live off the land

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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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  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

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 |


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

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.

Support Local Small Businesses at your Farmers’ Market

Many small businesses get their start at Farmers’ Markets. The markets provide the opportunity for local customers to learn about their products. Start-ups can build a customer base and do market research that they can use to jump start their marketing efforts. Central Ohio is a rich environment for small businesses with many local markets to choose from.  This past winter we visited some local vendors at the Columbus Winter Farmers’ Market.  Below is a list of the vendors in the video. Contact them directly and support your local economy.

Swisher Creek Farm
Blacklick, Ohio – Pete & Judy Klein

The Batch Bakery
Columbus, Ohio

Eban Bakery – Gluten Free
Columbus, Ohio

Timbre Wolves – Old-time String Band
(614) 268-6353

Rausch Beef
Marysville, Ohio

Sugar B Bakery
Galena, Ohio
(614) 448-7115

Oh Lather Soap Works
Columbus, Ohio
(614) 263-6625

Taylor’s Made Original Hott Pepper Sauce
Blacklick, Ohio (614) 271-0473

Carousel Watergardens Farm &
Cathy’s Tasty Treats – Marion, Ohio (740) 387-3580

YouTubeVideo by Unlimited Media



Urban Farming For Profit

I have long believed that urban farming cannot be truly sustainable unless there are people who can earn a living or partial living at it. It needs to turn into small business to remain with us for a long time. We need to consider our local ordinances and our attitudes about urban farming so that it is viewed like any other small business and is welcomed in our neighborhoods.  Read the full article:  Urban Farming For Profit.

Franklinton Gardens Hosting volunteer work days

Dear Friends of Franklinton Gardens,

During the next two weekends in February, Franklinton Gardens will be hosting volunteer work days from 9am-4pm at the Farmhouse, the Franklinton Gardens intern house at 909 W Rich Street. We are in need of many hands to help with remodeling work that we hope to finish by March 1st. Work detail will involve removing wall paneling, removing drop tile ceilings, patching holes in the walls and ceilings, cleaning windows, painting walls, ect. The more volunteers the better, we have loads of work and can accommodate both indoor remodeling and outdoor garden preparation projects, depending on volunteer turnout and weather. If you plan to help out either this weekend (February 18th and 19th), or the next weekend (February 25th and 26th), please notify us at info@franklintongardens, or by phone at (614) 205-3591 so that we can plan accordingly.

Thanks for your support!

Franklinton Gardens is dedicated to promoting urban agriculture and healthy food access in the Franklinton neighborhood. Creation of beauty in abandoned places, the sharing of food among neighbors, educating about nutrition and active lifestyles, and building a just and peaceable community are central themes of the Franklinton Gardens mission. — Nicholas Stanich Americorps VISTA, Franklinton Gardens Franklinton Gardens 909 W Rich Street Columbus, Ohio 43222 Cell: 614-562-4804 Office: 614.224.4770 Email: