Farm Hacking in French
Across the Atlantic, FarmHack shares a kindred outlook with a non-profit organization based in the Rhone-Alps region of southeastern France. ADAbio Autoconstruction is a farmer initiative formed in 2011 by the Association pour le Développement de l’Agriculture Biologique to showcase and share open-source technologies useful to local farmers. They organize training and instruction for building tools developed by farmers in the area.
Much like the goals set forward by FarmHack, ADAbio Autoconstruction aims to establish a farmer-driven community that stresses the self-reliance of the individual farmer, as well as the creation of resiliency within the local agrarian network. The innovations within this community are adapted for organic market-farming, but the knowledge is not limited to the organic community. From this foundation, ADAbio strives to create accessible, bottom-up technologies with which farmers can equip themselves at a cost two to three times less than what market-standard supplies.
The organization published a book, available for viewing online, which includes plans for 16 tools.
ADAbio Autoconstruction also features an open online forum (in French), to facilitate conversation and idea-sharing.
Watch few video-introductions to some of their tools online (and brush up on your French farming vocab!) here.