Last weekend we had the first meeting of people that would love to see the OFN project in Portugal. We met in Porto, where we have a close relation with Moving Cause, an association that helps organizing consumption groups near Porto. We discussed their experiences with the consumption groups, common problems and potential solutions to grow and make this model sustainable.
We spent some time learning about the tool (thanks Katuma for borrowing your OFN instance!) and understanding could we fit their current model in the platform. The local groups we met are based on the French AMAP model (Association pour le maintien d’une agriculture paysanne), which enforces a mid-term commitment between consumers and producers. We are currently testing some workarounds to map that process in OFN.
Our next goal is to run a pilot with one of the consumption groups that Moving Cause coordinates, to keep learning about the platform and to validate that the different parts are interested. We are discussing about sharing the infrastructure with Katuma, in the short term, or even in the long term, joining forces and covering a larger territory (Iberia?).
Looking forward to share more news with you! You can find us in the #portugal Slack channel.
Abraços from Portugal!