Tag Archives: Community Development

Meet Kat and Kevin, OpenFarm’s Community Developers

OpenFarm is excited to bring aboard two Community Developers: Kat Ying and Kevin Bertolero. Kat and Kevin will focus on developing OpenFarm’s community in all respects: on the OpenFarm site, on social media platforms, and in their respective local communities and professional networks. Their goals and responsibilities are many, but here is a highlight of a few of them:

  • Build relationships between OpenFarm and other organizations and individuals in the context of content creation, organizational capacity building, fundraising, and development resources
  • Maintain and spark positive discussion about OpenFarm around the web
  • Build feedback loops between users of OpenFarm and the organization to inform our development team of where to go next
  • Host in-person content creation and site feedback meetups to strengthen local community around OpenFarm and bolster the site’s content

Continue reading Meet Kat and Kevin, OpenFarm’s Community Developers

Customer Development

Cal Poly Senior Project team here:

When we started our journey with OpenFarm we first asked ourselves, “What is our customer segment?”, “Who are we bringing this product to, and why is this website valuable to them?’”

We followed up this question by sending out a survey to all members of the Kickstarter campaign to try and see who supported the idea and identify characteristics of that culture.   We asked many questions, such as “What about OpenFarm are you most excited about?” and “Would you be available for a followup interview?”, both of which we got fantastic answers for from the over 400 respondents! Yet, of all the information we gathered from this survey, we found the most significant pieces of information on these two graphs. (click them to enlarge) Continue reading Customer Development

Cal Poly Senior Project Team

Hello everyone!

This is the Entrepreneurship Senior Project Team from Cal Poly.  Our team in Fall quarter was comprised of four individuals: Christian Renfro, Emily Plummer, Jake Wing, and Ally Woods.  We joined the OpenFarm team in September and have had an awesome journey with such a fantastic and positive group of people.  When we first met Rory he presented us with the main question:  “How do we keep the lights on for OpenFarm?” “What is a sustainable revenue model that works with the culture we are trying to create?”  It was with this question that we realized we had a lot of learning to do.  About gardening, OpenFarm, the people who value it and the culture that we are trying to foster through being open source.

There are a few things we do as Entrepreneurs at Cal Poly, from Identifying our “Customer Segment” and “Value Propositions” to identifying a scalable revenue stream, and so on.  Essentially all aspects of a startup merge into something we call the business model canvas- what we were on a mission to define. Here is an example:

business-model-canvas

So, 3, 2, 1, and we’re off!  But.. where do we start?  Well, we had to take 2 steps back in order to take any steps forward as a team.  So we started working on the basics. Continue reading Cal Poly Senior Project Team

What do you think about the OpenFarm Guide Creation Flow?

Hi OpenFarm Backers!

We’ve been hard at work adding features, data, and style to OpenFarm over the last month. Have you seen the new homepage?! Now, we could use your input for the next step in our progress: Guide Creation.

Growing Guides are the primary piece of content on OpenFarm, and so the way that someone creates a Guide needs to be well thought out. We’re aiming for a process that is:

  • Fun,
  • Easy,
  • Allows for author creativity, and
  • Guides the author to produce high quality, consistently formatted content.

Click here to see the mockups and share your input!

A sneak preview:

 

Our Code of Conduct

OpenFarm is nothing without our community. From software developers, to designers, to our administrative team, to our everyday users and content creators, every person is important in making OpenFarm a vibrant community full of diverse perspectives and knowledge. We want to ensure that OpenFarm is a safe space for everyone to have fun learning and sharing with others. To do so, we have developed a Code of Conduct to get all of our community members on the same page regarding what is acceptable behavior within our community.

See our Code here: https://openfarm.cc/pages/code_of_conduct

We urge other community based projects to adopt a code as well, and you are more than happy to borrow language from ours, just as we did from other projects. Cheers to healthy, safe communities!

Help us out with a Survey!

Hi OpenFarm Backers,

Our team has expanded to include a few entrepreneurship students who are working with us to develop the best service for the most people. To better understand our community, we have created a preliminary survey and would greatly appreciate your participation!

Click Here to Take the Survey

An update about T-shirts: I just got back home from my travels abroad and found that some of the t-shirts we’re returned to me because of inadequate postage. I’ll fix the issue and get them out again this week, apologies for the delay!

Join the OpenFarm Discussion on Loomio

As the OpenFarm project and community continue to grow, it is important for us to provide open tools to promote quality discussion and feedback about how best to move OpenFarm forward.

We’re pleased to now be using the Loomio platform for open discussions and consensus voting on proposals. Check out our community group (and sub-groups), sign up, and join the discussion! We welcome everyone’s input and value our community’s diversity greatly.

Some highlights so far:

Note: Technical issues and discussion related to OpenFarm software are still discussed on GitHub.