Farmers need to manage a complex web of information to build a successful business. The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is working to help farmers leverage the power of information using FarmOS, a free, open-source, web-based application for farm management, planning, and record keeping. FarmOS can be flexibility organized to track assets and operations on a variety of farm types, including produce, livestock, and dairy farms. FarmOS can make it easy to track planting and harvest dates, feed inventories, and pest management applications. FarmOS can run on smartphones and tablets, making it easy to stay on top of recordkeeping in the field and make better decisions all season-long.
In this workshop, Brooks Miller will help attendees set up a FarmOS account for their farm and start organizing recordkeeping tasks. Brooks is the co-owner North Mountain Pasture, an 80-acre diversified livestock farm in Perry County, Pennsylvania. Since 2013, he has been using FarmOS to track farm operations, and has found that efficient recordkeeping has really helped improve productivity and profitability. Brooks will help attendees get started in FarmOS and share some case studies for how this tool has improved his business. He’ll also offer some ideas for how FarmOS can be used to support farmer-driven research and to share knowledge across the sustainable farming community.
This workshop will be held at the Village Acres Farm and Food Shed in Juniata County. To make the most of this event, attendees should plan on bringing a laptop computer. Tablets or smartphones can be used to access and enter data, but setting up a farm account is easiest on a computer. PASA will also have 2-3 laptops available for use. This is a free event. Registration will close on Sunday, April 2.