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.
We’ve come a long way.
Here’s some of our milestones.
||Open Food Foundation Established.
||Not for profit and Tax Concession Charity status endorsed.
||Joined international collaboration – “Online food hubs”.
||Rights to code transferred from Eaterprises to the Open Food Foundation.
||$50,000 Government Technology Voucher won by partner, Eaterprises, for development of the OFN.
||Prototype Open Food Network software launched.
||Winner of VicHealth Seed Challenge $100,000.
||Secured seed support from a private ancilliary fund ($60,000).
||Closed beta launch of Open Food Network with 8 enterprise trial users.
||Crowdfunding campaign raising ~35,000 from 398 supporters. Partnerships: 5 showcase hubs and 2 trial enterprise groups.
||Open Beta launch with enterprise self sign-up.
||VicHealth Seed Challenge boost, $100,000; LMCF grants totaling $70,000.
||Non-profit Open Food Network UK incorporated and funding secured for customization of Open Food Network to UK needs.
Non-profit ALTIFREM established to support Open Food Network in Norway and funding secured to launch a pilot of Open Food Network.
||Nominated for International Ouishare Award.
African Conservation Trust/Kandu set up team to customise Open Food Network for South Africa pilot.
||Won Department of Health and Human Services Thrive grant to support building capacity of food enterprises in Victoria (Australia).
Won International Ouishare Award.
||V.1 and Australian site launch.
||Open Food Network UK launches
||Open Food Network sponsored the inaugural Australian Community Food Hubs Conference in Bendigo.
||First global gathering in Melbourne
||Second global gathering in Catalonia