Grow Observatory: participatory citizen science for growing food

Signal of change / Grow Observatory: participatory citizen science for growing food

By Michelle Lai / 12 Oct 2017

This signal was originally written on 6 Sep 2016.

Grow Observatory, a citizen science platform, is amongst the citizen observatories being launched in the later part of 2016. Grow invites the community to share data on land, soil and water resources, such as soil moisture quantities - to push for a smarter and more sustainable stewardship of our food and environment systems.

The platform will include a soil testing kit, a Massive Open Online Course for users, with frequent engagement with the broader European community, including scientists and policymakers.

Launched in November 2016, the platform seeks to connect dispersed communities, citizen organisations in issues relating to food justice, sustainable agriculture, and land.

So what?

The engagement and inclusion of the broader community, especially community farmers and hobbyist gardeners, opens up new knowledge bases to tap on in terms of understanding and plugging in gaps for the regional and global food system, exposing the links between food, and farming.

The datasets will compile information across countries, greatly benefiting efforts on sustainability, with regards to the environment and climate change.


International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. The Next Generation of Citizen Observatories.

Community Research and Development Information Service. (July 21, 2016). GROW Observatory.

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