Several business planning and recordkeeping programs and resources are available from a variety of sources–some free and many are available for purchase. Some lend themselves to hand-written records (some producers prefer this type); others are computer-based.
The purpose of this tool is to help you assemble the necessary documentation to apply for organic certification through an accredited certifying agent.
You might also browse some of the ideas and programs discussed at Cornell’s Northeast Organic Network: http://www.neon.cornell.edu/training/resources.html#software.
Small Farm Central’s “Member Assembler” integrates online CSA member sign-up, payment processing, and member management tools to create a package that will save CSAs numerous Spring hours, ease the sign-up process for members, and reduce data-entry errors.
“Our company was started on a simple premise: that better plans, streamlined management, and more complete records can help make farms more productive, more profitable and more sustainable.”
Whether you are new at starting a CSA farm, or already have experience, this online planning software can help simplify your planning. The Fantastic Farm & Garden Calculator handles all the heavy thinking for you, and you only need to enter the basic info about your farm and your growing needs.
Record-keeping for organic certification.