Farmigo contacted me to review & write about their product. At first, I have to say I wasn’t sure this was for me, but after talking with the folks at Farmigo, I saw what a very different & interesting farm-to-table resource this was for fundraising or just adding extra income to the household. Let me start off by telling you what it is, how it works & what my experience with it has been.
What is Farmigo?
Farmigo assists local farms with their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) while recognizing the fact that more people want flexibility in their farm-to-table food experience, by way of choice & ease of acquisition. Farmigo uses a variety of local farms to bring in season organic local foods right to you.
Farmigo works with communities of people through workplaces, community centers, schools & other locations to provide food directly from local farms where they provide a personalized website for each community to order exactly what they want. Tired of the CSA mystery box? Order only fresh eggs, cauliflower, peppers & avocados, if you wish. These items get delivered within 48 hours of harvest to the community's designated pick up spot weekly. Orders can be modified weekly & can be put on hold at the push of a button.
Farmigo is currently building communities across California and New York.
How does Farmigo work?
A community leader or a “champion” signs up to organize the community & coordinate the food distribution. To start a community, at least 20 orders must be placed for it to be profitable for the community leader. It takes about 2 weeks to gather interest & have your own community set up. The online sign up is a breeze.
The “champion” earns 10% of the total sale of produce for weeks that the champion has 20 or more orders.
This can be used as additional income for families needing a little bump or it can be used as a fundraiser for any group, school, church, community center, etc.
The unique thing about Farmigo is that the consumer can order only what they want while still having the option to order the traditional mixed box. Consumers can do this all online without having to make the weekly farmer’s markets (and without having to have cash on hand- which I never do!). It adds convenience to fresh organic food & builds a sense of community.
After doing some research, I decided I would jump on this opportunity to earn money for my daughter’s elementary school. With a healthy pool of families to support & the amount of food kids eat, I thought this would be a no-brainer for fundraising through organic local healthy food & the community it can build. Most of the legwork was getting the word out & finding interest. Being a kindergarten mom & not knowing many families, I really had to put myself out there & talk to EVERYONE. Which was actually really nice! I’m getting to know the people in my neighborhood & pretty much everyone I talked to was very excited about the opportunity to get fresh organic food so conveniently while helping the school.
In only two weeks we were up & running & had 31 orders the first delivery (today). I’m pretty proud, if I say so myself. I’m donating 100% of profits directly to the elementary school & volunteering all of my time. We had a VERY successful first run & I’m excited to see it grow. Farmigo left me samples of peppers & cherry tomatoes to share with the community & the kids were eating up the sweet cherry tomatoes like candy & the red peppers like popsicles. It was a fabulous sight to see.
I offer distribution hours at school pick up & since I live so close to school, I am also offering after hours pick up at home (for the working parents that have kids in after school programs). The girls love to help pass out veggies & love that so many of their friends are dropping by our house later in the day to pick up their orders.
It’s a total labor of love for me. I do love the community & what it’s doing for our school. It’s a constant stream of revenue for our PTA & the schools in California really need it. If you are up for it, I’d totally give it a shot. You can find out more about how to sign up to organize here. Though I have to tell you that after the day I had after volunteering at school all day (Tues. is my classroom volunteer day), then doing our Farmigo launch, at dinner (pizza, no way was I cooking!) we were joking about how 20 years from now, we’d all look back and say, remember when mom was all into selling vegetables at my school? ha ha ha ha! Sounds crazy, but that’s the stuff memories are made of.