feasible with modern technology.

Over the last 3 months, we have managed to scale our progress twofold. We’ve seen full product release of the open source CEB
press, The
, and we’ve had significant progress on the open
source tractor, LifeTrac
Prototype II
. We also deployed the first prototype of the heavy
duty, open
source drill
, which we’re now using as part of our
fabrication infrastructure. We just reported on Prototype I of the 150 ton
hole puncher

These are two additions to the open source, self-replicating Fab Lab,
or RepLab.
We also got the first working
prototype of Hexahatch,
the automated chicken incubator, in operation. We also deployed
I of a honey
Plus, Sean
on-site for the summer gathering documentary material, and his LifeTrac
II update
choice. People
are beginning to talk about us in mainstream

Please view this blog post if you haven't seen it already - for more details on the above.
You will notice that we have put up a crowd funding basket there - so
please chip in if you can. Please repost this on your blogs and
pass this on to others. These are exciting times at Factor e Farm.

We have 2.5 people here now, so we're far from a division-of-labor resilient community of individuals specializing as generalists. We are
certainly are looking for more people for Dedicated
Project Visits
and remote collaboration. You can see how additional
people can contribute to rapid progress, so finding more people is  a

Here is a thought for July - a note regarding becoming a responsible producer (one of our essential principles). People frequently turn off
at notions of becoming real and relevant producers or
fabricators - or digital craftspeople of the 21st century. However, if
we study the essence of resilient communities,
if we examine geopolitical issues, and if we study political ponerology -
we cannot help but conclude that we are responsible for getting as
close as possible to real production and meaning, and as far away as
possible from the speculation-bureaucracy-debt-nonproduction-anomie


That's all for now. More news is coming next month. Thanks for your support.

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