Question about the tools used by Farming Co-operatives

I’ve been looking at the range of tools being used by Farming Co-operatives to run their farms effectively.

While my focus is hardware, i’ve been coming across the software that they use.

Most of the software being used is currently proprietary software, in terms of the databases, and, tracking spreadsheets, for maintaining their crops.

Creating and maintaining an Open-Source version of this software may be a market-niche/product-niche that would suit a software-development SME.

Since the software is being used by farming co-op’s, it only makes sense for a software co-op to maintain the tools they need. :smiley:

Would anyone in the CoTech network, know of any Farming Co-op’s that would be interested in working on these tools? :smiley:


Hey Billy, Preston’s food co-op uses Open Food Network -

See Cllr Matthew Brown talking about it at 5.:30 OPEN 2018 - Applying “the Preston Model” to the cooperative economy - YouTube


Hi Billy, I think it’s a really good idea, but I’m not in a position to contribute directly. It would seem to me to be a good idea to have someone in the farming community who is able to represent the farming mindset, so you know better how to interest them. It would be great to develop this kind of thing, so all strength to you.

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I’d guess OrganicLea might be up for exploring tools/ sharing the tools they currently use.

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Hi Billy, Is now a worker coop. Theyre interested in innovation.
We’ve just made a documentary about them. I’ll link the trailer as soon as it’s uploaded.


Here’s the trailer.
The film itself is not release yet.


FarmOS is worth a look for on-site management:

Then Openfood network is interesting on the sales side.

Getting them integrated would be interesting work


Nice! Seems like it’ll bring together 3 of my favourite things (open/ co-op/ eco). I look forward to seeing the full film once it’s released! Please do share here when it goes live. Thanks!

1 Like also led me to OpenTEAM (Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management) and GODAN (Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition) which look very interesting too (see also their web documentary series Video and Documentary | GODAN ).


And when I posted farmOS to the Cloudron App Wishlist someone reminded me of Grownetics too:

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Congratulations, Liam. :smiley:

Great to hear about the farm. :smiley:


I hadn’t come across FarmOS. TY. :slight_smile:


TY for the other links.

More work to do :smiley:

The made some interesting software to provide budget visualisation for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms. (Extra interesting as it uses solid and valueflows)

They also did a survey of software that Food Co-ops and CSAs are using and have a page giving recommendations.

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