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Help create an online system for bulk buying from local farmers!

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Help create an online system for bulk buying from local farmers!

Time: May 25, 2010 at 6pm to August 2, 2010 at 7pm
Location: The comfort of your own home :)
Event Type: harvesation, beta, buyers
Organized By: Alison F
Latest Activity: Aug 2, 2010

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Want to buy in bulk from local farmers? Want to help IthaCan create an online system to make local bulk buying easier?

We're creating an online farmers market will help you connect with local farmers who are selling products in bulk. We’re looking for a few committed volunteers to test the system and provide us with constructive feedback so that we can make improvements.

In the computer world, one stage of website testing is called “beta testing,” so you’ll be affectionately known as our “Beta Buyers.”

As a volunteer Beta Buyer, we’ll be asking you to:
1) check out the website and register as a “buyer”
2) regularly browse products and create your own wishlist of products you’d like to buy
3) make one or more purchases using the website, before September 2010
4) regularly report back to us about your experiences.

In return, you’ll:
1) have a unique opportunity to buy great local products
2) be able to shape the Harvestation experience
3) help our local foodshed become more self-reliant
4) get to know participating farmers
5) receive a few surprise thank you goodies along the way.

Of course, we understand that some people will want to simply use Harvestation once it’s perfected – and that’s great. Just let me know and I’ll contact you when the site is past the testing phase.

And, if you're a farmer interested in selling products through the site, please let me know that too.

Thanks! This project is a collaboration between IthaCan and local software company Authentrics, and it's funded in part by a NE SARE grant.

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Comment by Alison F on June 21, 2010 at 4:59pm
Check out the new Harvestation Widget! So far, six farms have listed about 50 items. At the site, you can search for products, buy directly from farmers, post wish list items, and more. Additional farmers and buyers are welcome to join.

Since we're still in the testing phase, we've set up an IthaCan discussion group specifically for Harvestation. Go ahead and join that, so you can post questions and feedback there. I'll be on hand to answer questions as they arise.
Comment by IthacaNancy on June 17, 2010 at 9:53pm
I'm sure I'll be buying some bulk produce too, and I'd be happy to try out the new system.
Comment by Alison F on June 12, 2010 at 7:57pm
Great, thanks so much, everyone! We're getting really close to "going live." Stay tuned...
Comment by Sharon Berger on June 3, 2010 at 1:09pm
I'd be happy to help out!
Comment by Alison F on June 2, 2010 at 8:08am
Thanks, crowjoy and Lindsay! We're busily getting things organized and will let you know when things get rolling... My garden is teeny tiny, so I plan to buy a bunch of produce in bulk this year.
Comment by crowjoy on May 25, 2010 at 12:39pm
Hee hee, I've unwittingly been a beta tester before (or so it seems) so I'm delighted to be asked! Count me in! I can think of at least 1 thing I'd like to put up that I won't be growing myself.

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