As an IT person currently starting an homestead, I find overwhelming the number of tasks, projects, ideas, reminders and just general knowledge I acquire every day! I'm used to use many different tools to manage work and life, like task management, note taking etc.
However, I also like small, simple and very specific and centered tools. So I was wonder, would it be interesting to have a tool specific for homesteaders?
Based on my own needs and experience so far, this is the kind of thing I would love to have in a tool:
* seed/planting calendar
* tracking plants/crops/livestock growth (perhaps notes and pictures included)
* tasks and reminders
* note taking by topics (eg. things I learned today about growing mulching)
* something energy related (i'm building my own solar pv system offgrid)
What do you think? What would it need to do to be very useful to you and your homestead? (and by very useful I mean that you wouldn't mind spending a few bucks a month to use it)
I'm also a developer and have been considering this! I'm starting with a plant database with advanced search functionality (searching for companion plants for x plant or plants with y water needs that are perennial and zone z, etc) but these are all interesting features to consider. As such I'd also be quite keen on learning what folk would be interested in.
I think the hardest part would getting the disparate sub-tools to work smoothly and easily together in an overall app and finding ways to make this more useful than just writing your notes on paper or typing them into a sheet. Data visualization would be one easy way to make this more useful to the end-user. Being able to see plant productivity over time or some data vis around your animals' health might be nice, etc. Being able to utilize data from related IoT devices like moisture sensors (again with some data vis to make things easier to grock) would be super cool but it would rely on a hardware with an open API.
Were you thinking as far as tech stack? Are you going to go native mobile or like mobile web or just web?
Diego Footer on Permaculture Based Homesteads - from the Eat Your Dirt Summit