Tech Systems Review

Help FRESHFARM Markets, Inc. understand how to optimize their technical infrastructure to improve their operational efficiency, and lower their overall IT costs.
FRESHFARM Markets, Inc.
Washington, DC, USA
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Posted May 5th

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What We Need
  • An assessment of Organization's IT infrastructure including costs, speed, reliability and security
  • Advice on various IT services and the cost-benefit associated with each option
  • Potentially more efficient and secure services
  • Note: This does not include tech systems set up or implementation
Additional Details

We need help finishing a tech audit and action plan for technology use within the organization - taking into account a lot of different needs among staff. We have performed an org-wide survey and have that data to share.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have survey results from staff, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have formed a tech committee to work on action plan, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $8,001 , allowing us to direct more funds into promoting sustainable agriculture and improving food access, education, and equity in the Mid-Atlantic region.

We have staff using a mixture of their own devices or company devices in the field and/or at home with very different needs/requirements. We want to develop a tech policy that would take all the factors into consideration & provide appropriate support to our teams.

Project Plan

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Prep: Information Gathering
  • Volunteer Manager describes current tech resources
  • Volunteer Manager describes the tasks and behaviors the Organization needs to complete regularly, and any associated technological constraints
  • Volunteer Manager conveys any budget considerations that might apply
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Milestone 1: Analysis & Recommendations
  • Professional assesses current tech resources and stated needs
  • Professional provides a list of recommended actions, along with estimated costs to implement and an assessment of how critical each item is
  • Volunteer Manager provides feedback, which is incorporated
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Milestone 2: Final Deliverable
  • Professional provides revised list of recommendations, along with cost estimates and preferred vendors to use for implementation
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About The Org

FRESHFARM Markets, Inc.
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Our Mission

FRESHFARM is a nonprofit that promotes sustainable agriculture and improves food access and equity in the Mid-Atlantic region. We operate producer-only farmers markets that provide vital economic opportunities to local farmers and food producers, pioneering food distribution programs that increase food access for low-income communities, and innovative food education that builds healthier communities.

What We Do

Farmers Markets: In 2019, FRESHFARM merged with Community Foodworks to become the largest farmers market organization in the Mid-Atlantic, and the third-largest in the country. Last year, our 27 markets resulted in $16 million in revenue for 240 farmers and local food producers. More than $400,000 were spent in food benefits and vouchers by low-income residents at our farmers markets to access fresh, local produce, including more than $120,000 in matching dollars.

FoodPrints: an education program that partners with 15 DC Public Schools to bring nutrition and culinary education, teaching kitchens, school gardens, and scratch-cooked cafeteria lunches to 5,800 students.

The Pop-Up Food Hub (PUFH): an innovative, low-infrastructure model of local food distribution that utilizes the farmers market space as a temporary hub to sort, pack, and then deliver healthy, local food to over 65 institutions that serve thousands of low-income individuals at an affordable wholesale cost. This program has doubled year-over-year since 2017, and has a vision to make farm-to-childcare universal in DC and provide seamless integration of healthy produce for healthcare partners.

Market Share: a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program that increases healthy, local food access to low-income communities by delivering weekly bags of healthy, local produce to convenient pick-up sites subsidized for people receiving SNAP, WIC, and senior benefits at a 75%-90% discount. In 2019, we delivered 7,121 Market Shares, saving $45,658 for low-income families.

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