Food From Friends

The online marketplace for local food

Food From Friends is an online community marketplace that makes it easy for anyone to discover and exchange local food.

Use Case

Food From Friends is an ecosystem that involves all role-players in the local food system, from the consumer to the producer as well as those in between. Buyers range from individual consumers, to family households, to chefs and grocery store inventory managers. Each of these will use our platform to reach a larger amount of local offerings than ever before, easily place orders large and small, and seamlessly choose the time and place of exchange. Producers range from backyard gardeners, to food hobbyists, and to dedicated farmers. Each of these will use our platform to publicly list their food items, tell their stories, organize order exchanges, and forge new customer relationships.

Potential

Food From Friends is the technology needed to create a more inclusive, transparent, and convenient local food system. We're tackling complex logistical problems by offering democratic solutions, empowering communities to be more self-sustaining and reintroducing equality to the forgotten and underserved. We're working to shape a reality where farm-to-table and garden-to-table is the norm for households and restaurants everywhere. People from all socioeconomic backgrounds will be able to easily start food ventures from their yard, roof, or windowsills. Local food is healthy for the body, for the community, and for the planet. But until now, local food hasn't been done right. We're here to change that, and along the way we believe we can help grow land, economies, and friendships.

Business Case

We charge a small percentage-varying service fee to each buyer at the time of purchase, depending on the total order price. On the seller's side we charge a flat percentage fee at the time of payout.

Objectives:

  1. Educate; to complement our core platform, our content network of articles and videos will make it easy and fun to learn how to grow food
  2. Empower; our platform and our content network will work in tandem to build a strong new generation of all kinds of local food producers
  3. Enable; with supply and access made easy, we will motivate the masses to fully participate and invest in local food

Team Food From Friends

Roanoke & Harrisonburg, United States of America

Our Team

Our Mission

Food From Friends exists to make the local food system seamless. We're making it easy and convenient for anyone to exchange local food. We enable micro to medium-scale farmers, food hobbyists, and backyard gardeners with new market exposure and a platform to tell their stories. We empower consumers, chefs, and wholesale buyers with choice and access they've never had before. We're here to connect you. To food, and to friends.

Our Background

Food From Friends is a strong and lean team of three that includes Evan Grinde, Dustyn Vallies, and Kristen Grimshaw. Evan is the platform architect and designer, Dustyn is the community outreach coordinator, and Kristen is the digital content manager. Together we’re tremendously excited to share our ideas and energy with the world through Thought for Food. We can’t wait to meet everyone else hard at work trying to better our planet’s food system.

Our Team

Our Mission

Food From Friends exists to make the local food system seamless. We're making it easy and convenient for anyone to exchange local food. We enable micro to medium-scale ...Read More

Our Background

Food From Friends is a strong and lean team of three that includes Evan Grinde, Dustyn Vallies, and Kristen Grimshaw. Evan is the platform architect and designer, Dustyn ...Read More

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The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.