Locally-sourced food is gaining popularity, and now a new initiative hopes to further close the gap between producer and consumer.
The Open Food Network (OFN) is working to put farmers and smaller food markets into direct contact with the people buying the products, taking yet another step away from big supermarket chains and massive factory farms, according to TreeHugger.
Created by the Open Food Foundation, OFN will essentially be a platform for managing small-scale food business. It ail manage orders and deliveries, and accept payments while allowing farmers to set their own prices.
The platform itself is open source, so users will be able to modify it to better suit different local situations. Could this become the basis for a digital farmers market?