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Software firm focuses on helping small organic farms

Food & Drink

New Zealand-based Bucky Box is a software provider targeting small-scale farms.

There appears to be no end in sight to the urban and small-scale farming ventures popping up around the globe, so we were particularly intrigued to come across Bucky Box. Founded by one of the entrepreneurs behind Ooooby – which we covered back in 2010 – New Zealand-based Bucky Box is a software provider targeting small-scale farms. Similar in many ways to Pittsburgh web developer Small Farm Central, Bucky Box bills itself as “a digital operations team” for small companies that deliver organic produce. With easy-to-use software that automates orders, billing and logistics, the company aims to help propel the emerging decentralized food system in general — and local organic farms in particular — as they sell direct to customers via weekly boxed deliveries. Using Bucky Box’s web application, which is now in beta, weekly administration time can be reduced from two days to two hours, the company says; it also helps to streamline packing, delivery and support. As a social enterprise, meanwhile, Bucky Box reinvests the majority of its profits into non-profit ventures related to the new food system, including farming research, public awareness, and education. The video below describes the premise in more detail: Whether it’s the new bicycle culture, the DIY trend or the organic farming movement, someone has to support the ventures that make these social changes happen. IT entrepreneurs: could that be you?



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