Here's a short piece about hackerspaces in rural areas creating community synergy and an incredible range of collaborations (organic solar panels, Internet radio networks, automated greenhouses, energy self-sufficiency, and more). Interview with Philippe Langlois, one of the founding members of the first French hackerspace.
"The goal, among others, was to find out whether we could create a 100% autonomous space out of nothing, in a totally natural setting. As artists, engineers, researchers, hackers and farmers we all asked ourselves how digital technologies could be merged with nature, heritage and agriculture. Our urban hackerspaces, including their philosophy and practices, can be seamlessly transposed onto rural areas."