With a weather or crop issue in your season, you may need to delay your first farm share delivery. We have developed some ideas for you to consider:
- Prevent delay by purchasing product from a neighboring farm or apply short season crops such as pea shoots or micro greens.
- Push back the start date a week and you can go longer in the season, but be aware that this will affect your next season deliveries, if applicable.
- Give them more produce on a given week or weeks, but you may run the risk of giving people too much food.
- Credits: This is a feature that we hope to have functional by mid-summer 2018. This will provide flexible credits that members can use to buy extras.
- Give them an add-on for free
Each of these options has its pluses and minuses, please contact Harvie staff to discuss what might work best for your farm.
What do I need to do:
- About two weeks ahead of your season starting, make your final decision. We suggest waiting to make this decision until you are absolutely sure it is necessary.
- Alert Harvie as soon as you decide, so we can make the appropriate changes to your share schedule. Depending on what option you are choosing, Harvie staff will need to make some updates to your member data to account for the changes.
- Communicate to your customers
- Inform your members about the start delay and how you will make up the share.
- If the member has rescheduled any deliveries or put any boxes on hold, ask them to check their profile to see how this change has affected those adjustments, so they can make the appropriate changes.
- Be careful about being too apologetic because part of the being a farm share member, means that they are taking the risk with the farmer. This is an opportunity for education about the way weather affects a farm and growing crops!