Sea Change Yoga
Project: Sea Change Yoga was approaching their annual fundraiser Yogathon, a day long event full of 100 people doing yoga together. They approached me to at e-commerce to the site and make a few site changes because they were out of time and needed it done right the first time.
Platforms: SquareSpace.com, Stripe Payments
Notes: It was an honor to work for this small and loving organization. Trama informed yoga and meditation couldn’t be a better gift.
COVID-19 Pandemic caused them to switch their Yogathon to video by Zoom where over 300 people attended. I am honored to have been there to see them turn the tide of a doomed fundraiser in to a huge success amid very strange times.
Maine Farm & Sea Cooperative
Project: MFSC was making a pitch for the UMaine Food System food contract. The first cooperative ever to make such a pitch. The task was to launch a community building website, quickly, where they could also accept payment for donations and cooperative membership.
Platforms: NationBuilder.com, PayPal
Notes: Using NationBuilder was a great strategy to get running quickly with powerful back-end tools that are great for membership campaigning.
New Roots Cooperative Farm
Project: I was their part-time Marketing Coordinator that year, with funding through the Cooperative Development Institute. This was a previously existing website where we wanted to add e-commerce at no cost to accept 100 CSA payments with little effort.
Platforms: WordPress, Google Docs, PayPal.
Notes: It was an honor to work with Somali. I got to work with the 4 owners and their families meeting their children both young and grown up. My recommendation to you… if you get the chance eat a Sombusa. You can get one in Lewiston on Lisbon St or from Isuken Cooperative Food Truck.
Project: In the early days of the Portland Food Co-op (2008), they were a food buying club of 15 people who sat in a room raising hands to fill 50# bags of flour or a case of canned tomato. After a fellow e-commerce foody programmer joined the group, we joined to write this software to aid in the growth of PFC. In the end, we made it a business that began in 2010 and still serves buying clubs today.
Platforms: WordPress for the website, PHP for the software.
Notes: This has ended up being a very small but meaningful business. It is our honor to have created something people still use today and it can be used by consumers and farmers alike.
Homegrown Herb & Tea
Project: A rare gem of an experience in Portland, Maine is now a regular stop for all locals and tourists offering a special vibe and service. Homegrown has offered tea for sale online for about 15 years doing in-store pickup as well as shipping around the US. ZenCart was chosen as Internet Farmer’s solution.
Platforms: Internet Farmer Hosting/Coaching Package, ZenCart, PayPal
Notes: ZenCart is open-source software allowing for total customization, but is also powerful enough for doing business globally out of the box.
Sarah’s tea is absolutely fantastic. Her selections of seasonal creations and a huge offering of both traditional and custom blends is second to none. Besides being online having tea in her shop is unforgettable.