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Find local, in-season produce with new app from MU Extension

July 11th, 2013

Collaboration among  faculty and students from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Computer Science, Human Environmental Sciences,  Engineering and MU Extension has resulted in the development of an app that will help consumers locate, store and prepare fresh local produce. The extensive collaboration required to carry out  this project indicates the  strong interdisciplinary culture at the University of Missouri.

Story by:  MU News Bureau

Finding fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables just got easier, thanks to an app developed by University of Missouri faculty and students. The free app, Seasonal and Simple, helps consumers find, choose, store and prepare fresh produce.

“In general, consumers are not eating enough fruits and vegetables,” said Cindy DeBlauw*, dietitian and MU Extension associate. “The app provides consumers with practical information, such as recipes, that help people make great-tasting, healthy dishes and ultimately, live healthier lifestyles.”

The content for the app is based on the longstanding MU Extension publication of the same name. DeBlauw approached campus colleagues Dale Musser**, associate teaching professor of computer science, and Mike McKean, director of professional programs for the MU School of Journalism, to see if students in their co-taught class could develop an app based on the material in the book.

“We decided to create the app in order to make the information more portable and easy-to-use when consumers make decisions about purchasing and preparing food,” DeBlauw said. “It was a great opportunity for the students to develop a product that would be used beyond the classroom.”

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