There's a lot of technology out there for small farmers and producers - so much, in fact, that it can seem overwhelming. Where do you even start?
We've started here - with a brief list of the some of the technologies we've come across designed for farmers/producers. We haven't tried these out ourselves - have any of you? Let us know how you like them, or what technologies you prefer, in the comments below.
Here is a list of software and apps designed specifically for producers and co-ops, to sell produce, manage CSAs, and manage supply chains.
Simple to use software for your CSA, Vegetable Box Scheme, Food Co-op, Artisan Bakery or Food Hub to automate orders, billing, and delivery
Casual: 1.5% per delivery, capped at $0.40; Standard: $45 monthly + 0.5% per delivery, capped at $0.20
CSA management software offered by LocalHarvest.org
2% of the cost of CSA products delivered, $100 monthly minimum, $300 down payment
Flock and egg production management tools for small, independent egg producers
Transaction platform for for farms, farm cooperatives, and local food artisans to streamline working with wholesale buyers.
Basic - Free,
Standard - $40/month,
Unlimited - $75/month
Transaction platform for consumers or work groups to buy direct from farms and CSAs; offers efficient CSA management tools for producers
2% of deliveries
Farm Link https://hawaii.localorbit.com
Local online marketplace that connects growers to consumers
Free for growers and buyers
Food Trace http://thefoodtrace.com/
Mobile and web-based service that simplifies supply chain information, providing better buying and selling tools for farms, artisans, food distributors and wholesale buyers
Free and paid plan
Harvest Hand http://harvesthand.com/
Offers CSA software, CSA farm/network map and other resources
$10 / member a year, first 10 members are free.
Local Orbit http://localorbit.com/
Supply chain and operations management software for food hubs and food aggregators
$69/year and up
Member Assembler http://www.memberassembler.com/
CSA member management software, developed by Small Farm Central
$38/month and up
Farm Commons http://farmcommons.org/
Nonprofit legal services organization providing proactive advice and counsel to farmers