Urban Agriculture Tool Lending Library

This project will allow the Indy Tool Lending Library (iTooLL) to include tools for urban gardening and farming, expanding Kheprw’s role as a hub for urban farmers and gardeners to develop relationships and share skills and resources.

The library would include equipment like tillers, sod cutters, hoes, rakes, etc., as well as basic tools for constructing raised beds, like cordless drills. Each time a tool is checked in or out of the library is an opportunity for knowledge and skills to be shared around the use of that tool and about gardening more generally.

Currently iTooLL lends media production and event equipment, everything needed to host a block party (e.g., canopies, PA systems) or produce a TV show (e.g., laptops with software, cameras & lighting). iTooLL has the systems and processes to quickly implement an easy, user-friendly way for people to check out the farming equipment, having already implemented a reservations system that works on a mobile-ready internet application and established open hours twice a week. More info at https://iamcoop.org/itooll/

Where are you at with the solution? Idea stage

Why might this be a valuable solution for Indy? Lending tools creates access to the resources people needed to start or improve their gardens/farms and sparks a connection to a broader community to share skills, build relationships, provide food for themselves and their families, and connect with Kheprw Institute’s Community Controlled Food Initiative, leading to possible economic opportunity selling their own produce.

What resources, advice or support would be helpful for you in moving forward? Funding to purchase tools, market the project and update the tool lending library website.

Lead contact: John Gieryn

Email: jgieryn@kheprw.org

Comments 3

  1. Great concept, you should talk with the guys at Glassboard, they recently won the Best Overall at the IoT Civic Hackathon with the creation of The Smart Tool Crib. Let me know if you need an intro…

    “a prototype concept created to help secure lab and manufacturing assets quickly and easily using off the shelf development kits, electromagnetic locks, Bluetooth beacons, and infrared proximity sensors.”

    http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/05/prweb14298575.htm

  2. Another group you might be able to connect with is KIB (keep Indianapolis beautiful). They might be able to help with some funding staffing of the library. They might be more open to it if you included lawn upkeep tools like lawn mowers, trimmer, etc

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