Are there software programs available for planning and designing small farms?
Answer: While there are many programs available for garden and landscape design, there are only a handful of programs designed for the small farm. And those available tend to focus more on management practices, recordkeeping, and marketing. That said, many of these programs include or can incorporate mapping and crop-planning features. Here are some software programs and apps that ATTRA is familiar with: SoftwareThe Vegetable Garden Planner, by Mother Earth Newswww.motherearthnews.com/garden-planner/vegetable-garden-planner.aspx#axzz3GQxcOx8ZAn interactive tool that can help figure out what, when, and where to plant.AgSquared, by AgSquared LLCwww.agsquared.com/Farm recordkeeping software that includes mapping features and crop planning.COG Pro by Certified Organic Business Solutionshttps://cog-pro.com/Specifically designed software for certified organic farms. iPad and iPhoneGrow Planner App by Mother Earth Newswww.motherearthnews.com/grow-planner-gardening-app.aspxWhen to Plant App by Mother Earth News:www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/when-to-plant-app-gardening-tool.aspxGarden Compass by Garden Compasshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/garden-compass-plant-disease/id605855033?mt=8Garden Plan Pro by growveg.comhttp://gardenplanpro.com/In addition, the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is responsible for soil and water mapping and has created several maps, data, and mobile apps that can be downloaded and, in some cases, uploaded into other software programs. To learn more, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/home/?cid=stelprdb1049255.You might also check out Farm Hack, which is an open-source farm-sharing platform. Over the past several months, there have been quite a few posts on Farm Hack focusing on farm and crop-planning software programs that individual farmers have created. The Farm Hack website is http://farmhack.net/home/.