If you are interested in starting your own online farmstand business using a model similar to ours, I can help you get started by giving you the information and tools you need to get your business off the ground. I offer personal 1-on-1 phone consultations, and can provide you with the software, methods, protocols and tools we use behind the scenes to make the whole system work. Deirdre and I have been working constantly for the last 4 years to create a system that is efficient and profitable, and we are very proud of the system we have built. We currently fulfill 100 custom orders per week, and the workload for us at this point is only 12-16 hours per week, allowing us to farm alongside the business. We built this model completely from scratch through much trial and error, and we want to save others the headache of all the mistakes we made along the way.
This could be a business all by itself, or it can be combined very easily with an existing farm. The sustainable agriculture movement needs more businesses like this to provide new markets for farms to sell their products, and a new way to connect with customers.
You will be able to learn:
What you need (and don't need!) in order to get started.
Where we purchase our equipment.
What software programs we use to manage the store.
How we use those programs for optimal efficiency and organization.
Workarounds we have come up with to get the software to do things it wasn't designed for, but we have found necessary.
Detailed instruction on how to handle the complicated logistics of packing custom orders smoothly, accurately and quickly.
How to source products, and approach others farms to get on board.
Detailed delivery logistics and cutting-edge ways to reduce cost of delivery.
Any other questions you have about starting an online market.
To hear the whole story of how we started, and some of the behind-the-scenes logistics, listen to our podcast with Diego Footer of Permaculture Voices. Diego and Curtis Stone of the Urban Farmer also named us 1 of 10 farms to pay attention to, primarily because of our webstore-farm combination. I would love to connect with you personally, and help you get your own webstore up and running!