FarmBot supporters, our July launch campaign wrapped up just about two weeks ago. In the end, we received a total of $813,235 worth of pre-orders, over eight times our original goal of $100,000! Thank you!!

Come February, these first generation FarmBot kits will be heading out all over the world, and we can’t wait to see what you all grow with them, how you hack your FarmBot, and where else we go from here.

We’ve already seen a surge in community activity over on the forum and on GitHub from our backers and other people who are embarking on building their own FarmBot from scratch. If you haven’t already, come join the fun!

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Next Steps

Now begins the next leg of our journey. Over the last few weeks we’ve been catching up on email and have also expanded our team. Congratulations to Gabriel and Connor for joining us as full-time hardware engineers and software developers – we’re excited to work with you!

On the hardware front, we’re now looking at wrapping up the final design changes and honing in on a release candidate. What you all have seen in the video was FarmBot Genesis v0.9. We’ve already built v1.0 prototypes, and will be updating the documentation soon with this progress. Now we’re working on v1.1 which we hope will be what we ship in February. Here’s a sneak peek:

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For software, we are continuing to work on features and harden the code bases so that they are robust, reliable, and secure. We’ll keep you all updated on the progress with regular emails.

Thanks for being a part of the open food future!

– Rory, Rick, Tim, Gabriel, and Connor

You can still pre-order a FarmBot

While our launch campaign has ended, you can still pre-order your FarmBotat a discounted rate. Kits ordered now will still ship in February, but once we begin ordering parts we may push back the ship date for future orders. So get your order in asap if you want to be a part of the first batch!