A website where home gardners and small farmers can put up their crops that they are planning, planting, growing, harvesting - and see, by "locality," what others are planting in their neighbourhood. The idea is that they can then perhaps change their minds and plant something no-one else is growing, leading to greater diversity of foods available in their region. People can then either opt to buy these direct from the grower, or trade them for something that they grow themselves, and the idea is to make every region able to grow good local food. The "locality" should be an area that makes sense for local food, i.e. not much more than 20 - 50 miles, to encourage people to use less fuel transporting food around.People should be able to "pledge" either a certain percentage of a planted or harvested crop, or pledge some labour on the grower's property (sort of like community gardening) or tools and materials (wire netting, compost scraps, etc) in exchange for some of the crop. Additionally, users should be encouraged to share their experiences of what grows well locally, what needs special techniques, and so forth. Within a few years, a site such as this should be able to even out local food production, provide detailed, locality-based advice on what can be grown and how to grow it, and (if advertisers are chosen carefully and with relevance, i.e. home handyman, gardening, nursery, and so forth) be able to produce an income by presenting locally-targeted advertising to users, who can use these ads to find the best local services and materials.It would be a crowdsourced agricultural and GIS dataBASE, as well. This can be stripped of identifying data, and sold/donated to research foundations and government departments to provide detailed knowledge of soil and weather and local plants etc on an ongoing basis. The information provided would give valuable knowledge to such organisations about the health of the ecosphere and the weather systems.On the purely humane side, it would allow a much wider audience to have access to local food, thus strengthening local economies and reducing food miles and handling costs. I think an idea such as this is one of theose things where a large company has nothing to lose by devoting a few resources to it and advertising / publicising it, and then if the site doesn't take off, it's a relatively small loss. If it does take of though, it would establish the green credentials of the company and give them some very good publicity!
I would love to see an application that will verbally give step by step directions on anything. I am terrible, because of patience, at following instructions. The application would allow you to punch in the manual number and it would read a loud step by step instructions. This would include anything from a video game to putting a bed together. I know this would make my life easier as I am better at following along verbally than trying to read and interpret things. Thanks.
In any type education, it is essential the use of interactive notebooks, it would be helpful that electronic notebooks were invented or manufactured, allowing manual writing and connection with books related to the level of education without letting use different programs or applications. With the fulfilment of these conditions it would be avoided the situation of carrying both notebooks and books in a backpack
My idea seems like it would be simple to produce, I came up with it while attending accounting classes online using my laptop. I found it very hard to use the spread sheets that are involved with the programs that are required for this class. Trying to keep up with where I was between looking up at the screen and looking down at the text book, this was a problem I had while using my desktop also. I feel if there was some sort of bar that could be moved up and down the screen to mark my place across the screen this would have helped me complete each spread sheet faster and would have prevented the many headaches I had while taking the class. It's something I feel could be either a attachment made from hard plastic that someone could buy or something that is incorporated within a system that is bought new. It also would be helpful for anyone that keeps their finacial books or business related info by way of spreadsheets and might even could be used with other programs that require the same sort of looking up and down by the user. I enclosed a rough draft photo I drew to give some idea of what I'm talking about.