“Our Sci aims to equip small farmers with the analytical tools and scientific understanding that are used by big agriculture corporations, but are prohibitively expensive for individuals. The affordable Reflectometer as a tool can empower individuals and communities to better understand their land, how different farming practices can affect it and can give them the knowledge to advocate for themselves at a regional or policy level,” says Ria Hawthorn, Assistant Curator of the 27th Ljubljana Biennial of Design, in our interview.
“At CarboFarm, we want to deliver token economics in such a way that there will be an incentive for the farmer aside from certificates. At CarboFarm, we value the cobenefits of carbon farming. SoilStack is a very good starting point in that it helps us bridge the information gap between companies, which is needed in order to say to a soil sampler ‘Please, do that field on this day. These are the sampling points, and please be very precise by following the SoilStack procedure.’ This is a deciding factor for us to get accurate measurements that we can rely on,” details Stefan Fölser, cofounder of CarboFarm in our interview.
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“SoilStack is designed to help anyone who is collecting a high density of soil samples at pre-determined locations. That primarily includes anyone attempting to do ecosystem service or carbon accounting for markets and researchers evaluating soil carbon at the landscape scale,” says Dan TerAvest, cofounder of Our Sci.
”With Beneficial Bio our mission is to provide locally manufactured reagents to make sure that our local researchers get what they need faster and cheaper. That involves distributing manufacturing, because that is the only way that we can overcome the shipping and importation and customs barriers that really add to the time and the cost of those reagents. That is really where we are using SurveyStack in our mission to provide reagents quicker and cheaper, but also high quality,” says Dr. Jenny Molloy of Beneficial Bio.
“The great potential with SurveyStack is really to allow for the aggregation of data without commodification. We can aggregate without losing resolution, sovereignty and control over data. We can aggregate without losing attribution and that is a really powerful pathway, because of what it allows us to do,” says Dr. Dorn Cox, project lead and founder of Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management – OpenTEAM.
“SurveyStack has now become this amazing, deeply thought Open Source framework for interoperable data. Through SurveyStack we are able to say with confidence ‘Yes, those quote unquote regenerative practices do connect with increased soil carbon as well as do connect with nutrient levels in food being increased’,” says Dan Kittredge, Founder and Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association.
“Most data collection software is built to serve the desires of the person who built the survey. SurveyStack is built to serve the community collecting the data. In our agricultural applications, we have learned that there is immense value and a strong need for judgement free, transparent, effective tools for producers to benchmark their operations with their peers,” says Greg Austic, Cofounder of Our Sci.