Within a growing, distrustful world, buying organic and/or growing your own vegetables is becoming increasingly popular. So what if you could sell some of your vegetables and or baked goods to your local neighborhood with out the need for a cardboard sign on your front lawn?
Royal College of Art graduate Kayleigh Thompson designed a super savvy online platform that empowers local food producers to out-grow the middle-man and sell from their very own base.
The “Hyper Local” project aims to address the future of supermarkets and show how smart cities can become more self reliant on what can be made and produced locally.
The system connects urban farmers with fair-trade through an interactive website, which works together with a specially designed printer and smartphone application.
Sellers simply become a member of the web-based market and upload the products they want to sell to their neighbors. Buyers can download the accompanying app, which enables them to type in their post-code and browse the food being grown in their area.
Anyone part of the “local community” will be able to see goods and produce close to them on a map, and contact the grower/maker/baker directly.
The idea behind Kayleigh’s new concept, is to resell your waste grown produce to local people. Thompson is a recent design graduate from the Royal College of Art in London, but before moving to the city, she lived in a small town where locally sourced food was commonplace and interacting with the people who lived next door wouldn’t earn you: the title of “that annoying neighbour.”
Local communities have the capability to directly impact and improve the quality of life. A part of improving people’s general well-being is by giving each other relevant information and minimizing carbon print.
Also, with the help of a little technology, any device can connect us to the real, tactile, social and experiential side of daily life. Smart phones are often seen as social killers, but, they also have ways to benefit social networks.
Kayleigh is currently looking for participants to sign up and become members of the community.