History of OFS

Open Food Source began life as Local Food Coop software, which was originally commissioned and built for the Oklahoma Food Cooperative (OFC). Under the GPL license, Oklahoma made the software freely available at www.localfoodcoop.org.

Among early adopters of the software were the Nebraska Food Cooperative (NFC) and Idaho’s Bounty (IBC). Shortly, independent development and customization at each of the three cooperatives forked the software, which was finally resolved into two major versions: one for OFC and one for the other cooperatives.

Even though the Local Food Coop site belongs to OFC, non-OFC updates were made available for download there. This included “Green Tomato” versions v1.4.5 through v1.5.4.

Open Food Source provides a home for the branch of software initially developed for IBC and NFC and which has since been deployed in at least a dozen other online cooperative ventures around the world. With the change in name, and some time to address long-standing bugs and stability issues, the software is being reversioned to v1.0.0, which otherwise would have been v1.6.0 of the Local Food Coop software. Of course, Open Food Source will continue to be GPL licensed and available for free download and use.

Special Note

This site was first released in July 2011 and readied for use in November 2014.  For attention to your needs, please leave a comment or use the contact form. Thank you.

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