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farmOS Beta 13 Released

Newsletter Issue 21 -  May 23rd, 2017

Hello farmOS community!  farmOS version 1.0-beta13 has been released.

Give it a try with a 30-day free trial!  If you already have a farmOS site hosted on Farmier, you will be upgraded automatically.

Some of the new features in Beta 13:

I recorded a quick demo of the new features on YouTube:

  • CSV exports of all asset and log lists
  • Movements can be created from any log (ie: Activities, Observations, Seedings, Transplatings, etc)
  • Parental lineage tracking on plantings and other asset types (in addition to animals, which already had them)
  • Improved user interface with field groups and Bootstrap's Simplex theme
  • Multi-upload file and image fields
  • New Equipment fields: Manufacturer, Model, Serial Number
  • Docker image for local hosting and development:

For a full list of all the nitty gritty changes, see the official release notes:

Other Announcements

Food Safety Recordkeeping

I'm thrilled to annouce that I will be working with the University of Vermont Extension to build a set of modules for Food Safety recordkeeping in farmOS.  The goal is to make farmOS an option for farms that need to comply with the recordkeeping requirements of the Food Safety and Modernization Act's Produce Safety Rule.

In addition to Food Safety specific features, this project will also support the development of some general farmOS features that are already on the roadmap.  This includes a Compost module (for keeping track of compost piles, turnings, temperature observations, etc), a Water module (for recording the results of water tests, similar to the existing Soil Test module), a basic "Sale" log type (for creating a complete chain of traceability from production to sale), CSV importers for assets and logs, and more.

Expect to see some of these new features appearing in future releases of farmOS over the next few months.  We will be beta testing the Food Safety modules with a couple of farms in the northeast United States this year to gather feedback and make improvements.  If you are interested in learning more about this project, please feel free to reach out to me via

NOFA Summer Conference

I will be presenting a session on farmOS at the NOFA Summer Conference again this year, on Saturday, August 12th, 2017 at 1 pm. If you are in the area, please attend! If you're not, I will try to record the session and post it online.  More info here:

Monthly Calls

I host a monthly farmOS call via Google Hangouts for anyone interested in learning more or getting involved.  The next call will be June 14th at 1pm EST / 5pm UTC.

For more information, including the 2017 schedule and a link to the Google Hangout, see:

What's next?

I created two tentative roadmaps for the next few months. They will probably change, but if you're interested in seeing what's in the pipe, check them out:

Beta 14

Beta 15

Until next time...

Thanks for reading!  Give farmOS a try and let me know what you think!

-Mike Stenta