Anyone that knows the work of farmers, spare time and easy living are two conditions that rarely apply to them. So when there’s a tool that can increase their ability to focus on their farming, and is affordable and relatively easy to use—that’s a big deal.
This is a press release that we received from LocalHarvest, a direct farm to eater organization announcing a software tool they have created to help CSA farmers keep their accounting management under control. Since many of our audience include farmers, we decided to publish their release in its entirety:
CSA Manager helps CSA farmers manage their business operations
“LocalHarvest, a nationwide farm-to-consumer website, is launching a new online management service for small- to medium-sized community supported agriculture operations. LocalHarvest CSA Manager is an affordable, easy-to-use CSA management system offering all the tools a farmer needs to run and grow their CSA business.
CSA Manager provides customer, harvest, and delivery management at the flip of a switch. CSA Manager does much of the administrative work that can be burdensome to CSA farms, allowing the farmer to focus on growing good food and connecting with their customers. CSA Manager streamlines a farm’s record keeping. It accepts payments, generates harvest and packing lists, signup sheets and labels, automates member communications, and stores and tracks the farm’s accounts all in one place.
LocalHarvest revolutionized CSA management in 2009 with the introduction of CSAware. Numerous medium- and large-scale CSA operations now trust CSAware with their operations. With LocalHarvest’s latest offering, online CSA management software becomes more accessible. CSA Manager bundles the essential features of CSAware into a lower-cost, easy-to-use package.
“For years, we dreamed of harnessing the power of the Internet to improve our members’ experience and more efficiently manage our CSA. LocalHarvest’s CSAware is that dream come true,” said Thomas Nelson of the Capay Valley Farm Shop. LocalHarvest now brings the same experience to CSA farms of any size with the new CSA Manager service.
Working with local farms since 1999, LocalHarvest reaches millions of people a year in search of locally-grown food. Not only can CSA Manager help farms better manage their CSA logistics, LocalHarvest can also help farms find new customers. In an increasingly competitive market of farm-fresh produce and delivery services, finding and retaining CSA customers is key to building a strong business.
For a limited time, LocalHarvest is offering CSAs the first month of LocalHarvest CSA Manager for free. LocalHarvest provides online tools that help family farms thrive. CSA Manager is an indispensable service for the community-supported agriculture movement.”