Social Farming

Social Farming

Mar 09

I had this great idea recently, based on what I know of the Central Florida Sustainable Food Project which is trying to produce a printed Local Food Resource Guide with local growers and restaurants that cook with local ingredients. Since I’m currently reading The World Is Flat by Michael Friedman, I immediately started thinking about crowdsourcing, and about how great it would be if we had an online guide to local food that was updated constantly by the restaurants and growers themselves.

It would be a place to discuss your garden, share your success stories and, most importantly, add your own garden to the map, no matter how small. If you were trying to grow corn, but were failing miserable, you could check the map to see that someone two blocks away is having great success. If you’re in the mood for some Italian food, you could check the map for restaurants in the area that cook Italian food with local ingredients. If you have a surplus of tomatoes, you could use this resource to find out who might be interested in buying them or trading for them.

Home Farming LogoBelieve it or not, I discovered shortly after I came up with this idea that – lo and behold – it’s pretty much already taken. By Triscuit. It’s hard to believe, but they have created a site called Home Farming with Triscuit, and they have done it right. It contains a wealth of information for starting your own garden and includes a map (using Google Maps) where you can add your own home garden and see who else is growing near you. Of course, this is a national effort, and since it’s run by such a large brand name, it’s unlikely most local growers will know about it, but it’s a great model for a more intensive version I’d like to make in my own community.

I encourage you to click around the site and see what it has to offer.

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