Frequently Asked Questions
  • What farms are most appropriate for the CSA Toolbox?
    • CSA Toolbox is highly flexible. It is designed for traditional CSA farms which sell shares based on the fixed weekly harvest. Our goal is to help CSA farms keep their records better organize, and to ease the hassle of managing large memberships.
  • Do my members have to pay with credit card?
    • The ability to pay with a credit card (with PayPal) is an option with CSA Toolbox. If you your members pay by check (invoice). In order to validate the order as paid you will need to enter the payment in to CSA Toolbox.
  • Does the CSA Toolbox integrate with our farms existing website?
    • Yes. With a few pieces of code members can log-in to the CSA Toolbox system directly from your website. We can also provide code so that members can sign-up for service or order shares. In the near further (2011) you can also change the background & colors to match your website
  • How much does the CSA Toolbox cost?
    • CSA Toolbox is based on a subscription model. Instead of paying upfront for the software, Farmers pay a yearly fee based on how many members have used the system. As a result, Farmers continuously get all the updates and improvements we make to the software. It also makes us responsible for providing Farmers with great service since farmers only pay for their service once a year in July. See our Pricing page
  • What is "Web Based Software"?
    • Web-Based Software is software you use over the internet with a web browser. You don't have to install or download any software. You also don't have to worry about upgrades, they are automatically as the web site is updated. If you use an on-line bank or web-based E-mail program like Hotmail then you've already used web-based software.
  • Why is Web Based Software better for my farm?
    • When you use web-based software you don't have to worry about anything technical you can just do your work. We handle all the uptime and backups and upgrades. You can stay focused at what you're good at, growing great food and serving your members and we'll handle the technical stuff.
  • Can I access the CSA Toolbox system from any computer at the farm or at home?
    • A key advantage to web-based software is that all your data is centralized and accessible over the web from any computer at any time. You can't leave something on the wrong computer since everything is stored in one place on the web. You can get to it from anywhere. Safe, secure, and password protected, of course. This means you can work from the farm or from home. You decide who at the farm you want to give access to the system.
  • Does the CSA Toolbox host website?
    • Sometimes, many CSA have a member that host their website, this sometimes is not the best option. We are available to host basic websites hear is one of the website that we host East Farms CSA