I have extra spinach in my garden right now. A lot of extra spinach. We eat it every night for dinner, I give it away by the grocery sack, and I am blanching as much as my freezer will hold. And I still have extra. Should I put a goofy sign in my front yard, "spinach for sale?" Nah. Yet, I sure wish I could find a way to sell some of it...
Enter GoTo Garden. GoTo Garden is a mobile app I am creating. It gives gardeners an avenue for selling their excess (and everyone else access to this home grown goodness.) If you are a home gardener, your backyard will temporarily become something of an old fashioned vegetable stand. Using GoTo Garden, you share a little info about your garden such as its location, what kinds of fruits and veggies are available, photos and when you are "open" for business, say, every Tuesday afternoon between 4 and 7pm.
If you are on the buying end you can search and locate gardens in your neighborhood (or within reasonable driving distance) that will sell to you. You might search for gardens within a two mile radius from your current location, or gardens with napa cabbage, or when the gardens are "open."
With a tool such as GoTo Garden, home gardeners everywhere will step up production. GoTo Garden – and other yet-to-be-developed utilities created in the same vein - will deepen the impact of the urban agriculture movement: I envision communities where home gardeners feed their neighbors as well as their own family and friends. Thereby extending the reach of locally grown produce beyond that of the small farmers and farmers markets. Talk about real food security, and “micro-local” agriculture!
The home gardener may play the starring role in the next chapter of the food revolution, much as the small farmer with CSA shares and booths at farmers markets has been the star of this most recent chapter. The home gardener is an increasingly powerful force.
GoTo Garden will be free to download and use. Monetizing the app would create hurdles to adoption. So, I have opted instead to fund the creation and initial maintenance of GoTo Garden through Kickstarter. By kicking in a buck or two, you can help make this app a reality.
Together we can bolster the sustainable agriculture/urban agriculture/local foods movement. Through innovation, and just saying "no" to Big Ag, we can bring ever more *real* food to our families' dinner tables and friends' barbeques. GoTo Garden is one more avenue for tasty healthy food to find people hungry for the real deal.
GoTo Garden E- Mail
GoTo Garden Online
GoTo Garden on Kickstarter