To be both a physical and virtual location where people can meet, discuss and collaborate on knowledge about how to produce things.
My interest in growing rice began with reading Masanobu Fukuoka's One Straw Revolution as well as a trip to Japan in which I biked in the country quite a bit and saw people's yards which were made of rice paddies instead of grass. So beautiful.
I learned that rice doesn't need to be grown in water necessarily. It can even be grown as a simple house plant for fun.
Processing rice is a bit hard though. To remove the husk and bran layers is time consuming when done manually. I know one person who was able to produce some 50 pounds of rice in a small paddie south of town. I also visited a home further away where two people grew quite a bit of rice and somehow processed the raw rice in a food processor. We never figured out exactly how to accomplish that.
The goal is to develop a complete set of instructions on how to plant, tend, harvest and process useful grains like rice, oats and wheat. Of course there are many other grains and many othe r useful food plants. All in good time but for now I wish to focus on something most people don't know anything about in our area: rice.
A simple cellular phone which is as open source as possible so that anyone can modify both the hardware and software as they see fit.
Another goal with this object is to make a phone that is not distracting. Now by definition in order for a phone to be useful and serve its purpose it must distract such as ringing when some is calling you or if you received a text message or if an alarm or reminder goes off. So it is an impossible goal but one which I wish to pursue to the best of my ability.
I researched what was the top seller at WalMart in Kansas for 2017. It was the Ozark Trail tumblers. At first I didn't even know it was a vacuum in between a metal casing that provided the insulation to keep drinks cold or hot. I thought about cutting one open and then discovered it just wasn't that interesting. I found this youtube video showing how they are made. Obviously it would take quite a bit to produce these ourselves but... maybe!?
I feel that just food shares some of the mission, especially with providing food as well as education in cooking and gardening.
The open source ecology project as well shares some of the mission. It's goal is to create an open collection of plans for how to make the tools needed to build and maintain our civilization. With things like tractors, a power cube to power all manner of machines, 3d printer, laster cutter, all sorts of useful things. They talk about making regional prduction centers for these machines and I have often thought about starting such a regional center in conjunction with my interest in rice and rock phone.