App to Connect Local Food Producers and Restaurants
|Project title||App to Connect Local Food Producers and Restaurants|
|Background||“As a restaurant, we are in the yellow pages; the growers are not. We want them to contact us” (Local restaurant owner)
“There is an unfortunate undersupply of local agricultural products to restaurants” (Local farm owner)
In the United States, only a shocking 14.6 cents on the consumer dollar goes back to the farmer on average; in comparison, 30.1 cents of that same dollar will go to packaging, transportation, wholesale and retail trade, and advertising.
Concerns echoed about “food miles” which claim up to 11% of carbon emissions output in the lifecycle GHG emissions highlight the environmental impacts of the convoluted process behind the distribution of raw food items.
Shipping containers of food can be sent over thousands of miles to end up in restaurants built in cities who brand themselves as the “Farm to Fork Capital” (Sacramento) or “The Food Front” (Woodland), and in a city which hosts a worldwide-leading university in Agriculture (Davis), while their nearby farm or micro-grower neighbors could provide them with fresh produce - with the added benefit of increasing the marketability of those restaurants as supporters of a local movement and economy.
This app is intended to improve accessibility to the option of direct-farm marketing between restaurants and growers, with the desired effect of decreasing carbon emissions, improving agricultural education and developing community, all while putting a greater proportion of that consumer dollar in the hands of local growers and restaurants.
Students will develop a mobile app that matches food producers with restaurant owners based on their user profile information (location, product needs, etc.).
Mobile app development using React Native (or preferred cross-platform app development framework)
Development and deployment on Amazon Web Services Web & Mobile Apps (or preferred hosting/server/database platform)
User Profiling, Wireframing, UI/UX Design
|Deliverable||The project team will design and build an app:
Whose users are Food Growers/Producers and Restaurant Owners/Purchasing Managers/Chefs
Which allows producers and restaurants to fill out user profiles, and then view a list of ‘matches’, with matches based on local food economy relevant criteria such as proximity, product, supply and demand capacity, etc. Users can view matching profiles and contact information to pursue business relationships.
|Skill set desirable||N/A|
|Client time availability||30-60 min weekly or more|
|IP requirement||Client wishes to keep IP of the project|