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This is a small part of what seems be the larger problem.   Is it possible for this system to manage almost like a technology farmer's market?  
Perhaps, a user knows they will be needing a certain item they buy at market, and will need to go to market in 2-3 days.  Could they access this technology to find who has crop available within a certain number of miles and get it sooner?  Would they be able to alert a merchant farmer en route to deliver to a market?  It could even allow a farmer to establish a route by which they set up delivery, perhaps?


Tess commented on Collaborative/Co-op Information Management Mapping

It would be great in a perfect world.  A design scheme using the various reaches in marketing for the different communities helps farmers identify the market needs.
Again, though, keeping in mind the concept of zero waste:
-Identify where the waste is greatest along the journey of the harvest to the sale and consumption.  The farmer could then identify the "before" of when it is happening and have ideas to reference.  
For example:  The farmer manages a small crop with plans to sell at the market.  Is there competition in the market, so that his crops made it a day too late and the market no longer needs it?  
For immediate results, having incorporated a pool of locations to market along the journey could help him sell off to locals directly, or establish local farmer's markets as one might see in the states, or have alternate methods to preserve (canning, dehydrating, etc.) which could be sold or used later.  Crops that might immediately go bad, could be sold off or traded since different crops consume different nutrients, and decompose leaving different nutrients (the value of crop rotation).  Livestock can also benefit from harvest that is going bad.  
The point to such a flowchart or mapping process would be keeping it simple in reference enough it could be accessed and shared even in the absence of technology.  One person could not possible learn or know it all, at each location.  Keeping the information simple enough to learn and share would be most valuable.
Thanks for the comment.  I like the reference to the larger database!  It would certainly be most beneficial for our world's growing population.
Looking forward, maybe the farmer involving himself in a co-op or collaboration would prevent him from losing crop due to competition.  What foods were most planted?  What will the farm support?  Can his farm benefit from better irrigation or companion planting to allow for different harvests?