Grow Lulo is a website that addresses the needs of residents in food deserts by connecting local communities with gardens and farmers markets where they can easily access better, healthier food choices. With access in mind, we kept the design and content of the website simple. Users can come to the site to become a grower or become a member of an existing garden community. By becoming a grower they can find information about fruits, vegetables and herbs local to their area and all they need to grow food within their particular living environment. Becoming a member of an existing garden community, exposes users to opportunities to learn, grow and purchase healthier food options.
Our project's motto: Connecting communities with community gardeners!
Providing a solution to decrease the problem of food deserts in Atlanta, by improving the information access to quality of foods for citizens of food deserts thereby improving their quality of life.
- Deteremined target audience and desired outreach impact
- Low income, Restricted Mobility, Varied education levels
- Designed a website application with associated wireframes and prototypes
- Created functioning website where gardeners can:
- Sign up for an account
- Create information about their local farm
- See local farms in their area
- See a sample plant to grow
- Networking opportunity presented by the Geek's Without Bounds Accelerator program
- Potential collaborative efforts with
- The Pineapple Project (http://www.talenthouse.com/creativeinvites/preview/a36246850b573436ef6b4...)
- The Grower's Nation project (http://www.rhok.org/problems/growers-nation-app-development)
- Gain access to more uniform repositories of food (farmers almanacs, USDA, etc) that can be added to the site database
- Linking the mapping API with the Rails backend
- Connecting to Facebook
- Providing language support for multiple languages (i.e. Spanish)
- Subscribe to the website with relevant community garden information
- Outreach to communities of individuals who could benefit from the information on the site