How big a yard do you need to live off the fat of the land?

I was surprised at how little land this analysis says you need for a family of four.  It seems they did not mean to grow the feed for the animals on their own land, indicated by the very small area allotted for the animals.  In my opinion, living off the land means producing most of the feed for any animals on the land as well.

It is worth thinking about our true carbon food-print. The site is a resource for solar energy options. It’s worth checking out.

Home Solar Power Discounts – One Block Off the Grid
How big a yard do you need to live off the fat of the land?.

Columbus International Festival 2012

One of the advantages of living in a cosmopolitan city is that dining locally doesn’t mean having to forgo international cuisine. Many such dishes were available this Sunday at the Columbus International Festival, held in the Vets Memorial Center. For the first time in the festival’s history, there was a contest to decide the best of these foods, and I had the pleasure of judging this contest, along with Bethia Woolf, from Columbus Food Adventures, Jim Ellison, of CMH Gourmand, and Erika Pryor, reporting for Advanced Language Access.


(From left to right: Erika Pryor, Wayne Shingler, Jim Ellison, and Bethia Woolf. Photo by Columbus International Festival)

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Investment Fund Provides Capital for Sustainable Farms

oeffa investment fundOEFFA in partnership with a group of socially-motivated local investors who are making $500,000 available to launch a groundbreaking initiative: the OEFFA Investment Fund. The purpose of the fund is to promote sustainable agriculture in Ohio by making flexible and affordable capital available to OEFFA member farmers and farm-related businesses.

The initiative seeks to fill the gap where traditional sources of capital fall short.

Read More at: OEFFA Launches New Investment Fund « SOLE Support Our Local Economy.

Food Myth: we need industrial farming to feed the world

Big agri-business spends obscene amounts of money to promote the myth that we need industrialized farming with its pesticides, pollution and factory farms to be able to feed the world. Well, it’s just false.

Industrial agriculture is good for big pharma and chemical corporations but is unsustainable and expensive to our health and the environment. It hurts family farmers by making them dependent on corporations for all their inputs. As fewer corporations control the markets for crops, farmers have no choice but to sell for less than it costs to produce.

Study after independent study has shown that organic, sustainable agriculture will grow more than enough for everyone globally. By allowing farmers more control over what they grow and how they sell it, it empowers them to grow for their local region and markets. Locally grown food will feed the world.

There is another myth that you can’t make a living in urban agriculture. We’ll deal with that one in a future post. For now take a look at this neat 7 minute video. Please share it with your social network.

Commercial Kitchen for Rent in Columbus

Are you a new food entrepreneur looking for a commercial kitchen to rent by the hour? When you are just starting out the cost of setting up your own kitchen can be prohibitive. Don’t sweat it there are other alternatives like renting an inspected commercial kitchen.

The Food Fort Columbus Commercial Kitchen Rental located at 737 Parkwood Ave., Columbus, OH 43219.  Fully equipped kitchen and bakery, marketing and business incubation support. More information at www.thefoodfort.com  614-559-0163

Urban Chefs, Located in NE Columbus,  commercial kitchen facility equipped for production of  tomato based sauces, catering, food trucks. Contact Anthony Frazier 614-622-2900 afrazier@its-soulicious.com

Columbus Kitchen Leasing located at 2680 Billingsley Rd, Columbus, OH  43235.  We have two commercial kitchens for rent by the hour, day, or month.  One is a traditional catering kitchen and the other is a dedicated gluten free commercial kitchen.  Both kitchens are fully licenses by the Columbus Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Agriculture.  We also have special licenses for the wholesale production of frozen food. Rates: $15/hour (as of 11/2012)
Judee DeJaco, owner, Columbus Kitchen Leasing
2680 Billingsley Rd, Columbus, OH  43235
614-579-5157  Shown by appt. only More info at: Columbus Kitchen Leasing

OSU Food Industries Center creates a bridge for outside entrepreneurs who have outgrown their home equipment. Kitchens can be rented in blocks of time at cost of $20-25/hr.  Contact Jayne Sholl. More information at Food Industries Center.
The Wilbur A. Gould Food Industries Center, 110 Parker Food Science and Technology, 2015 Fyffe Court, Columbus, OH 43210, P: (614) 292-7004 | F: (614) 688-5459 | osufic@osu.edu


 

If you have kitchen space available contact me via email.  You can also comment below to place a public listing on this page.

Local food and fun at the Ohio Fish & Shrimp Festival

Celebrate the bounty of Ohio’s local food at the Ohio Fish and Shrimp Festival.  Sept. 14th, 15th and 16th, 2012.  There will be music and lots of food, activities for the kids and the facinating and educational tour of FreshWater Farms hatchery!

Festivities kick off Friday evening with live music, mouth-watering seafood selections from the Freshwater Farms food booth as well a variety of food options from other vendors, games and activities for the whole family. There will be freshly harvested shrimp from multiple farmers for sale beginning Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. HURRY-They sell out early! (Last year we sold out in TWO HOURS!).

More info  on their website: Ohio Fish & Shrimp Festival.

INVITE: Ohio Grown: Local Food Creating Local Opportunities

Come learn about changing policies to support local food economies, local food financing, and more on August 9 in Columbus with US Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan.

You are invited!

Ohio Grown: Local Food Creating
Local Opportunities

With Keynote Speaker Kathleen Merrigan,
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

Come learn about changing policies to support local food
economies, local food financing, scaling up, and more.

Thursday, August 9, 2012
9:00am – 5:00pm
Registration begins at 8:30am

The Ohio State University
Fawcett Center
2400 Olentangy River Rd.
Columbus, Ohio

Please register for the event by contacting Ohio State University
Extension at (614) 292-7875 or grevents@cfaes.osu.edu

This event is free and open to the public
Locally-sourced lunch will be available for $15/person

Space available for materials or display of your organization; please request in your RSVP. Space is limited. First Come, First Served.

Tentative Agenda

 

Time Session
8:30-9:00am Registration
9:00-9:15am Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15-10:00am Keynote Speaker:
Kathleen Merrigan, USDA Deputy Secretary of Agriculture

Increasing Access to Locally Grown and Healthy Food
10:00-11:00am Why Local? The Potential of a Local Food Economy—How does local food fit into the future of Ohio’s economy? Can local food create jobs and opportunities for rural and urban Americans alike? What will it take to make sustainable agriculture a viable career and profitable business opportunity for Ohio farmers?
11:00-11:15am Networking/Break
11:15-12:15pm Good Food Financing—Whether a farm business, a grain mill, a food hub, or a school, the future of local food must be rooted in sound economics and viable business models. Finance experts and practitioners will share their wisdom.
12:15-1:15pm Working Lunch provided by Ohio State University Extension
Ohio grown to the extent possible.
1:15-1:30pm Networking/Break
1:30-2:30pm Making the Local Food Connection—This panel will feature individuals from Ohio and beyond who are involved in institutional purchasing and others who will explain how they are tackling the challenges associated with the aggregation, distribution, and infrastructure of local food.
2:30-2:45pm Networking/Break
2:45-3:45pm Changing Policy To Support Local Food Economies—From local zoning and regional planning to federal food and agriculture laws, policy can help or hinder continued growth of a local food economy. A few of Ohio’s leaders will discuss their efforts to change policy to support local food economies.
3:45-4:45pm Building on Best Practices & Looking Forward—Ohioans who are making local work will share lessons learned, best practices, and lead a discussion on what it will take to grow Ohio’s local food economy in the years to come.


Networking Reception with Ohio-Made Beverages
Additional details to follow

 

PBS Series on Urban Farming

Food Forward: Urban Farming is the pilot episode spotlighting the people who are on the edge of growing food where the consumers are, in our cities. The idea of growing food in the city is not new around the world, but for the last 70 years Americans have seen a growing distance between them and the sources of their food.  This disconnect has lead to unethical practices in food production and a decrease in the nutritional value of our food. Now we see a movement toward re-connecting with our food.  Here in Columbus we have our own crop of cutting edge urban farmers.

Watch Pilot: Urban Farming on PBS. See more from Food Forward.