Farm Software - I created some

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Gary in AL, Aug 4, 2006.

  1. Gary in AL

    Gary in AL Well-Known Member

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    I mentioned several months back about creating some software to help farmers. I guess I'm a wanna be although I have chickens and three different organic gardens. What I am is a software developer so that's what I did. I have created a system that I am praying can help small to medium farmers get a hold on all the things they have to do and keep up with. I worked with a meat producer CSA and a produce CSA in putting this together. So far an Ag college here and the state dept of Ag have bought about a dozen copies to hand out to local farmers for evaluation. When we get those results back we will be enhancing the system with their recommendations. I had to charge something for it so people will use it, if someone doesn't have something to lose they will normally just let it sit. I hope this isn't taken as an advertisement, it is not, I just want to know what you think. You can download a 30 day free trial and there is somewhat of a features list you can get to on the home page. Please let me know what you think. Gary www.farmhandsoftware.com
     
  2. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

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    It looks nice, I will be interested in seeing what those farmers say. Are they all small time farmers or big agribusiness type farms or a mix? It's a bit pricey for someone starting out, so I expect it to be only really for those making a real go of it. The successful ones.

    What kind of upgrades in the future will you support for those who buy it? I mean if someone buys it now and you get a lot of feedback to improve it, will they have to repurchase it again?
     

  3. Gary in AL

    Gary in AL Well-Known Member

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    ZYG,

    It is for small to mid size farmers. Once you purchase it you free tires for life. I didn't think the $99 intro price was pricey because that will probably become the selling price. Our state dept of Ag is looking at subsidizing the $99 based on the farmers yearly income. If you r familiar with Heifer International they have bought a couple of copies for evaluation and possible distribution. I am working on it all the time trying to make it better. Gary
     
  4. MaineFarmMom

    MaineFarmMom Columnist, Feature Writer

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    I have an acre market garden. I'm still planting and will be harvesting into November. The software is downloading now.

    If it's a dependable, useful tool it will help someone starting out get off to a stronger start. Kind of like buying a good shovel instead of using a trowel.
     
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    Caitedid The Prairie Plate Supporter

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    Gary- thanks for getting Heifer involved with this. I've spent about 11 months volunteering for them full-time, and i can say that they really do put their money where their mouth is, unlike so many charities. Caite
     
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    sisterpine Goshen Farm Supporter

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    I'm so excited !! Been waiting so long !! Thank you so much!! demo is downloading as i type- guess we are gonna have to keep you around after all LOL , sis
     
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    sisterpine Goshen Farm Supporter

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    OO downloaded it and unzipped it , whatever that is but now every time i click on the screen icon it just unzips it again?
     
  8. Gary in AL

    Gary in AL Well-Known Member

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    Sister,
    It created a directory on your C: drive called FarmHandDemo_Work. GO there and double click on the setup.exe. THat should do it for you. I really want to know what I need to change or enhance, So, let me know. Gary
     
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    gary..just d/l and it looks possible..I,ll have the wife look at it ..she,s the brains..I,m just the sex symbol..

    Gord in BC
     
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    mistletoad Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Looks good - I'm downloading it too. Have been looking for a decent program for our CSA, hopefully this is it!
     
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    mistletoad Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Me again. How can I get rid of the pictures? I can't read the options because the font is paler than the image.
     
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    Gary in AL Well-Known Member

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    DB -
    There is a way to run this language on Linux. I am setting up a Red Hat server this week. I will try it and see what I need to do. Gary
     
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