Q: How much does an account for the Fantastic Farm and Garden Calculator cost?
A: We have two pricing levels. The price for the Garden version of the Fantastic Farm and Garden Calculator is $25 for a 6 month period. The Farm version of the Fantastic Farm and Garden Calculator is $35 for a 6 month period and contains a Retail Sales Calculator which the Garden version does not offer. If you are operating a CSA you may be interested in becoming a member of our Grow Your Own CSA program for $55 for a 6 month period. Click Grow Your Own CSA for details.
Q: Why are the accounts only 6 months?
A: Our accounts are 6 months because we have found that users don't access their accounts after initially downloading the tool suite during their planning season.
Q: What method of payment do you accept?
A: You can pay securely by credit card or with you PayPal account. We use PayPal, the leading provider of secure credit card transactions on the Internet, for all our credit card processing. You are not required to have a PayPal account to pay by credit card.
Q: Do you offer a trial version?
A: Yes, click on the Demo link under the drop-down Calculator menu at the top of the page, or click here, to try the Calculator. Try the demo before you subscribe.
Q: Can I share my account with others?
A: The Fantastic Farm and Garden Calculator terms and conditions only allow people in the same household to share one Fantastic Farm and Garden Calculator account. We would respectfully ask that you do not share your account details with others.
Q: It is not what I thought it would be, can I get a refund?
A: We do not offer refunds once you have downloaded FFGC file or any of the other planning tools. If you are not sure if this planning program is for you, please try the Fantastic Farm Calculator Demo, and watch the Video Tutorial before making a purchase.
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Q: Is this a design program?
A: No, the Fantastic Farm and Garden Calculator is not a program that allows you to draw garden beds or farm rows. It is a calculator that gives you the serious details you need to start growing. It is a garden or farm planning spreadsheet which quickly allows you to enter the number of people you want to feed, the amount of growing space you have, your frost date, and how much of each vegetable you wish to provide to your family, CSA or retail farm customers. With just a little detail from you, the calculator will figure out the rest. For more information, please see the Products page.
Q: What information does it provide?
A: Given the goals you input, for each crop the FFGC provides planting and harvest dates, the amount of row space required by each crop for the season and for each week that you plant successively, plant spacing for intensive planting, the amount of seed you will need and your weekly and annual potential yields. The FFGC can also tell you how many people or CSA members you can provide for given the amount of space you have or how much space you need for the number of people you are providing for.
Q: Is it hard to use?
A: No, it is fairly easy to use. Just input your basic info, and the calculator does the rest. Once you set up an account, you will have access to the instructions. We highly recommend reading the instructions, the Template Protocol and watching the training video before using the calculator. This will help you to get the best results possible. You can read the Template Protocol now for a good overview of how it works, just click Template Protocol.
Q: Do I need to install any software or plugins?
A: No, the Fantastic Farm and Garden Calculator is a downloadable Excel spreadsheet, does not require that software be installed and does not require plugins such as Flash. You just need Excel or a compatible interface.
Q: Can I use the Fantastic Farm and Garden Calculator on a Mac?
A: Yes! We are Mac users, so that was important to us. If you can use Excel or a compatible spreadsheet interface on Mac, Windows or Linux, you are all set.
Q: Can I use several different calculator skill levels at once?
A: No, once you set up an account you will not be able to switch skill levels without paying for an additional account. Be sure to choose the proper calculator and skill level for yours needs. Click Skill Levels for more details on skill levels.
Q: Can I save my plans?
A: Yes, you can save as many plans as you want on your computer. We recommend that you save the original downloaded spreadsheet in it's blank form and then once save it under a different name to begin using it.
Q: Can I print my plans?
A: Yes you can print them using your own printer. By default the calculator is in landscape orientation, not portrait.
Q: What plants are included in the Fantastic Farm and Garden Calculator?
A: Please see the Plants included for detail on this question.
Q: What if a vegetable or herb I plant is not in FFGC?
A: Some unusual crops have similar requirements to more common crops and so a common crop included in the Calculator can be substituted. For example, if you want to grow rutabagas you could use the fields for turnips in the calculator plan. Please use our Contact form to let us know if there are any plants you would really like to see in the FFGC. We will try to integrate new plants in future versions.