Hungarian MyFarm community

Dear Foodcoops hosting,

I hope this email finds you well. My name is Timea, and I am a Business Analyst at a Hungarian based IT company, InterMikrum.

Our organization got in touch with a community-supported agriculture named MyFarm. They have a quite a well-functioning website (which is almost like a webshop), but we have been informed about the software and are interested in leveraging its capabilities to enhance this farm management processes. They have been successfully running their farm operations for many years and believe that the integration of could greatly benefit their existing systems. After thorough research and positive recommendations from other users, we are confident that this software aligns perfectly with our requirements.

I have tried the demo version of and read all the useful documentation. Also I have a few questions left.
As we are deeply interested in integrating this software into this farm operations, we would be sincerely grateful if you could address the following questions:

  • is it possible to operate in a kind of subscription mode? There are seasonal baskets that customers can subscribe to and receive the product on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

  • is it possible installment payment schedule?

  • is it possible to deliver more than one garden to a customer? In the demo version I found that a seller can belong to a group of buyers, but is it possible the other way around?

  • is there a possibility for communication between buyers and farmers? Is it possible for customers to send feedback directly to the seller?

  • is there a known tool that can be used to manage deliveries?

Thank you for your attention to this matter, and we sincerely look forward to your kind response.

Best regards,

Borsos Tímea
Business Analyst

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Thank you for your message, and it is nice to hear you may find Foodsoft useful. Foodsoft is not per se made for community-supported agriculture, but it might be that there are CSAs using Foodsoft (I would be interested to hear). A short answer to your points:

  • Subscriptions: not supported.
  • Payment schedule: not built in. There are some groups who have a kind of regular contribution mechanism, and there are several ways in which this is done, depending on the specifics of how the foodcoop works.
  • Multiple 'garden’s: there is support for multiple suppliers. An ordergroup can have multiple members (e.g. who live in the same household) and buy together.
  • Communcation: there is a messages module for users. Foodsoft was built for food cooperatives, where the seller is not present as a person interacting with it, so also no messaging to the seller directly. But one could think of ways to make this work, perhaps.
  • Deliveries: there is quite some support in Foodsoft to help with distributing articles to users, e.g. printing various article lists. Not sure if this is what you mean.

If you are setting up something where you’d like multiple farmers to sell to people, and you want more centralized control, and no involvement of users, then I think Open Food Network may something to explore too.