How to Create a Free Online Store for Your Farm – April 9, 7-9 p.m.

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from Chatham County Extension Agent Debbie Roos:

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our world in a very short time frame. It’s been a stressful and sometimes confusing time for everyone as we adapt to functioning in this new reality. No matter the disruption in our lives, we still need to eat, and farmers have been working overtime in the past few weeks to continue to provide food in these challenging times. One local farmer told me she had received about 1,000 messages in one week through phone, email, text, and social media from folks wanting to order or join the farm’s community-supported agriculture (CSA) program.

Farmers and farmers’ markets are working hard to implement social distancing and good hygiene practices to minimize risk to customers and vendors. One way to reduce contact is to have customers pre-order items and pay in advance so that they can pick up their purchases quickly, often without even getting out of the car!

I wanted to be able to help farmers manage these pre-orders and offer a way for customers to pay online so I’ve been conducting webinars on setting up online stores. I just finished the first four webinars and we had almost 700 participants register from all across the U.S.! Folks are still contacting me wanting to register so I decided to do another one in April.

I plan on recording the webinar soon but participants have told me they value the live interactive format which is why I scheduled another one.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center will offer a webinar on How to Create a Free Online Store for Your Farm on Thursday, April 9, 2020, from 7–9 p.m. Agriculture Extension Agent Debbie Roos will walk participants step-by-step through the process of setting up a basic, free online store through Square that will allow folks to accept pre-orders and payments for items to be picked up at the farm, farmers’ market, or other location.

As long as you have Internet access you won’t even have to leave home to attend this training.

This webinar is free but pre-registration is required.

Register online

Registrants will receive an email from me before the webinar with details about how to log on.