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Farmzie & NC DIT Helping Farmers Bridge Technology Gap
Quickly identified and resolved a technology issue affecting NC farmers markets
Most small farms, which make up 95% of America’s farms, rely on high-speed internet in order to run their business successfully. Without reliable internet service, their ability to process credit cards and successfully make sales is disrupted. Upon realizing the problem, Farmzie and NC DIT partnered up to quickly identify and resolve the issue. Soon after, the Farmers Market Network rolled out an update to all state-run farmers markets, in addition to numerous public Wifi Access locations. Mike Jones, of Mae Family Farms, was glad to have the issue fixed and said, "It's been an ongoing problem since I've been a vendor here. With apps like Farmzie, it's becoming a necessity for farmers to have reliable internet access. We're grateful to Farmzie and NC DIT for working together to improve this."
Griffe Youngleson, CEO of Farmzie, said working with NC DIT local area network (LAN) support staff was pleasant and efficient. "It was far easier then erecting wireless antennas on top of water towers, like we did in Rutherford County", he continued, lightheartedly alluding to a hurdle that Youngleson faced several years earlier while helping to get internet connectivity out to farmers in the rural North Carolina foothills. "Solving technical hurdles for farmers has become my life", he added.
Youngleson says they will continue to work on improving internet access and issues, such as upgrading internet connections and fixing wifi hotspots for farmers across North Carolina.
Farmzie has also set up a helpline for users that experience any further problems connecting to or using the Farmzie App that can be reached by calling (877) 804-FARM (3276).
Farmzie is a free platform which connects farmers to markets while providing them with powerful marketing and transaction tools. Farmzie helps Farmers Markets increase foot traffic and supports pre-ordering. Farmzie simplifies finding local fresh food for consumers, restaurants, grocery chains, and distributors.To learn more, visit: www.farmzie.com
Anna Levitsky, Farmzie