Hi --> answers!
- What does the graph i get after the measurement mean? We still can’t know which milk is more nutritious.
–> Yes, you will not get nutrition information. The best explanation is here: https://our-sci.gitlab.io/documentation/#/What-are-these-experiments-all-about%3F . The short answer is this device will help us efficiently identify where and when we should focus to calibrate this or similar instruments in the future. Remember… it’s a process .
–> The graph is how much light at each wavelength (there are 10 wavelengths, marked on the X axis) is reflected back at the sample. Red objects should have peaks in the red (600 - 650nm). Blue objects should have peaks in the blue (400 - 450nm).
- How can we become farm and data collaborators? we really want to participate and learn as much as we can in order to improve our management practices.
–> In terms of using the tool, right now the best way to contribute is to run those 3 projects in the workbook (milk, fruit, and soil). If you feel you can be creative and design your own experiments or build your own correlations from spectral data to ag data (nutritional data or other things) that’d be awesome as well! We’re happy to always help you walk through that process.
–> Outside of the tool, we’re days away from initiating the Data Partners program, where collaborators will be collecting physical food and soil samples from all over the country. That doesn’t use the tool, but it does build the database that calibrates the tool which is in many ways the hard part. So feel free to ping me with your email address, and I’ll shoot you an email regarding that program. Or keep up to date at lab.realfoodcampaign.org
–> the Farm Partners program has already started, and we have 50+ farms already signed up (yay!). We’ve been swamped but should have announced this more, sorry. This program is already underway, so it’d be hard to join at this point, but for the Data Partners program you’re just in time.
I hope that helps!