Edge Collective

Accessible infrastructure for communities living at ‘the edge'.

Edge Collective is a distributed research, teaching, and facilitation cooperative working to help individuals and communities increase the capacity of their vital food, water, energy, and communications infrastructure to adapt to challenging environments.

Any of the research, designs, and code that we produce are freely available as Free and Open Source / Creative Commons.

We support our work through donations, and via 'pay-as-you-can' arrangements.


Soil Monitoring System in Mead, Nebraska (USA)

Developing a system for capturing soil moisture measurements from a remote field site, using wifi, LoRa, and cellular communications.

Updated: 2019-07-24

Coastal Tide Monitoring in Belfast, Maine (USA)

(With Dave Sprague and friends in Belfast, ME -- water level via Radio + WiFi + pressure sensor.

Updated: 2020-02-17

Soil Monitoring System in Olathe, Colorado (USA)

Developing a Free and Open Source LoRa-based system (softwarre, hardware); prototyping a remote node for capturing relaying data from an SDI-12 - based soil moisture sensor.

Updated: 2020-05-10

Soil and Greenhouse Monitoring in Odiáxere, Faro District (Portugal)

Prototyping a LoRa- and wifi-based system for Soil moisture and temperature, as well as ambient temperature humidty and soil temperture inside a greenhouse.

Updated: 2020-05-08

Flood Sensing in New Orleans, Louisiana (USA)

Collaborating on the FloodSense project with NOLAFlotilla.

Updated: 2020-05-11

Greenhouse Monitoring at Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport, Maine (USA).

Setting up a LoRa- and WiFi- based greenhouse monitoring system.

Updated: 2020-05-11

Water Level Monitoring on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts (USA)

Radio + WiFi + Ultrasonic tide monitoring.

Updated: 2020-07-17

DIY Low Power Radio Nodes

Building radio nodes with an eye towards easy assembly and easy sourcing of parts.

Updated: 2020-08-03

Workshops and Tutorials

Local First Lora Networks

Developing a design for a 'local first' approach to farm networking.

Updated: 2020-05-01

Simple Circuitpython LoRa Demo

Simple Circuipython LoRa radio send & receive demo.

Updated: 2020-05-11

Using Circuitpython to send data to FarmOS

Connecting a Circuitpython sensor to FarmOS, using a 'remote node' + 'single-channel gateway' approach. Specific example uses an Adafruit ItsyBitsy M4, Adafruit LoRa Breakout, and Adafruit Airlift Breakout

Updated: 2020-05-15


Stewarding Technological Freedom in Agriculture

Video of talk presented at the LibrePlanet2020 conference by Mike Stenta, Jamie Gaehring, and Don Blair

Updated: 2020-04-14

Design Patterns for Degrowth ICT

Video of talk 'Design Patterns for Degrowth ICT', presented at Degrowth Vienna 2020, as well as at SCORAI 2020.

Updated: 2020-06-14