Open Invitation: Federation Founders’ Meeting

In the wake of releasing Open Food Source version 1.0, we invite all supporters of local and open food systems to join us in mid-June as we create an Open Food Federation (Federation), an open technology solutions network for local food hubs everywhere, to better support food hubs who depend upon the OFS software for their business operations.

The Federation will support food hubs by

  • providing faster rollouts of new OFS features and bug fixes;

  • offering responsive, multi-level technical support;

  • providing insurance from interruptions in development cycles;

  • calling for user-directed priorities; and

  • aggregating a variety of value-added services.


The Federation will leverage collective resources to provide open, collaborative, and sustainable products and services to local food hubs in four cornerstone areas:

  1. Create and provide support to a community of OFS software users

  2. Create, support and provide direction to an OFS software development community

  3. Ensure project sustainability and continuity

  4. Provide additional value-added services to OFS Federation members and other OFS users (examples:  group web hosting and hosted OFS deployments, group insurance plans; shared membership benefits network, merchant services packages and integration)


The Federation will comprise a nationwide or even international network of local food hubs who contribute to information technology solutions that embody the local food cooperative movement’s values and principles of transparency, collaboration and democratic control.


Federation Founders’ checklist:  Please complete the following before June 1

  1. Assign at least one Open Food delegate from your organization as primary point of contact

  2. RSVP via indicating interest and available dates and times for a 90 minute Federation Founder’s teleconference

  3. Review the Open Food Federation whitepaper and prepare to discuss

  4. Review the Federation Founders’ Committee Process document and prepare to discuss


Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions:






Roy Guisinger, lead OFS developer

Ethan Young, project consultant

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