Local food advocates work hard to create a more transparent food system. We believe the technologies that power the local food movement should support those principles in practice.
Introducing Open Food Source (OFS), a web-based open source software system that coordinates and manages local food systems where many producers sell to many customers in an online 24-7 marketplace.
- Periodic/Cyclical order system handles complex logistics: Unlike many online ordering systems, OFS-based markets have specific ordering periods followed by coordinated all-at-once delivery of products. Typically, shoppers will have from one day to several weeks to order products. Then producers have from one to several days to prepare goods for delivery. Finally, products are delivered to customers by a variety of methods which varies by local implementation and policy.
- Powerful and flexible: Unlike subscription-based solutions, Open Food Source is a stand-alone package that can be installed on an organization’s own web site and managed by local personnel to serve the specific needs of its members or via Open Food-managed installs, based on the financial and technological needs of the market. It integrates with WordPress CMS to provide powerful online community and member management tools to local food markets.
- Free: As gratis/libre open source software (GLOSS), OFS costs nothing to use (gratis, as in free beer) and puts all control in the hands of those who decide to use and develop it (libre, as in free speech). Because it costs time and money to produce, all support — whether with money or through actions — is greatly appreciated.
The Open Food Federation is a burgeoning community of software developers, users, and other interested parties who work together to provide local food networks and food hubs with tools, technologies and other value-added products and services that meet their needs.
We welcome your participation in the Open Food Community!