240: Eve Sibley on Recording the Farm’s Activities.
Creating a history of the garden or farm to document what works best.
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Eve is a creative who studied painting in school, but it was her passion for activism which led her into gardening and farming. In 2006, when she turned 30, she left New York City and moved to a farm to clarify where she wanted to focus her activism energy. She became interested in gardening as a solution to many of the world’s ails and immediately learned square foot gardening.
Eve has spent years setting up innovative gardens, mostly vertical, for different organizations in her travels through the USA, Costa Rica, and India. She came to believe internet technology could be utilized to help more people with their growing projects, and during her travels used her computer skills on attempts to find ways to connect and help gardeners around the world.
Through her gardening work, and by volunteering on various farms, Eve recently found a need for improved garden record-keeping and she set out to build an app for that. The FarmFollow app is available in app stores and this is the first real season it is in use.
In This Podcast:
We meet Eve Sibley who melded her determination to make a difference with a love of gardening to make an app that helps gardeners and farmers keep better records of their growing efforts. Eve explains how she got the idea to make an app for growers, and how to make use of the free online tool to keep track of the daily tasks that can make a difference in each year’s crop results.
Listen in and learn about:
- Getting involved in activism in her 20’s and her realization that growing food became her passion for the planet
- Moving to an old family organic farm and teaching herself square foot gardening
- Choosing the next place to go in a unique way
- Creating the World Food Garden website and her struggles
- Creating vertical gardens in woofing type of agreements
- Her wall garden for CouchSurfing.com
- Working for the yoga center in Costa Rica- Anamaya,
- Working at the Arts Tech place in Bangalore called Jaaga
- The popularity of apps and deciding to move on from her website
- Getting a chance to see how record keeping was done at one location and creating an app
- Why garden planning and record keeping is so important
- Compiling a history of your personal garden or farm
- How to set up your information in the app
- Dedicating herself to make the app work
- How the app has some stuff private, and some stuff public to help share information
- Tackling the dirty phone concern
- The response from the public for the first season
- Where to find the app
- The capacity capabilities of the app
- Expectations for how the app might evolve over time
- Making the app free and how it can pay for itself
As well as:
- Her failure – The World Food Garden website and how she spent way too much money
- Her success – Co-founding a neighborhood organization to fight a re-zoning effort
- Her drive – Activism, and making the world better
- Her advice – Quiet the mind and listen to the heart
Eve’s Book recommendations:
Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition
by Toby Hemenway
Producer’s note: Click here to listen to Toby’s Hemenway’s Podcast.
How to reach Eve:
Download the App – FarmFollow on Googleplay
Website: Farm Follow