Local & Regional Food
Interest in local and regional foods has escalated, resulting in development of a variety of local food projects focuses on new production, marketing, research, policies, events, and impacts in communities throughout Ohio.
- Get an overview of local food systems and what's happening in Ohio.
- Learn about collaborative approaches for food entrepreneur development
- Quickly find resources to plan, develop, finance, market, evaluate local food movements.
- Connect with local, state and national networks.
- Listen to success stories, watch video clips & read case studies.
- Link to various Ohio organizations and to Ohio MarketMaker, an interactive Web site connecting producers, buyers and others throughout the food chain.
Overview of local/regional food systems & what’s happening in Ohio
Ohio Farmers' Market Managers formed a new network in 2009.
Local Food Systems focuses on networking local food systems throughout the state and neighboring communities.
Resources to plan, develop, finance, market, evaluate local food movements
Assess Local Food systems
- OSU Social Responsibility Initiative (SRI)
- Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit
- Cincinnati Community Food Assessment Research Project 2005-2006
- Moving Food Along the Value Chain: Innovations in Regional Food Distribution
Promote local food
- Add your free profile to Ohio MarketMaker
- Ohio Department of Agriculture attracted a record number of partners through an updated Ohio Proud campaign. View promo
- Ohio Farm Bureau promotes local foods through an Our Ohio magazine, television show, and website.
- OEFFA (organic)
Develop value-added foods
- OSU Food Industries, Central Ohio
- ACEnet, Southeast, Ohio
- Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT), Northwest Ohio
Develop local food systems and local food policies
Link local food & culinary tourism
Connect with local, state and national networks
If you are a consumer interested in buying local food or learning to grow, raise, and preserve local food, visit:
If you are a business interested in buying local food, visit Ohio MarketMaker to find local food sources:
- Convenience & Grocery Stores (small/large)
- Caterers & Restaurants
- Government Agencies, Schools & Institutions
- Food Banks, cooperatives, etc.
If you are a producer interested in selling local food:
- Marketing Local Food
- Distribution Supply Chain Basics: The Dynamics of Change in the U.S. Food Marketing Environment
- Financing Growing Opportunity
- Guide to Farm Bill Funding
If you are a community leader interested in advancing local food:
- Local economic developers
- Social justice supporters
- Environmental interest organizations
- Others special interest groups
- Leopold Center
- On-line course about how to frame the work of promoting local food systems.
- Wallace Center, Winrock International
- Sustainable Development
- Sustainable Ag. & Food System Funders
If you are an educator or researcher interested in local food:
Listen to local food stories, watch video clips & read case studies
Benefits of developing a local food system include:
- consumer satisfaction with nutritious and delicious food
- business profitability & viability
- local community & economic development
- environmental impacts from reduced transportation costs
- social benefits encouraged through building local relationships
Stories form all of these perspectives coming soon
Learn from the Experts:
- Local and Regional Food, Julie Fox, Direct Marketing Specialist, OSU
- Responding to the Growth of Local Foods, Lisa Schacht, Schacht Farm Market
- Creating Change in the Food System: The role of regional food networks in Iowa
- Lorain, Medina and Wayne County CVBs have formed "Fresh Ohio" to promote local food and more. "Fresh Ohio" debuted at the 2009 Heartland Travel Showcase.
- Cleveland, OH - City Fresh & Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition
- Our Ohio, farm fresh food stories from Ohio Farm Bureau
- Ohio Proud Connections Newsletter launched in spring 2012
Link to Ohio Organizations and Programs
Ohio MarketMaker is a web-based resource for all businesses in the food supply chain. The program is part of a national network that connects food producers with food buyers - retailers, grocery stores, processors, caterers, chefs, and other food supply chain contacts.
Various Ohio organizations promote local food and beverages including: