One of the big things we’re really grappling with this year at Concrete Jungle is that the amount of fruit trees we now have cataloged is starting to get a little bigger than we can comfortably remember. We’ve had the map in place for a while, and that’s been super useful for us (and hopefully some of you as well) for planning picks from our computer, but a lot of what we do when we’re actually out and about is based on memory. Part of that is because it was never particularly convenient to pull up our map from a phone when we were out somewhere.
At the same time, we wanted to make these things convenient for others too; we love it when people tell us about trees and want people to be able to find fruit trees that are nearby.
So, here’s the official announcement of our mobile food map. It can be reached by pointing your browser to http://m.concrete-jungle.org/. You can go there in a normal browser, but it will look just like a really big Google map.
When you load the map, it will attempt to geolocate your current position. The accuracy of this is out of our hands and will depend on your wireless (cell/wifi) service. It will do the best it can, and in our experience over the past month or so, it’s usually pretty close.
Tapping the marker icon in the top right will turn on nearby fruit trees.
Markers that appear can then be clicked on to get more info.
If you want to add to a tree to the database, you can tap the marker-plus icon in the top right of the map. A draggable marker will appear.
After placing the marker and editing the type of tree, you can add it to the database:
We’ve had countless times where we’re out and about and discover some random fruit tree. Now we can pull up our map, have it locate us, and add it to our database in a matter of seconds. And when we’re out checking on a tree to pick, we can easily pick up on things nearby.
So give it a shot! We’re not programmers by trade, but we’re trying to make something fun and useful for all, so if something doesn’t work quite right or if we opened up a huge security hole we’ll do our best to get it straight. Enjoy!