Well I do not have the solution but two young men originating in Elmhurst, IL (where I live) do!
Here is the website so you can grab the whole story: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1273317380/where-does-your-garden-grow
This is a project just getting off the ground and it needs support. When you go to the website, you are seeing the Kickstarter Project webpage to collect pledges to raise the first $10,000. If they collect that then the project will be funded through Kickstarter. They are 1/3 of the way there and need a few more supporters to make it to $10,000 by June 15, 2012.
Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects that works with everyone doing things from collecting Oral histories, to public art to something as interesting as an app that thinks gardeners wanting to share with neighbors who are looking for what they have.
The program I want to introduce you to is called Where does Your Garden Grow? It was compiled by two young men. One a web designer and one a landscaper. Todd Jones has a business called Every Last Morsel where you can hire him to tend, create and monitor a garden in your urban space if you do not have the skill or time to do it yourself. He teamed up with Collin to create a way to track all the gardens and locations and what was growing there. From that simple beginning they realized if they crafted an open network it would allow people to share what they grow with others. Linking this into the urban gardening movement which is just getting started and wouldn't you be more interested in adding one more plant if you knew you could find someone in an instant who could use what you grew.
I love this concept and I wanted to promote the idea here because if they gather the start money then I might soon have an app where I can find someone who has extra chive blossoms and would be willing to share them with me in exchange for chive blossom vinegar! What a great idea this is!
What I love best is they have some great thank you gifts for pledging. You can pledge as little as a dollar but if you pledge as little as $5.00 you will get a thank you gift, including such clever items as seed packets with phrases of thanks like:
I donated to Kickstarter Project
and all I got was this silly thank you chard.
Thank you for helping us grow;
Lettuce return the favor!
So check them out and decide for yourself if you might like to pledge support to this or other worthy gardening projects through Kickstarter.