OpenFarm provides a free database for farming, gardening, and food growing. Rory Aronson, the creator of the project, found that his previous searches for gardening advice were overwhelming and frustrating. Feeling he could come up with a better solution for novice gardeners, he got to work.
The site functions on a Wikipedia-like model in that the public is free to add their specific gardening expertise and experiences. According to Kickstarter...
OpenFarm provides a framework for everyone to share their story, and for learners to find the best, most relevant content.”
In another interview on Takepart, Aronson says,
No matter where you are in the world, what you are trying to grow, what your preferred practices and environmental conditions are, the OpenFarm community will be able to help."
Here’s how it works. Let’s say a gardener goes onto OpenFarm to contribute their specific advice on how to grow yellow squash. Following the site’s prerequisites, they’re invited to contribute opinions regarding squash’s sun and water needs, type of soil, the right time of year to plant, and in what climate. A rating system ranks “most helpful” comments so they show up at the top of the search result.
The development is still in the preliminary stages, but--as demonstrated by the overwhelming support received through money raised on Kickstarter--novice gardeners will embrace such a service.
- Open Farm: Learn to Grow Anything via Kickstarter
- This Innovative Gardening Site Can Teach a Novice to Grow Anything via Takepart.com