Equipping Food Systems Leaders with an Equitable, Accessible, and Interoperable Toolkit for Universal Access to Agricultural Knowledge and Better Soil Health.
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OpenTEAM, or Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management, is a farmer-driven, collaborative community of farmers, ranchers, scientists, researchers, engineers, farm service providers, programmers and food companies who are committed to improving soil health and advancing agriculture’s ability to become a solution to climate change through the co-development of an interoperable suite of tools.
This technology ecosystem will equip food systems leaders and provide farmers around the world with the best possible knowledge to improve soil health.
WHAT WE DO
OpenTEAM has collectively designed and built a free and open source digital equity toolkit that provides a framework for universal access to agricultural knowledge and laid the groundwork to accelerate future development that is responsive to the needs of producers, purchasers, governments and markets. We are incorporating an equity lens into the work that we do so that we can design a technology ecosystem that is more accessible, equitable, and universal for the diverse group of farmers and food companies that are a part of it. By acting as a convener, technology steward, and technical and community facilitator, OpenTEAM is increasing integrability, interoperability, and knowledge shared across the agricultural technology landscape for a more sustainable technology ecosystem.
Through OpenTEAM, we are accelerating innovation and progress towards more accessible technology systems for farmers while developing mechanisms that protect and elevate the value of their data. We are cultivating a community that is creating an interoperable technology system and developing new ways of collaborating to provide food systems leaders with the best possible knowledge to combat climate change and improve their soil health.
This agricultural technology ecosystem supports adaptive soil health management for farms of all scales, geographies and production systems while accelerating scientific understanding of soil health by providing more high-quality data to researchers collaborating within OpenTEAM.
HOW WE WORK
In order to create a sustainable ecosystem of technology, OpenTEAM is building trust with collaborators and technologies, improving interoperability among systems, and adapting tools and soil health practices locally. Furthermore, we are incorporating an equity lens into the work that we do so that we can design a technology ecosystem that is more accessible, equitable, and universal for the diverse group of farmers and food companies that are a part of it. By acting as a convener, technology steward, and technical facilitator, OpenTEAM is increasing integrability, interoperability, and knowledge shared across the agricultural technology landscape for a more sustainable technology ecosystem.
Interested in getting involved with the OpenTEAM community? See the many different ways you can participate and collaborate with OpenTEAM below and on our How to Get Involved page.
IN-DEPTH LEARNING SERIES
Through the In-Depth Learning Series, we are building the knowledge base of the OpenTEAM community in a way that fosters coherence and collaboration.
These working groups are centered around technology, equity, field methods, human centered design, and our network of farms and ranches.
Collabathons are sustained collaboration efforts with short sprints in service of long range shared goals.
OPENTEAM COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, BUSINESSES, AND INSTITUTIONS
OpenTEAM is a collaborative community of farmers, scientists and researchers, engineers, farm service providers, and food companies that are committed to improving soil health and advancing agriculture’s ability to become a solution to climate change. OpenTEAM is headquartered at Wolfe’s Neck Center in Maine. Learn more about our partners here.
About Wolfe's Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment
OpenTEAM is facilitated by Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment (WNC). As a place-based institution situated on 626 acres of preserved coastal landscape in Freeport, Maine, WNC uses its diverse landscape of annual and perennial crop production, grazing, forest, fresh and saltwater, and rural-urban boundaries to connect people of all ages to the food they eat and where it comes from. Through historical regenerative farming practices, innovative soil health research, and visitor interactions, the land is used as an educational resource for the center’s visitors and nearby farmers. WNC draws upon this rich history of innovation and experimentation to continue its legacy today through collaborative research initiatives like OpenTEAM and the Maine Soil Health Network, demonstrating how local agriculture connects to global environmental systems. Through OpenTEAM, WNC bridges tech tools to scientific research locally, effectively translating this knowledge to farmer understanding regionally and building a pragmatic movement toward regenerative agriculture globally. As WNC creates local networks for better soil health, OpenTEAM is convening global communities to create an interconnected technology ecosystem where resources are shared and leveraged at scale.