How Food2Soil Creates a Sustainable Future with Glide

May 2021

Food2Soil is a thriving network of neighborhood compost hubs in San Diego, California. They're a coordinated group of compost technicians, who replenish depleted soil with nutrient-rich compost, with a mission to build a future that is resource-wise and resilient.

We had the chance to talk with Sarah Boltwala-Mesina, the founder of Food2Soil.

The Challenge

Food2Soil is big on tracking data to improve how they work. Pen and paper were their initial tools, but as their operational footprint expanded, it was clear that a digital solution was necessary.

 
We went down the road of doing custom app development, and in hindsight, we just were not ready for it. Just as the custom-coded app was getting developed, our processes had evolved to the next stage, and the app became this white elephant that technicians just hated using.
 

Building a custom app for their work in a fast-paced company was a difficult, expensive proposition.

 
It was time to say, "OK, we definitely need a digital solution!" The paper copies were getting lost. What are the digital solutions? Are we going to create one? We didn't have the money to sink into another app. Then, I found Glide.
 

The Solution

It was clear that Food2Soil needed a digital solution that would keep their existing processes organized, and grow with their systems as they scaled. When they discovered how they could use Glide to modernize their workflows, it was a game-changer.

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SoilFarmer app made by Food2Soil using Glide, an app for their technicians.

 
Of course, our processes are still changing, and that's the beauty of Glide. It can change with us.
 

As the world moves faster every day, Glide wants to let businesses, organizations, teams, creators, and everyone else modernize their workflows and become more efficient.

 
The technicians are precise in how they cultivate our compost, tracking extensive data for each batch as it goes through the cycle of food to soil. This data collection allows us to learn from each other. Our systems are constantly improving and with Glide the flow of information has become so much faster.
 
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They not only used Glide for their processes but also for creating more meaningful relations with their community than in the past:

 
Glide also allows us to communicate even better with our community. We want to change the perception of compost and make it a natural part of every community. Everything is getting uploaded via our Glide apps, and our social media manager takes the photos from there to share them.
 
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Glide's mission is to create a billion new software developers by 2030. To achieve that goal, we make it easy for anyone to build fit-to-purpose apps without code, using basic spreadsheet skills.

 
When you manage your data in a spreadsheet database, Glide is amazing. It's more efficient and more organizationally prudent to use all that data for your front end.
 

But we want not just to help anyone build apps—we want app developers to be delighted and have fun in the process.

 
The design capabilities of Glide are gorgeous and customizable and we just love it... It's just so much better, and it's wonderfully useful. That same information from the database can be presented in different ways that users can interact with directly.
 

Hundreds of thousands of people like Sarah use Glide for work, for good, and for thousands of other amazing projects that surprise us every day. What they all have in common is how apps built with Glide improve the way they coordinate with their teams. We are so inspired by seeing how Glide empowers people to bring their ideas to life. We hope you found this story inspiring, too, and stay tuned for more Glide Stories!

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