Abundant Montana Directory is Live! Password protected listings, new categories, and easy to use!

While you are cozy in your pajamas this winter, you can update your farm or business information in the greatest {ALWAYS FREE} marketing tool for local producers in Montana, the ABUNDANT MONTANA directory!

Montana producers, businesses and Farmers’ Market managers let AERO know that they wanted their own way to to keep their Abundant listings up-to-date and current.  They asked for it, they got it!  Abundant’s new password-protected user form, along with other recent updates, allow you to manage your own listing, and help tourists, consumers, and visitors easily find information as to where and what local products are available in Montana.  The upgrades are funded through  a grant from the USDA’s Farmers’ Market Promotional Program.

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Carrots (and kids) grow great in Montana! (photo from J Heinert)

AERO has been working with web developers Axiom and Gage Cartographics to implemenupdates.  We have created a tutorial and are planning weekly webinars to help users.  

Exciting Changes for Users and Listing Owners

New and existing Abundant listing owners will be able to add, update and expand their information and immediately have it published in the directory.  Changes include:  an expanded product listmore in-depth CSA information, the ability to upload numerous pictures and videos, and safety checks to ensure information is correctly entered.  

For producers wanting to know if they are getting traffic to their listings, an analytic tracker has been incorporated also, which will show how many “views” your listing has received!

A new calendar system allows listing owners to add upcoming events hosted by your farm or business!  For example, a beginning beekeeper can now submit their basic information, and update it as their business and products evolve.  And they can put an open house onto the events calendar for all to see!

We realized new categories needed to be added to keep up with the dynamic menu of food and agriculture opportunities Montana has to offer, so now included are new category descriptors  such as predator-friendly, pickled products, and CSA information.  Agritourism is becoming a popular adventure (and income generator!), so we have expanded that information as well.  

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Map of all listings in Abundant directory

More updates and opportunities will be coming to the Abundant Montana Online Directory soon. Keep checking back at  http://aeromt.org/abundant/

The goal of these database updates is to help producers take charge of their own listing; we’d love to get your feedback and thoughts! Give us a call in the office or email Jackie at jheinert@aeromt.org.

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