Next: Introduction to Crops
SeedLeaf is an online order management and crop planning tool for microgreens growers, but you probably know that already.
How it works is really quite simple. Read on below or skip to the video version at the end.
Or, heck, why not do both?
Ok, this is how SeedLeaf works:
Microgreens production starts with seed, SeedLeaf comes preloaded with over 40 seed types to get you started.
SeedLeaf comes preloaded with a list of customizable crops linked to each of the seeds. Each crop has unique characteristics such as seed soak time, days to maturity, days to germinate, sowing rate, and expected yield.
You create products customizable for each crop in terms of size, price, and description. (Note: You grow a crop and you sell a product).
You create a list of customers and store your customers' order, delivery, and contact information on SeedLeaf.
You place orders for your customers based on the products you have created for specific harvest dates.
SeedLeaf generates daily soaking, sowing, uncovering, and harvesting tasks based on all the above information to ensure you have the crops you need, when you need them.
When your harvest is done, it is time to do deliveries. SeedLeaf breaks down your orders by customer and product to make delivery preparation easy and organized.
SeedLeaf generates customer packing and sales reports on a product-by-product and customer-by-customer basis.
Thus, 8 components make up the foundation of SeedLeaf:
There are four important aspects of SeedLeaf (in its current iteration) that you should know about:
You have a set harvest day or harvest days each week - such as Tuesdays and Fridays. Set harvest days are not technically required, but you do need to allocate all your orders to a specific harvest day in order to generate your crop production tasks. Having set harvest days makes this (and many other things) much easier.
You have a five-step crop production process:
Soaking (optional for some crops)
Sowing and then "covering" the crop to start a set germination period
Uncovering the crop to start a set growing period (SeedLeaf does not account for a second black-out period - you need to do this manually or leave it out all together).
Harvesting the crop on a set or predetermined harvest day
Packaging the crop (this includes preparing live products for delivery)
You work on a sow-to-order system, which means you are sowing crops because you have standing orders or expected orders for them. You can sow additional crops using virtual customers (more on that later) - so don't worry too much about the sow-to-order thing if you don't think it works for you (but we highly recommend it!)
SeedLeaf does not manage your "delivery" day, it only recognizes your harvest day. You can deliver your products whenever works best for you, SeedLeaf doesn't care! But, don't worry, SeedLeaf still generates packing reports by customer to help organize your deliveries when you do them!
These aspects of SeedLeaf apply to most microgreens growing systems and are actually customizable in SeedLeaf as well - but please keep them in mind at all times!
In short: SeedLeaf works backwards from a set harvest date, using individual crop production data, to set soaking, sowing, uncovering, and harvest dates for your crops based on customers' orders of your products. How much you sow is based on your actual and virtual customer orders (curious about those virtual customers, aren't you?!).
Check out our intro to SeedLeaf video below.