Marcin Jakubowski’s 30-acre compound near Maysville, Mo., is named Factor e Farm. The goal is to create a completely self-sufficient community that produces not only its own food, but also energy, tools (that is, a minimum set of machines necessary to sustain a modern civilization), and raw materials for making those tools.

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Marcin Jakubowski’s 30-acre compound near Maysville, Mo., is named Factor e Farm. The goal is to create a completely self-sufficient community that produces not only its own food, but also energy, tools (that is, a minimum set of machines necessary to sustain a modern civilization), and raw materials for making those tools.

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Factor e Farm Strives for Ultimate Self-Sufficiency

Marcin Jakubowski’s 30-acre compound near Maysville, Mo., is named Factor e Farm. The goal is to create a completely self-sufficient community that produces not only its own food, but also energy, tools (that is, a minimum set of machines necessary to sustain a modern civilization), and raw materials for making those tools.

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West Coast transplant Gabrielle LeBlanc prepares to do some welding.

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One of the farm’s functional junkpiles.

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Lunch break at the Hab Lab.

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A second-generation Life Trac tractor, built on the premises.

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One of Factor e Farm’s “smart garden” systems.

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A farmhand and friend.

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Graham Robertson looks at plans on a computer in the workshop at Factor e Farm.

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