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   Contact us: contact (at) p2pfoodlab.net 

P2P Food Lab is about YOU and FOOD.

P2P FoodLab is a collaborative project that helps you grow and share food in your local area.

The P2P Food Lab project aims to develop new socio-economic models for sustainable food production. As a community we seek solutions that promote the local production, distribution, and composting of food. Our hypothesis is that with the use of today’s information technology and the insights gained from the Free Software & Hardware movements it must be possible to design food production chains that are more ecological, less hierarchical yet as productive as today’s food industry. The project is also a huge Citizen Cyberscience project: it relies on participants to set up their own experiments, gather data and collectively seek the most effective strategies to grow food. The community can use both quantitative data from sensors and free annotations from participants to build this knowledge base.

The philosophy behind P2P Food Labs can be summarised in the following four points:

  • From seed to compost: We want to get involved with and informed about every aspect of the life cycle of your food. To achieve this, the budding community has developed a Starter Kit to make growing vegetables informative and fun for you, and valuable to growers across the earth. The community will also help it's members in the exchange of food with our neighbours and set up local composting groups in the near future.
  • Bringing the peer-to-peer spirit to food: P2P Food Lab is there to help CITIZENS to organise food production COLLABORATIVELY. Peer-to-peer means that we blur the distinction between food passive consumers and active producers to create a new category of “produsers” who both benefit . It also means that you plan food at local level, with neighbours, on a voluntary basis.
  • Technology & tools: The P2P Food Lab provides new tools to help you grow food. We have designed a first version of a mini greenhouse with affordable and advanced equipment to measure plant growth. We also provide tools to share your experiences or to ask for help online.
  • Commons: Over time, these exchanges will create a very useful source of know-how about growing, by and for growers themselves. And because the community believes in Free Software and Open Hardware, all tools will be freely accessible so that you can tweak and improve them. Build your greenhouse, food I/O box, community garden and composter using the community instructables and share your results with the world. Happy Hacking!

Our inspiration and partners

OpenGreens, by the artist collective OKNO in Brussels, is the ancestor of the P2P Food Lab project. The OpenGreens wiki and the related Time Inventors Kabinet is full of resources relating to urban food, monitoring systems, and more. It is a major repository for anyone interested in urban gardens, biodiversity, and DIY electronics.

The Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris teamed up with OKNO and introduced the P2P concept. Sony CSL is also further developing the technology platform.

Since then a number of organisations and people have joined P2P Food Lab or helped us grow. One of them is the European Center of Living Technology (ECLT), in Venice, Italy. They bring in a team of renowned social scientists analysing the socio-economic dynamics at work within the P2P Food Labs. We also work closely with WoMa, OuiShare, Planète Lilas, La Semeuse - Plate-forme pour une biodiversité urbaine at Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, La Paillasse, and Green FabLab Valldaura.

Our most important partner is YOU, and all the people interested in developing this project further. As we move forward, we will publish more and more information about how you can get involved. If you'd like to join, email contact@p2pfoodlab.net.


Here are some of the people actively involved in P2P Food Lab:

  • Peter Hanappe
  • Nicolas Duval
  • Pierre Mainguet
  • Marc Chataigner
  • Oceane Peisey
  • Ingrid Amaro
  • Delphine Chenuet
  • Annemie Maes
  • Luc Steels
  • Thomas Landrain
  • Benjamin Tincq
  • Justyna Swat
  • Léo Benichou
  • Jonathan Minchin
  • Balthazar de Tonnac
  • Guy Van Belle


Send an email to "contact -AT- p2pfoodlab.net".