So, I am thinking of starting a CSA and I could find no free CSA managing programs (Perhaps someone has found differently? ) so I therefore decided to make my own. I used LibreOffice (aka OpenOffice) a free Excel-like program. The idea is (upon completion) to have the program free to small CSAs (large CSAs that employ slave-like labor will be discouraged by certain built-in limitations of the program). The workbook is almost done and can run on any computer that can do basic spreadsheets. At this point I'm looking for some things I might have missed that would definately be nice to have in such a program. I hope to release a "duct-tape" together beta version next week for those interested in "product testing". My goal is not to make a profit - I think making money off of small-time farmers ruins my ultimate goal. My goal is to encourage small farming, so please let me know, if you can anything you would like to see in a CSA manager.
So far it takes a harvest schedule you input and outputs a planting schedule, total seed cost, seed quantities by species. Species vary from winter-spring-fall-summer. Winter assumes mild weather or some sort of large, high intensity hoop-house environment and storage bins from late fall production.
Also, please let me know if you find any of this useful.
I may know a couple of local CSA's that could possibly be interested, as far as I know they're currently doing it all manually so having a program would be a wonderful time saver. I'll ask them when I see them at the market tomorrow morning and get some contact info to pass along if they are.
I had to put this to the side with a few colds. (Too much stress at the day job and more exposure than usual.)
I'm working out some bugs regarding seed quantities and more than ten items needing to be planted the same day. If you e-mail me with a heading like "CSA Manager" I can send a draft. My e-mail is email@example.com