Directly connecting with shoppers is more important than ever. Help them find you through online platforms for CSAs, farm stands, farmers markets, grocery stores, and food delivery options in your area.
Online sales resources
List your farm on King County’s Local Food Finder Map. This new interactive map will allow consumers to search for CSAs, farm stands, and farms with online businesses.
Sign up for GrazeCart Mastery’s course (valued at $1,500) for free for 60 days to set up an online store.
Online Sales Platform Webinar by Oregon Tilth. Representatives from four online food sales platforms discuss how to prepare for the online sales marketplace, special considerations, and business/consumer safety.
Questions to consider when researching and deciding on an online platform sales software.
Online sales resources including direct sales software information (scroll down linked page), an extensive list of CSA marketing & selling tips, and general information created by the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF).
The National Young Farmers Coalition comprehensive guide on farm-specific sales platforms that support single-farm, direct sales. The guide provides an overview of 19 different platforms and the advantages and disadvantages to each software.
Reaching Consumers & Collaboration Opportunities
A directory of over 40,000 farms nationwide. You can add your farm, or update your information to make sure that consumers know how to purchase from you.
Sell your produce to Tilth Alliance’s Market Programs. Contact Kerri Cacciata to learn more.
Register for a webinar that delves into social media marketing for farms selling directly to consumers. It is a part of the Farmers’ Marketing Tools for Success series hosted by the CCOF Foundation. The webinar will be on May 19th from 12 to 1:30pm PDT.
USDA announced they will be partnering with regional and local distributors, whose workforce has been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities, to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat products. Learn about the program and listen to the press release.
Business Coaching and General Resources to Build Farm Resiliency
Business Impact NW is offering free counseling to help you navigate relief programs and resources in this uncertain economic time. Sign up for virtual individualized coaching.
Register to receive the webinar recording of “Farm Resilience and COVID-19 in WA State” hosted by Washington Young Farmers Coalition.
Active learning to Build Resiliency opportunities compiled by Cornell Small Farms Program.
Webinars & Learning Opportunities
New Day, New Way: Farmers Markets and COVID-19” webinar: COVID-19 is impacting farmers markets throughout Washington and beyond. This webinar is intended for the broad community that make farmers markets happen: vendors, volunteers, board members, managers, sponsors, and partners of every sort. Please forward to anyone interested hearing news from the behind “Info Booth” and helping to ensure farmers markets successfully endure this season. View the presentation from June of 2020.
Webinar recordings for produce and dairy farms during COVID-19 by Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development.
Cultivating Success is hosting several webinars on topics ranging from starting a CSA to best practices for farm deliveries. You can find their upcoming and recorded webinars (scroll to the bottom of the page) on their website.
Mental Health Resources
Washington State University Agriculture Department Stress management tips and mental health resources.
“Protecting Your Mental Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak” from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Resources on managing farm related stress from University of Maryland Extension.
Tips and additional resources on how to manage stress during the pandemic.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE) has advocates available 24/7 to talk to anyone who is experiencing domestic violence, looking for information or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
List of resources for your mental and emotional well-being compiled by Washington State COVID-19 Response.
Additional Business Resources & Resource Directories
Farm King County’s Marketing Resources created by Farm King County.
Business resources from Business Impact NW including one-to-one coaching sessions, live online Q&As, and a COVID-19 Information Library for Small Businesses.
Washington State’s Department of Agriculture list of COVID-19 resources for small and direct marketing farms
Apply to accept EBT as a direct marketing farmer.
Free legal resources and podcasts for farmers by Farm Commons