Our team was made aware of the large amount of farm surplus that was being thrown away due to supply chain disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because typical wholesale buyers such as restaurants and schools are unable to purchase products anymore and charities and food banks are not equipped to handle large amounts of produce. We felt that we could look for technological solutions to address the disconnect between those looking for food and farmers with surplus food. Farmily was made in order to eliminate the middlemen in the supply chain and empower local growers.
What it does
Farmily is a web page designed to be easy to access and intuitive to use while still giving enough functionality to the user for its purpose to be achieved. Farmers are able to sign in on the app and put their location into a database which contains information on what they sell, their prices, how much they can sell, and also their farm name. The website will also allow for images to be posted for users to see what they are purchasing. For those looking to purchase food they are able to search around them for nearby farms where they are able to retrieve excess food that otherwise would have been thrown out. This simple design allows for consumers to directly interact with farmers and also serves to be a central hub for such interactions instead of the many small and scattered facebook groups that have a similar purpose.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
What we learned
What's next for Farmily
All our team members have a deep interest in the problem Farmily aims to solve and we anticipate that we are able to continue to refine our new skills until we are able to add more functionality to the website and ultimately create a platform that can reach out to millions and make a difference in many lives around the world as hard times such as currently persist.