RipeNearMe is a mapping platform that allow you to subscribe to local produce farmers, to help ensure leftover food doesn't go to waste. Gardeners and farmers can register trees to the site, and their neighbours can subscribe to their status updates, which indicate if the produce is ripe or not. Subscribers can then buy the produce or trade it for their own.
"We didn't want food to go to waste," co-founder Alastair Martin told Fast Company. "The tree is there 24-7, so we want to keep it on the map."
RipeNearMe serves as a social network where people spend months sharing updates about their tree's progress. Users can also friend each other and follow activity feeds. There are currently more than 3,000 users, most of whom are in New Zealand and Australia, but listings in the US and Canada are continuing to grow.
Martin, who founded RipeNearMe with his wife Helena, is currently running a crowdfunding campaign to help them continue development. Their goal is to reach $25,000 by June 27.
Learn more about RipeNearMe in the video below.