farmOS: agricultural record keeping software (as a service)

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New Features, NOFA Video, Documentation Updates, and more!

Newsletter Issue 22 -  October 5th, 2017

Hello farmOS community!  Lots of news to share!  It's been a busy few months, and I haven't had a chance to send out a newsletter - so some of this is old news now.  Hopefully your busy seasons are winding down and you have some time to explore farmOS.

Two new releases: Beta 14 and Beta 15!

First off, I put out TWO new farmOS releases since the last newsletter: Beta 14 and Beta 15.  Beta 14 had a lot of new features, and Beta 15 was just a couple of little bug fixes

If you have a farmOS site hosted on Farmier, you've already been upgraded automatically.  If you don't, you can try farmOS free for 30 days.

Here's are some of the highlights:

  • CSV imports of all asset and log types
  • Task assignment keeps track of who is working on what
  • Log categorization to better organize records
  • Compost management
  • Easier UI for adding Plantings

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

NOFA Summer Conference Recap

The NOFA Summer Conference in August was a lot of fun!  We had a tent set up for Farm Hack and farmOS, with 2 culticycles, farmOS demos, and lots of neat gadgets.  I presented a session on farmOS, which I recorded and uploaded to Youtube.  You can view the full video via the link below.

Watch the session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8ouL9Et98o

Thanks to everyone that attended!  And also worth noting: the bugs that we found during the NOFA session were fixed in the Beta 15 release. ;-)

Documentation Updates

Leading up to the NOFA conference, I added a bunch of new pages to the farmOS documentation on farmOS.org. Here are some of them:

Other Announcements

Bionutrient Food Association's Soil & Nutrition Conference

I have been working closely with the Bionutrient Food Association and Our-Sci.net on a project called the Real Food Campaign, which aims to enable citizen science data collection of food quality data, and link that back to the growing practices that produced them.  We will be discussing the project at the BFA's 7th Annual Soil & Nutrition Conference.  If you're interested in learning more, get in touch!

Southern SAWG Conference 2018

I will be at the 2018 Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Conference in Chattanooga, Tennesee this coming January.  There will be a farmOS session on Saturday, January 20th from 9:45am to 11:15am, as well as a farmOS booth in the exhibition hall where you can come talk to me and see farmOS in action.  If you're in the area, please attend!  Conference registration information is available at http://www.ssawg.org/registration.

Farming for the Future - PASA Winter Conference

Brooks Miller of North Mountain Pastures and I will be hosting a half-day hands-on farmOS workshop at the 2018 Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture's "Farming for the Future" Conference in February.  We will walk through the set up process of a farm in farmOS, and talk about how to make the most of record keeping.  More details to come, but in the meantime you can go to the confererence website to learn more.

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 October 11th at 1pm EST / 5pm UTC.

For more information, including the 2017 schedule and a link to the Google Hangout, see: http://farmos.org/community/monthly-call/

What's next?

Here is the tentative roadmap for the next release of farmOS, that I am working on now: https://www.drupal.org/node/2903897

Until next time...

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

-Mike Stenta