Our organisation and history

A global movement with humble beginnings.

Founded in Australia, the Open Food Network started as a little experiment with a van, some farmers and some friends. Since then it has grown to become an open source platform collaboratively nurtured by like-minded people around the world.

The Open Food Network is the flagship project of the Open Food Foundation is a non-profit, registered charity established in October 2012 to develop, accumulate and protect open source knowledge, code, applications and platforms for fair and sustainable food systems.

While established in Australia, we support global collaboration on open projects for food system transformation. We want to build and support communities that bring the people who need the software together with those who can develop it.

Governance arrangements for the Open Food Network are currently under review with our growing international community, and the Foundation’s role may evolve in this process. To find out more about this process or get involved you can read more in our Community forums.

We’re the Board. We support the team.

We bring years of invaluable experience, insight and strategy.

Greg Larsen

Greg Larsen

Brenda Appleton

Brenda Appleton

Robert Pekin

Robert Pekin

Joel Cranshaw

Joel Cranshaw

Alison Kelly

Alison Kelly

Darren Sharp

Darren Sharp

Dianne McGraph

Dianne McGrath

We’ve come a long way.

Here’s some of our milestones.

Date Event
October 2012 Open Food Foundation Established.
March 2013 Not for profit and Tax Concession Charity status endorsed.
May 2013 Joined international collaboration – “Online food hubs”.
June 2013 Rights to code transferred from Eaterprises to the Open Food Foundation.
July 2013 $50,000 Government Technology Voucher won by partner, Eaterprises, for development of the OFN.
September 2013 Prototype OFN launched.
November 2013 Winner of VicHealth Seed Challenge $100,000.
January 2014 Secured seed support from a private ancilliary fund ($60,000).
February 2014 Closed beta launch of OFN with 8 enterprise trial users.
August 2014 Crowdfunding campaign raising ~35,000 from 398 supporters. Partnerships: 5 showcase hubs and 2 trial enterprise groups.
October 2014 Open Beta launch with enterprise self sign-up.
November 2014 VicHealth Seed Challenge boost, $100,000; LMCF grants totaling $70,000.
March 2015 Non-profit OFN UK incorporated and funding secured for customization of OFN to UK needs.

Non-profit ALTIFREM established to support OFN in Norway and funding secured to launch a pilot of OFN.

April 2015 Nominated for International Ouishare Award.

African Conservation Trust/Kandu set up team to customise Open Food Network for South Africa pilot.

May 2015 Won Department of Health and Human Services Thrive grant to support building capacity of food enterprises in Victoria.

Won International Ouishare Award.

June 2015 V.1 and Australian site launch.
May 2016 OFN UK launches
August 2016 OFN sponsored the inaugural Australian Community Food Hubs Conference in Bendigo.