Our open source platform enables new, ethical supply chains.
Software designed for food
The Open Food Network software platform allows farmers to sell produce online, at a price that works for them. It can be embedded in your own website, or hosted on ours. It has been built specifically for selling food so it can handle tricky measures or stock levels that only food has – a dozen eggs, a bunch of parsley, and a whole chicken that varies in weight, anyone?
It’s a great shopfront to sell food through as an individual enterprise, but where it really gets exciting is when there’s a community of farmers working together.
Collaboration made easy
Food producers can create an online shop, collect payments, and sell through other shops on the platform. Wholesalers can integrate with existing systems, manage buying groups and supply your produce through national or regional networks of food hubs and shops. Communities can bring together producers in your area to create a virtual farmers’ market, building a resilient local food economy.
People have used the power of this platform to create food collectives, manage food hub stock, or to take their farmers’ market online with pre-purchases to give stallholders more secure sales.
Open source for a better food system
And what’s just as important as the software itself, are the values that underpin it. If you’re trying to build a new food system – as a farmer, farmers’ market, or food hub – then why would you choose software that isn’t also contributing to a fairer food system? By working collectively rather than competitively, we share the costs of developing new software, and we ensure that our project is more resilient than the many other proprietary models that have fallen over since we started!
Read more about how to use the software in our User Guide, or you can email us with any questions, including help getting set up using the Open Food Network.
The Open Food Network is powerful software that helps people sell online, and collaborate to build regional food systems. You may not need all of its features, but there are plenty to choose from!
An online shopfront
At its most simple, the Open Food Network gives you an e-commerce solution designed specifically for food. It can handle multiple order cycles per week with different delivery or pricing options, subscriptions, and more.
your business, your branding
You can point customers to your shop on our site, or you can link to it from your own external site. You can share your story, social media links, and upload photos of your own products.
Collaborate with others
Where Open Food Network gets exciting is when you work with others. We can help you aggregate from multiple producers through one online shopfront, or enable you to sell to multiple shopfronts.
reduce your admin
Open Food Network allows you to easily update your stock based on what you've produced. It can generate reports, packing slips, and help you avoid a tangle of spreadsheets!
Welcome to your Community
Have an idea, a project or a question? Want to help others use the Open Food Network software and meet some very cool people in the process? Get in touch and let's get you contibuting!