Open Food Network webinar

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This best practice webinar is to introduce small retail community shops and co-operatives and anyone interested in alternative ways to grow and sell food in NI, to the Open Food Network (OFN), a community-owned software platform that is built for selling food.

It can be either a shopfront for individual enterprises or a community hub of farmers and other local producers working together. OFN is operating in 21 countries across the world, with 1000’s of local producers using it to reach markets to sell their products and support their local food economies in these difficult times.

The open source platform is a not for profit and builds more resilient local economies by creating and sustain food hubs and shops where ethical supply chains can develop and consumers and producers can meet.

Evonne Boland from the Open Food Network Ireland ( will illustrate how it works and the impact the network had on local shops and food enterprises in the South of Ireland. Evonne is the driver of the network in Ireland and plays a crucial role in developing and mantaining the relationships among a variety of food initiatives in teh region.

Jo da Silva from Open Food Network UK ( Jo has been a member of OFN UK since 2020 when the first Covid lockdown increased Open Food Network sales by 800%. As part of the UK network, she helps new enterprises set up on the platform and is leading the Resilient Green Spaces project; £1.27 m project piloting alternatives and relocalised food systems in Wales.

Wed 8th March at 7.00 online. Please REGISTER your interest for this free event and we will send you a zoom link on the day of the event.