GreenLYFE: Creating thriving communities through the love of growing your own food
For our third project, Juniette and I decided to continue working on GreenLYFE. We have decided to work on this together for our Capstone project and really develop this App because we see a tremendous opportunity for it to grow and expand while doing something good for our communities.
Here is our Final Presentation:
Currently, information about sustainable food sources is spread out and there is not an “all-in-one” place to learn or communicate with like-minded individuals who are also interested in building community gardens and food forests through permaculture, aquaponics, and other methods.
GreenLYFE will connect like-minded individuals who are interested in sustainable living through community, permaculture, sustainable growing, aquaponics, and so forth.
Unique Advantage: GreenLYFE would educate, connect people with different skill levels so they can work together, provide distribution of harvests (CSA) from different community gardens. GreenLYFE will be an all in one.
The main goals of this project are:
- To bring people together who want to be sustainable in their food sources
- To educate people about growing their own food
- To build a community
- To find the nearest community garden locations
- To provide volunteer opportunities
All of our key stakeholders have interest in empowering people to grow their own food and are health conscious. Some of them incorporate this interest into their hobbies while others through their work. We interviewed nine stakeholders:
- Permaculture System Designer
- Nutritionist and Permaculture System Designer for Schools
- Farmer/Owner of Finca el Josco Bravo
- Two Home Gardeners
- Student Majoring in Nutrition
- Aquaponics Gardener
- Garden Club Volunteer
PROS of Community Gardens and Food Forests:
- Offering a place for amateurs to learn from and communicate with masters
- Connecting with neighbors in real life
- Helping to feed low-income community members
- Helping the homeless by providing food, shelter, and education to those who choose to help themselves by helping the local community
- Creating abundance of food in food deserts
- Connection to the earth
- Distribution of work among community members instead of one person
- Sharing knowledge
- Job opportunities
- Physical space
- Lack of knowledge
- Overwhelmed with where to find information
- Local ordinances and zoning
- Nosy or controlling neighbors
- Homeowners Association (HOA)
- Lack of materials, resources, and funding
- Initial investment when starting a food garden
- Getting the word out through Social Media / marketing
- Shortage of support / volunteers
- Communication methods
App Features Wish List • Interviewees felt the following features would benefit the app:
- Ability to find a nearby garden or fellow gardeners
- Volunteer/job opportunities
- Tool and materials swap
- Database for pests and common plant conditions
- Ability to message other users and plan a meetup
- Ability to input fruit trees and edible plant identification in your city
- Grow charts for different zones
- Information on companion plants
- Educational courses about gardening, nutrition, etc
- Workshop schedules
- Ask the Experts option
- Competition about gardening
- Online gardening socializing games
- Ability to schedule tasks so people can coordinate garden care/maintenance
- Event Notifications
EMPATHY MAPPING & PERSONAS
We did an in-class exercise called Empathy Mapping. For this exercise, we took ideas from our interviews to create a map to be able to understand the attitudes and behaviors of our users in a deeper level. Empathy mapping also helps reveal the holes in our user data.
Empathy Mapping: A collaborative visualization used to articulate what we know about a particular type of user. It externalizes knowledge about users in order to 1) create a shared understanding of user needs, and 2) aid in decision making.
(What the user Says, Thinks, Does, and Feels) with the user or persona in the middle.
Personas are fictitious yet realistic representations of our target audience. From the persona profiles, we can create user scenarios, feature generation and feature prioritization. Personas become meaningful and creates user empathy among the development team to ensure the user is always the focus of all efforts.
Here are our personas:
USER SCENARIOS (CONTEXT SCENARIOS)
Scenarios or stories about the ideal user experiences explain how the product fits into each persona’s life and environment, and how it helps them achieve their goals. You should have at least a couple scenarios for each persona.
Scenario 1 Creating a New Community Garden
- Robert on phone looking for gardens in his area using GPS Locator
- He doesn’t find any so he starts his own garden (START YOUR OWN button)
- Robert receives MESSAGES from interested members
- He creates a CHECKLIST of what they need to start (supplies, seeds, etc)
- He also creates a list of TASKS for each member to complete.
- CREATE AN EVENT to launch the garden.
Scenario 2: Plant Identifier
- Jane receives a plant for her mom
- Uses PLANT IDENTIFIER to find out what it is and how to care for it.
- She uploads and share a picture of it with the other users
- A user points out in a comment that her plant has spots and bugs
- She uses the search function in the DISEASE AND PEST ENCYCLOPEDIAS to find proper care for the issue
- Jane creates a reminder to water and feed her plant proper nutrients.
Scenario 3 Volunteering Opportunity
- Sharon has a lot of free time and uses the GPS function to find local volunteer opportunities
- She finds a local permaculture garden in need of volunteers
- She marks herself on the app as an interested volunteer
- She marks on the app that she is an expert in permaculture and available to give workshops
- She receives a message from the group saying she has been accepted and sees the garden’s wishlist
- She marks off supplies that she can donate to the garden
REQUIREMENTS (DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS) • Key Elements
- User Registration
- GPS availability
- News Feed
- Explore Feed
- Messaging Capabilities
- Add New Garden Locations
- Add New Members
- Add Checklists
- Add Photos
- Shareable Content
- Tool Swap
- Event Creation
- Plant Database
- Disease Database
- Weed Database
- User Search
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Design Ideas
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