Online information sharing platform for sharing land, skills and tools to grow food.
www.landshare.net is an online networking tool for citizens interested in land sharing, skills sharing and resource sharing to grow food. The platform aims at promoting information sharing of resources and the skills needed to produce food in schools, businesses, hospitals and churches in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.
The challengeA large area of productive land both in public and private ownership often remains vacant and unused. This land can be used for cultivation.
The innovationThe Landshare online tool (www.landshare.net) helps potential growers to find vacant land which is available for growing food, to share their skills and advise with others, and to swap surplus seeds and crops. Producing your own food helps to promote living a sustainable and healthy lifestyle as self-produced food is typically healthier and more sustainable compared to that which is purchased in a supermarket.
The Landshare tool allows the user to create a personal profile and share details about his/her location. The same website also offers other innovative matchmaking tools to facilitate contact between growers searching for land and landowners offering places to grow food. A group of six growers is needed to request a piece of land from a local council. Once growers find a suitable plot of land for prospective farming interests (e.g. growing vegetables, fruits, bees, chicken and other animals etc.) they can contact the owner of the spare land and request to use it. Once the owner accepts the growers’ request, both parties can fill in the Landshare’s proposed “pro forma agreements”.