Free Technical Assistance:
Curbside Pickup for Local Farms
We are the team from Farmhand Automation, a food tech startup in the Portland, Maine area, and in light of the COVID-19 crisis, we are looking for ways to use our skills to support our fellow Americans who are keeping food on our tables. We want to help farmers who provide food to local communities transition to 100% online ordering and curbside pickup to keep their staff safe.
Our state organic association MOFGA has releases a great resource for transitioning to online ordering in response to COVID-19 that you can read here.
We are offering completely free technical assistance to set up online ordering and curbside pickup for local farms that do not have the resources to quickly shift to online ordering and curbside pickup.
Keep your customers and employees safe
We believe switching to 100% online ordering and curbside pickup for farmers is the most efficient way to keep employees and the public safe. Simple tools and technology exist to easily and cheaply deploy online web storefronts to any food business within 24 - 48hrs.
We are gathering technical people to support local food businesses
We are gathering technical people to support local food businesses with these relatively simple efforts that we know you do not have time for. Please reach out to us for volunteer technical support.
We are donating our time completely free
We want to help, and our time and everyone we bring on to support are volunteers during this critical time.
Our Recommendations to Local Farmers
Move to 100% Curbside Pickup
Be Prepared to Transition to 100% Curbside Pickup with Online Shopping and Payment
Notify Your Customer Channels
Prepare Your Customers with Notifications in Store, On Facebook and On Your Website
Follow Instructions for Web Store Set Up
Follow Our Instructions for Preparing to set up an Online Ordering for Your Business
Example of a Web Store We Can Help You Set Up
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How To Get Prepared For Online Ordering
These are first steps to take if you’d like our technical assistance to set up a web store.
- Gather any information you can find for your product list including product names, descriptions, sizes, price, and photos.
- Be prepared to set maximums on critical products in your store like dairy, meats, etc.
- Prepare to change as many items as possible to single qty and not weight. This will dramatically increase the efficiency of executing customer orders as quickly as possible.
- If you would like to set up your own site and don’t need support, we're recommending everyone to take advantage of Squareup's free webstore. Squareup is the same account as the Square readers used for farm stands and markets. We are not connected with Square in any way; based on our research, it's the easiest platform to get started.