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Going through my previous blog entries I realized I had not provided the followup information for my Farm Operations Center Box that I had previously said I would.    So here it is!  :-)   As I had mentioned before the medium sized box worked perfectly as a container for the 7 inch touchscreen with Pi3 attached.     As you can see here, the 4 squares line up perfectly with the metal frame of the touchscreen.  Making for an easy mounting of the F.O.C. to t ...
There seems to be Irony that my blog #13 comes with bad news.  I was unable to get my Enocean Pi to work with 3 different Raspberry Pis.  Leading me to wonder if I have a bad Hat.  :-(   I worked for days on getting it to link with my Raspberry Pi3 that is running my Farm Operations Center but it would never show as recognized.  Looking at other comments there seems to be a problem with Raspberry Pi 3 and this currently so I pulled out 2 different Raspberry Pi 2s to see ...
First off I want to thank Element 14 and all of the incredible participants of this design challenge!   It was an experience I greatly enjoyed and want to continue to expand upon!  The other participants had brilliant ideas and implementations and constantly made me wonder how I could further tweak and improve my own project.   Plus input from several actually helped me redirect some of my efforts over to a water source monitoring system.   I am very pleased with how t ...
In previous blogs i had shared my issues of having the RPi B+ running MotionEyeOs with multiple cameras and wireless networking enabled.   Today I have had success getting everything outside and monitoring the Farm!   First off, hardwired I have had zero issues with the MotionEyeOs software.  I have been able to add cameras and test everything out without any issues other then the RPi B+ is (not surprisingly) noticeably slower for response then the RPi3 that I first used.   ...
In my last post I shared the variety of boxes I found at the local Walmart ranging in price from 25 cents to 10 cents.  Today I had a chance to try 2 of them on for size and fit and quickly decided the midsize one seems almost made for being used for a Raspberry Pi implementation with the 7 inch Touchscreen!  If I remember correctly it was also only 10 cents!    As I had mentioned the idea was to take the Farm Operations Center setup out of it's base setup which was just a ...
This Morning's Bounty of Fowl investments!  The 3 on top are Duck eggs, only 1 was laid today but I wanted to give comparison for size to the Chicken Eggs.  The Element 14 pen is also for size comparison.    But John, you don't have any Chicken's laying yet do you?  There lies the story in regards to Yesterday...   Yesterday was an interesting day on the IoT Farm.    The previous night while I was working my swing shift, my better half shared that she ...
Things have been moving around the Farm lately so expect to see some catch up blog posts coming at you soon!   First, anyone else have a loving, caring, helpful spouse who makes your projects grow exponentially?  :-)   When the project was first planned out we were looking at working with Chickens and Rabbits.  Since then my wife has expanded/added G.O.A.Ts (see previous blogs), Guinea Fowl, and now Ducks!  (There has been rumor of Peacocks in the future but luckily no ...
The addition of the G.O.A.Ts (see blog 6) has increased my desire to have "eyes on" all over the Farmstead.  As you can see below they are quite a handful!       After I spent hours and hours setting up a G.O.A.T. wonderland of pallet shelters and climbing areas they moved out...   In fact they moved out of that entire side of the Farm and went over to the West side and moved into the Chicken Casa.  This is not quite what the Chickens think as appropriate and ...
Having separate caging options for the Rabbits has became a priority due to the potential of 1 or more being pregnant.  My end goal is a large colony approach but having a nice sized setup for keeping some apart from the main group is also a good idea.   As such I thought I would share a few things in the process of making a 10 foot by 18 inches by 18 inches caging setup.   I have some 10 foot 2x4s from pallet break down that were perfect for using as the bones of the operation. ...
Today while the family was celebrating my 47th successful trip around the Sun on our fine planet Earth we saw a sign advertising an interesting addition to our Farm.  Not only does this have great potential to maintain the Farm but it's ability to recycle trash materials and create bio-usable materials is a great plus as we expand our gardening!   An issue we have been running into with going from a 1/4 acre to 5.5 acres is the fact that the little push lawnmower just doesn't do an ad ...
A beloved family member has passed away and we have been out of state for a few days but I wanted to update with what I found out from the Solar Panels and how all of the new Bunny Rabbits are doing.   Here is the data sticker, both panels have the same information.  I think this looks promising but I don't have it setup to accurately verify Amps yet.   This was from Solar Panel 1, around 9am with good sunlight.     Solar Panel 2   So some promise here wi ...
Another update to keep you seeing movement!   Quick side note tomorrow I am hoping to test some Solar panels that I have been given to see if they are useable.  They were damaged but I am hoping for enough power generation that they are still viable for the IoT Farm.   The birds have reached a point where they have communicated that if they are not allowed access to the outside world under my control, they will try to Chicken Rush the next person who opens the main Human door to ...
The Kit arrived and one of my children had moved it into my aspiring office area, placing it with some old Element 14 boxes.  Yet forgetting to tell me that something new had came!  So just a quick update to show that yes I do have my entire Kit!  Now to make sure the kiddos know to let Dad know when new items come in!     This kit Included the Following:   Raspberry Pi 3 Raspberry Pi 3  <<RECIEVED>> Raspberry Pi B+   <<RECIEVED ...
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IoT Farm: Blog 1 - Intro

Posted by jkutzsch May 29, 2016
Wow, I have to admit to being incredibly humbled and thankful for the opportunity to participate in this Design Challenge.  Even more especially after having an opportunity to view a couple of the other sponsored participants proposals.  Some really interesting and exciting project plans out there!  I can't wait to get to working on mine and will eagerly look forward to seeing how the others are doing.   I will definitely offer suggestions/comments to the others and look for ...
Welcome to another quick blog post showing the evolving IoT Farm!   Originally I had planned on building a hen house and linking it together with a Rabbit enclosure to allow for centralized observation and control.  But we found out our neighbors were getting out the chicken raising hobby after having an encounter with a Mountain Lion in their coop.  They offered us this completely assembled, insulated, electrical installed, shingled, awesome Hen House, we just needed to get it o ...