Whether you are a large scale farmer or a backyard gardener, it is good to know what your garden has provided in the past to help plan for the future. Crop and liveststock rotation, crop yeilds, head counts and equipment location are all vitally important when you are raising your own food, flowers or herbs. We are going to be reviewing some of the Farm / Garden Managment software that is available to anyone to use. If you have a program you like, leave us a comment and we will definatly check it out (if we haven’t already).
I’m currently set up on Farmier, it’s an open source program. This is a great program if you have a bigger operation. I like it because it can also help me keep track of all my livestock. Although it does not track my costs or income, it does help me keep track of my harvests and plantings. It is a bit chunky, and does not ping me directly on Google Maps (it is off by about 2 miles). I can create my garden design, mark out my chicken houses, hot house and even our fields. Let’s take a closer look at it.
- 30 Day Free Trial
- Map Farm Areas
- Planting and Harvest Records
- Livestock Records
- Equipment and Maintenence records
- Auto Backups and updates
- It seems bulky
- Has a larger learning curve then I would like
- It’s in Beta
- It’s Open Source
After your 30 day free trial, you can sign up for an annual fee of $50, which isn’t too bad of a price. The only thing really lacking is bookkeeping. I want to know how much I paid to grow a particular crop, and how much of a profit I made from it. This program lacks that ability.
Do you have a farm or garden management program you like? I would love to hear your comments about it.