Food-Foraging Forest and The Garden Defenders

Seattle - Submitted by Lieukiss on Jan 28 2014

The Beacon Hill Food Forest, a community-powered garden of over 1000 types of edible or fruit-bearing plants, sprouted into being in Seattle in 2012. However, the public foraging parts of the project have yet to see fruition, and the dream of a neighborhood-sustaining source of fresh food still bears the risk of the tragedy of the commons. Who is to monitor the garden from overzealous pickers, while keeping it a fun and friendly place to picnic?

Why, The Garden Defenders, of course! Neighborhood volunteers can sign up on their wearable devices, and when they spot a hoarder or inappropriate behavior, report it to one of the attending stations by scanning their device. Through reporting inappropriate activity, as well as a variety of other tasks such as weeding, pruning, packaging food for the poor or haying for the winter (all reportable on the various kiosks), players can see their avatar become augmented with various gear and abilities. Once shared on social media, top-players will be nothing short of neighborhood heroes.

It's all the fun of Farmville, but with real-world fruits. :)

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Support( 0 )
How would you expand or adapt this future in 2025?
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Stakeholders( 2 )
Who would you need to bring together to make this future happen?
Jan 28 2014
4:49 AM
Agricultural experts, community planners, app programmers, architects, neighborhood volunteers. Garden security, for the *really* inappropriate behavior.
Jan 28 2014
6:41 PM
with the right amount of information, needing agricultural experts and community planners would not be as necessary. The garden exists, it just needs to have a more robust participation.
Logistics( 3 )
What resources would you need to mobilize to make this future real?
Jan 28 2014
4:49 AM
Either city or donor funds to get the app programmed and tested, and getting a beta force of Defenders out to play.
Jan 28 2014
6:38 PM
crowdfund the above
Jan 29 2014
3:17 AM
I think you should be able to earn more food instead of your avatar growing
Roadblocks( 1 )
What could get in the way of this future?
Jan 28 2014
4:50 AM
The biggest issue would be safety. Naturally, kids would want to play, so it would be imperative to either having age restrictions or clearly define safety boundaries. That is, when to get help form security, how to stay respectful of other visitors, and when to not approach a dangerous situation.