My name is Mike Stenta, and I started Farmier in 2012. Well actually, it started a few years before that...
Back in 2008, I found my way to Dharma Ridge Farm on the Olympic Penninsula in Washington State. During my time there, I worked under Zach and Haley as a farm apprentice: planting, weeding, harvesting, packing CSA boxes, and selling veggies at the farmer's markets. I also set them up with a website.
In 2009, I came back to the east coast, and began working with Tom and Lois on Snakeroot Organic Farm in Pittsfield, Maine. Tom and I shared an interest in website development, and we exchanged many ideas. We both agreed that farmers could benefit a lot from some information-age exposure and organization.
In 2010, Andy Meek and I started Spring Lake Gardens (now Good Bug Gardens), on his property in Sterling, Connecticut. It began as a 50-member CSA, with a handful of drop points throughout the state. I put together a website with an administrative interface for managing member signups, drop points, news, photos, recipes, and newsletters. The farm took off and Andy continues to run it to this day.
I took the core stuff that I built at Spring Lake Gardens, and have expanded it into Farmier. I want to share these tool with other farmers, so we can all grow and evolve together!