Tuesday, 17 June 2014 | MYT 1:10 PM

Urban farming app lets you find the ripest fruit in your neighbourhood

RipeNearMe puts sellers and buyers fresh fruit and veg together.

As the urban farming trend goes from strength to strength, a new app is hoping to encourage local communities to sell, share and swap local produce.

RipeNearMe” allows anyone to sell their fresh fruit and veg within the local area and lets users search locations to get a visual of the foods growing nearby.

Searches can be filtered by food or produce type and community members also leave comments and reviews for each food seller.

The foods display either a “growing” or “ripe” status, and users can then contact the grower to arrange to buy, swap or pick up the produce.

Gourmet users can save lists of their favourite foods in the community, and receive e-mails when the items are ready to eat.

The brainchild of Australians Alistair Martin and Helena Martin, RipeNearMe was inspired by the idea of cutting out wasted energy and connecting local food growers with consumers.

Currently in beta testing, the app is listed on crowdfunding website and lists sellers in Australia, the US, Britain and certain European countries.

It is one of several urban farming initiatives to hit the market recently – earlier this year “Niwa”, a connected growing system that allows users to produce fruit, vegetables and herbs at home, with the help of a mobile app, was unveiled.

Microgardens are also in the pipeline, with products like “Infarm” allowing urbanites to grow fresh produce from the comfort of their homes. – AFP Relaxnews

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle , Ripe Near Me , app , urban farming


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