Tuesday, September 21, 2010



Meet Lydia. She's a 22 year old amateur gardener who works at the local all organic restaurant called Bad Seed. She loves the idea of gardening and creating a way to get her own produce, but she doesn't quite know if her garden is healthy. She lives in an apartment, so she helps take care of her apartment garden. She wishes there was some way she check the gardens status, and improve on it. Lydia also loves the idea of guerilla gardening, but has yet to do any of it.

Meet Miles. He's 44 years old and is an expert at gardening. He's a local environmental science teacher down at the college, and in his spare time he likes to be of course, submersed in his garden. Miles loves learning about what sort of things live there, like the bugs. He likes to know what bugs are beneficial to his crops, so he can kick the others who are eating them out! He wishes everyone knew what he knew about bugs.


To create an online space where gardeners both amateur and expert are able to share, converse, and connect with others who garden in their community. This online space would be beneficial for all, with or without a smart phone or ipad (though these would be more helpful of course).

We also need something about the profiles.....

1. Lydia needs to find some place and someone to guerilla garden with, so how about creating a way for gardeners to GEOTAG any location in their area that may need some beautifying. Other ambitious gardeners can look, find out what location they would be interested in, "LIKE" the location, then be able to connect with others who "LIKE" this location.

2. Lydia needs help on finding out if her garden is healthy. Well, she can use this soil tester to discover how healthy her soil is. There are two options for the soil tester here. Users with smart phones can use this four legged mechanism which sticks into the ground in four different locations. The iphone or ipad would be placed within its sealed connection, and the user would be able to see it calculate the soils condition. If the gardener does not have a smart phone or ipad, the user can do the same with the USB soil tester which will collect the data and be able to connect from their home computer or laptop. From either device, the user will be able to view their data and find solutions for their soil. Whether that be finding more fertilzer or learning how to heighten the calcium, all available information (which is supported by the online community) will be available.

3. Lydia has been growing her garden now, and discovers a new bug she has yet to see on her cucumbers. Well, Lydia can quickly capture it on her iphone and upload it to the site. Recognition software with identify the bug, and display features important for any gardener to know right on the iphone. If there is no known information in the database, users who have come across this bug before or experts like Miles will be able to comment and explain to Lydia that this bug is in fact harmless, and she doesn't need to worry.

4. Lydia's garden has been growing so well, she now has such an extreme amount of cucumbers left over. Well Lydia can go to this online community and discover some ways to use her excess bounty. She can find new recipes, canning techniques, maybe ways of making potpourri or remedies with her crops.
Lets say she wants a new recipe, so she selects recipes and the type of crop she wants to use. Then the most popular recipe shows up on her screen first with other recipes below. She can also choose to view the last updated recipe because she's already tried the most popular one. Great, she uncovers a recipe to make chilled cucumber soup. She saves the recipe and now has it for reference while she cooks.



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