The aim of the Growers’ Nation project is to develop a free to use, scientific based global application and related outreach resources that will help get more people involved in and enthusiastic about growing produce using the available space in gardens, school/ university/ work grounds and even rooftops that is not currently being used to its full potential.
The app, currently under development, has the potential to reach a wide range of users, from someone new to growing produce in their back garden, to schools that are starting or maintaining allotments, to crop farmers in developing countries. It is being designed to reduce the barriers to growing locally by enabling people to find quickly and easily when the optimal time in their area is for planting and harvesting different produce. It will take location, soil, climate and growing condition data into consideration. The information provided will be updated using recent weather observations and the integration of weather forecasts will help to provide the optimal advice possible.
It will also be possible to demonstrate the power and potential of crowd sourcing through many aspects of this project, including: feedback about pests/ diseases that have affected the user’s produce; user input of soil conditions; feedback about harvest success and the development of a geo-located user tips functionality.
The Growers’ Nation project began as one of the challenges for the NASA International Space Apps challenge weekend in April 2012.
- To develop wireframe versions of the front end of the app using html5 to work on both the web and mobile devices.
- To integrate a user account and login functionality.
- To begin development of some of the crowd sourcing aspects of the project if time allows.
Issues have been released on Github
Work was also continued on the back end, including development of an OpenID functionality and accessing the EC2 server. Scripts were written to enable the pushing of the github repo from the local system to EC2, allowing for auto deployment of the website.
The next stages are to link in the open ID functionality with the front end, and to develop the java code interface between the front end and the database.
Please get in touch with Selena Georgiou at email@example.com if you'd like to contribute to the Growers' nation project.