Michael Stenta

Michael is working to build farmOS, an open source record keeping and data management system for farmers, ranchers, and agricultural scientists. He developed the vision for farmOS while working simultaneously as a farm apprentice and a web developer, and has since lead the farmOS code and community development efforts in an open and transparent way. Michael works closely with farmers, organizations, and universities including Cornell, the University of Vermont, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA), the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), and the United States Forest Service. He hosts monthly community calls over the internet to inform the direction of the project, and helped to organize the first annual GOAT Conference (Gathering for Open Agricultural Technology) in Spring 2018, which aims to bring together members of the growing open source community around farm tools, software, data, and research. His process is rooted in direct experience working on and with farms around the country, both in the soil and in computer code.

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