I've been trying to figure out how to find a local web developer to help with a project that a friend and I have been working on. I would love to work with a permie or someone who is personally into local food and helping small farmers sell their products. I have no idea where to target a permie web developer, so I figured I might as well try here. Yadda yadda here's the details.
I have done most of the work myself along with some help from various Odesk contractors with varying levels of English skill. Shared Roots is in very early phase one basically right now. In the future, we plan on adding tools to help farmers market and sell their products and facilitate communication between them and potential customers. Ask for more details.
We would love to have someone that we could at least sit down with face to face and brainstorm occasionally and ideally someone in the Salem / Portland / Willamette Valley area.
We have no office - this would be a work from home gig.
Looking for someone with html, css, php, java, joomla, maps (json/gmaps/openstreetmaps/anything) experience.
We initially need help with the in-site search engine and mapping, as well as load performance issues and bug fixing. Next is nailing down the geo-location aspects of the site, and then moving on to building more stand-alone tools and dashboards for farmers and visitors. Then on to the super-secret-futurey-stuff!
This is something that we are very passionate about, and I'm sick and tired of trying to use contractors for. I can't afford the $50+/hr that you seem to need to pay for someone who is a native English speaker who doesn't have any personal investment in seeing or caring about the big picture of where I think we could go with this project.
Perhaps the most important thing is that I have a good working knowledge of web development and marketing and I can communicate well with you (I have done the design and most of the non-complicated coding). We are looking for more of a partner - meaning someone who can become excited about helping to re-localize food systems, and would like to bounce ideas off each other and collaboratively help build something that doesn't exist anywhere yet. I think we could fundamentally change how small farms sell directly to customers.
I'm reaallly hoping we can find someone great here. Reply to this thread, or PM me or email me at nick ((a t)) sharedroots DOT com.
Thanks! ...and feel free to pass this on to anyone y'all know who might be interested.