The next premium template is now available. We are calling it "Rustic" because it uses woodcuts from old agriculture texts to create an authentic feel that will resonate with customers of local food.
The designer says, "This template is a little less literal for Small Farm Central users, in terms of its depiction of their actual farms. What it does do though, is invoke a certain historical / cultural feel that I think will really appeal to users of the farm sites."
About the Design Process
After the initial graphics we wanted to use for this template were deemed unusable due copyright concerns (maybe we'll get them in a future template!), the Small Farm Central design team went in search of images at the Hunt Botanical Library at Carnegie Mellon University library here in Pittsburgh. We were looking for woodcut images that are in the public domain and available for use on the templates. This search proved fruitful and the library is working to get more images for us in the future. Some of the smaller details of the header, like the farm animals to the right of the header are from the library.
The main image of the farm house is from a book titled "Illustrated Historical Atlas of Elkhart Co. Indiana. 1874." Here are some shots of the book itself.
As for the other images, Matt writes "the ornamental borders are things I've printed myself from old letterpress cuts and rules, on antique printing presses." We are lucky to have such innovative designers creating templates for Small Farm Central!
New Upgrades to Premium Templates
Due to the high cost of developing these templates, only Communicator members (see plans information) have access to use these templates without an upgrade. They are a limited edition, so once all the spots are filled up for the template, no more will be given out. You can have confidence that your neighbor will not take your template!
For Sprout and Harvester subscribers, we now have a $100 one-time upgrade that allows access to the premium templates for the life of your Small Farm Central subscription. This fee will fund our work with these templates while ensuring that you do not need to make an unnecessary upgrade to the Communicator package. If you would like to upgrade, just let us know.
Template Test Site
Take the new template for a test run and visit the test site:
Of course, if you would like to enter you own information into the template and see how it looks, get a free demo to play around with for a week:
Your feedback is appreciated and will provide direction for future templates. What do you think about the new template? Post in comments