Farm Management Applications From Seed to Sale: Keeping Records for Enterprise Budgets


Thursday, January 13, 2022


6:00pm – 7:30pm


Virtual Online Session  



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LINK TO January 13, 2022 Workshop Recording

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Learn about keeping farm production records to make sense of your costs of goods, inputs, and labor.  Learn how to use data to determine which crops are making you money and which are not. We will also learn about setting up your chart of accounts to facilitate enterprise budgeting in Quickbooks.


Julia Shanks of Julia Shanks Consulting.  Julia brings a broad range of professional experience to her clients, from pilot to chef to serial entrepreneur. She combines the practicality of an accountant with the creativity of a chef. Julia draws on a variety of tools and methodologies to support her clients’ growth and success: from writing businesses plans and creating financial feasibility models to recipe development. She is the author of The Farmer’s Office: Tools, Tips and Template for Successfully Managing a Growing Farm Business and The Farmers Market Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide to Enjoying Fresh, Local, Seasonal Produce.  Julia is a QuickBooks certified Pro Advisor.

Ruby Metzner has been raising pigs with her husband and two daughters at Raven & Boar Farm in Columbia County, N.Y. since 2008.  They raise over 200 heritage-breed, whey-fed pork to restaurants in the NYC area. They now also operate an integrated farm with both livestock and produce.

We will also hear from two software platforms about how to customize your records to capture important information:  Tend and FarmOS about optimizing your data to help you manage production decisions.

Michael Stenta is the founder and lead developer of farmOS a web-based application for farm management, planning, and record keeping with the aim of providing a standard platform for agricultural data collection and management. Michael relies on his extensive knowledge as a web developer and farmer to build an online community committed to providing free and open source software to farmers, researchers, and organizations. His process is rooted in direct experience working on and with farms around the country, both in the soil and in computer code.

Kirstin Auker is the Director of Product, Customer Experience and Growth at  She is an experienced farmer and produce distributor with over a decade of procuring and growing organic produce.  She specializes in agricultural operations and sales, supporting produce supply and distribution both “on-farm” and “onsite” at Bay Area AgTech start-ups. She is passionate about developing tools in the AgTech industry to meet farmer's needs and building systems to help small scale farmers grow quality food and run successful farming businesses.