Northeast Iowa RC&D, in partnership with the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and the Google Data Centers Grants Fund of the Tide Foundation, is hosting website building workshops for local food producers and farmers across Iowa.
Attendees receive one-on-one, hands-on training on how to create and maintain a simple, affordable website using Google Sites. We look at free online tools that can enhance and complement your website including Picasa, Picnik, Wufoo, Google Apps, Mailchimp, Facebook Like Boxes, and more. Participants can expect to leave the workshop with a viable website and interested participants have the opportunity for free follow-up technical support through Northeast Iowa RC&D.
If you are comfortable using the internet, checking email, uploading digital photos, or creating documents with tools like Google Docs or Microsoft Word, you will be comfortable with the technical level of this workshop. If not, please feel more than welcome to bring along someone who is.
Each participant will build a unique website using Google Sites. Google has made the process of building and maintaining a website easy, flexible, and virtually free.
In 2010, we held 3 workshops across Iowa and built more than 25 websites. Thanks to funding from the Google Data Centers Grants Fund of the Tides Foundation, we are working with local partners to host five more workshops in 2011.
March 31, 2011
September 22 & 29, 2011
5:30 – 8:30pm
October 19 & 26, 2011
Northeast Iowa RC&D
5:30 – 8:30pm
December 3 & 5, 2011
Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs, Iowa
(Brought to you by Golden Hills RC&D and SWIFFI)
1:00 – 5:00pm
December 10, 2011
1:00 – 4:30pm
Partners have included the Luther College Environmental Studies Department, Southern Iowa RC&D, Iowa Valley RC&D, Southwestern Community College, the Iowa City Public Library, CZ Top Computers, Clayton County Economic Development, and ISU Extension.
Please contact Brad Crawford at Northeast Iowa RC&D — 563.864.7112 or [email protected] — for information on future workshops.
The workshop is free, thanks to generous grants from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and the Google Data Centers Grants Fund of the Tides Foundation. If you do wish to register a domain name (e.g., givengardens.com), you pay a domain registrar approximately $10 per year. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.
Website Related Costs:
|Task||Cost to you through grant||vs. Typical Cost|
|Website Design/Development||Your time (+ free professional help)||$300-1000|
|Updates and Support||Easy to do yourself (+ free professional email/phone support through the end of 2010)||$50-500/year|
|Website Hosting||Free (provided by Google)||$75-120/year|
|Domain Name Registration (e.g., givengardens.com)||$10/year||$10/year|
|Grand Total||$10/year||A Significant Investment|
To find out about a workshop in your area, or if you have questions, please contact Brad Crawford at Northeast Iowa RC&D.
Email: [email protected] Phone: 563.864.7112