The Big Dig is all about getting people involved in their local community garden.

We hold national events to promote edible gardens and encourage people to volunteer.

Harvest-ometer

This simple online tool helps growers keep track of how much food they grow and how much money they save. 

It stores your yield data and converts it into a money value, meal value and makes great graphs that you can show friends, family, supporters or even funders!


Reasons to use the harvest-ometer

  • To see how much you and your volunteers can grow.
  • To include in funding applications or on your website.
  • Because good gardeners keep records to improve yields (see Sustain Grow More Food publication).
  • To help us show policy-makers that growing food has a high value.

How does it work?

Start using it today. Currently food growing groups in Birmingham, London and Manchester can register to use the Harvest-ometer.  Anyone else interested can contact thebigdig@sustainweb.org

  1. Register your garden on the city map
  2. Weigh and record your harvest
  3. Log in, select a produce type and enter
  4. View your harvest record, see its value
  5. Check progress on your graphs or export the data

Screenshots from the Harvest-ometer

The picture below shows a table of existing items entered into the Harvest-ometer, and the user adding some onions. Also shown on the right are the totals for this and previous years if available, along with the option to export harvest data.

 

This image shows 255 grams of harvested onion being recorded. Weight of harvest can be entered in grams or by quantity (per onion).

 

And finally this image shows the Harvest-ometer graph, and the option to view your harvest in terms of meals. You can also show data from previous growing seasons and filter by type of produce.

 

How was it developed?

The Harvest-ometer was developed by the Capital Growth network in London. To find out more read our Reaping Rewards publication or visit Capital Growth website.

 

The Big Dig

The Big Dig is a nationwide project which aims to get more people involved in community food-growing. The Big Dig is a project of Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming.

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