Today, I have added a new major, and strategic, feature, so useful for all citizen gardeners : the publishing and sharing of events related to horticulture and urban agriculture. Instead of showing them as a usual calendar, a new tab appears along the map, displaying with blue icons the events that occur in your area. As a result, you get what could become the first citizen and community events worldwide listing in the fields mentioned earlier.
The originality of this feature lies in the fact that this is you and me, anonymous citizens, who will publish these events, simply to serve our gardening neighbors and the collectivity. Additionally to the activities you organize and you wish to publicize (for example, an Incredible Edible meetup for the construction of new containers), if tomorrow you hear about the distribution of compost by your city, you will be able to right away add it on PlantCatching, without wondering if the city or someone else will publish it or not. The trick is to search and to mention the email address of the contact in the organizing entity. By doing so, he will receive an email from PlantCatching informing him that his event has just be published and that, in the future, he should himself add them.
At this point, you certainly understood the strategic aspect I was mentioning above. By handling ourselves the publication of horticultural and urban agricultural events, we also encourage the various organizations of these domains to join PlantCatching. Since they are composed of and work for gardeners, the mass of PlantCatching users should continue to increase.
I have to add that only entirely free events are allowed on the site. No way to add those with a commercial purpose, even if it’s only a part of the event (for example, seed sales or non-free courses). By developing this feature and by creating content useful to everyone, I will one day enable professionals to publish their paying events, while asking them to support the PlantCatching initiative with a modest fee. This is the first idea I have to make PlantCatching a durable project.
I let you add the first events you are aware of in your area. Together, let’s not only share plants and Incredible Edible initiatives, but also the great activities that occur around you.
Happy spring! happy gardening!
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