Thanks Ray!  I’ll probably take you up on your offer after the new year.

I haven’t fully planned out my project yet, but I was thinking of an LCD cape like this one https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12085  It has several conflicting pins though.  It would be nice to be able to walk up to my controller interact with it directly.  I was also thinking about using an XBee to hook up some moisture sensors.  I’d probably use the proto board http://www.adafruit.com/products/572 that I’ve got to hook it up to the BBB.  I really like the idea I found here for the remote end:

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