Provender is a community dedicated to making a better food system through technology.


Our online marketplace unites entrepreneurs from all over our food system- from farmers, to fisherman, to chefs, to grocers- together in a platform that makes the business of local food better.

 

Our three guiding principles are:

 

TRANSPARENCY 

We believe that trust and traceability are key to building strong and resilient food systems, and Provender is built to create rich and engaging relationships on a platform, with this goal in mind.

We believe that knowing where your food comes from is the most important criteria for deliciousness; and that technology is the best possible way to assure that the food we eat is clean, traceable and as local as possible.

 

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Diversity

We believe that, in the words of Dan Barber,  "What breaks the juggernaut of the industrial food chain is diversity."

Diversity of what we grow and what we eat is the secret to creating a better food system.  At Provender, we work right from seed and breed to create a more diverse and delicious food system.

Community 

We believe that food is the ultimate tool for building community, and that the connections between supply and demand that grow on Provender are the building blocks of healthy food systems.  At Provender we empower food entrepreneurs by giving them tools that nurture community.

The problem with our current food system

 

The last 70 years in food has seen profound change in how we eat, what we grow, and why we farm.  The fundamentals of agriculture never change, but the ways that products move between supply and demand shift with technology, with climate, and with regulation.  

Today's food systems face challenges from every angle- from health and obesity, to the age of our farmers and the threat of losing knowledge, to the diversity of the crops which sustain us.  Agriculture is at a tipping point, and Provender has built a platform to nudge things in the right direction.

 
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The Solution

 

Provender works to create more resilient food systems by helping suppliers reduce risks, and by helping buyers increase selection and access to great products.  We believe that internet technology has the power to democratize food by giving control over food back to the farmers, fisherman and foragers who create it.  

Suppliers use Provender to help make better decisions on what to produce, to better plan for the sale of their amazing products, and to engage a group of buyers directly in order to keep more profit on-farm.

Buyers use Provender to connect instantly to a community of producers who are as passionate as they themselves are about quality.  Provender’s ease of use and direct contact make the process of both discovery and planning fast- all while keeping the relationships with the people who grow and harvest food up front and center.

 

 

Join the Provender family

 

Provender is on the frontlines of a food revolution- helping farmers go digital, helping buyers go local.