On urban farming and ‘colonialism’ in Detroit’s North End neighborhood

What do you think about attempts to gentrify the urban agriculture movement? This article explains it.

“Neocolonial projects like MUFI demonstrate that well-intent is not enough to address the systemic issues around food security and poverty. Food security and poverty have less to do with access and more to do with structural and historical disparities around power,” he says. “That’s what sets charity programs like MUFI apart from more grassroots, self-determined models like Oakland Avenue, D-Town Farms, and Feedom Freedom. As long as we only address the symptoms of food security and poverty, we also perpetuate the disparities of power that create them.”


City of Columbus Hearing on the Local Food Action Plan

Time:           4:00 p.m.
Date:           Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Location:              Columbus Neighborhood Health Center
Medical Clinic
2300 W Broad St
(614) 645-2300

Notice/Advertisement Title:  Health and Human Services Committee Meeting
Contact Name: Carl G. Williams
Contact Telephone Number: (614)645-0854
Contact Email Address: cgwilliams@columbus.gov<mailto:cgwilliams@columbus.gov>

President Pro Tempore Priscilla R. Tyson, chair of the Health and Human Services Committee will host a public hearing to review the Local Food Action Plan.  The Local Food Action Plan is designed to:  Improve access to nutritious food, and education about healthy food; increase the role of food in economic development; prevent food related waste; and enhance communication and coordination among existing food resources and agencies.

Representatives from the Columbus Public Health and other community stakeholders will be available to present, discuss, and update the community regarding the current status of the plan.

Click here to download the DRAFT Local Food Action Plan

The meeting will be held at:

Time:           4:00 p.m.
Date:           Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Location:               Columbus Neighborhood Health Center
Medical Clinic
2300 W Broad St
(614) 645-2300

Public Testimony: Public testimony will be accepted. Comments will be limited to three (3) minutes. Individuals wishing to offer testimony must fill out a speaker slip at turn it in between 3:45p.m. to  4:00 p.m., on site, before the hearing convenes.


Columbus Neighborhood Health Center
Medical Clinic
2300 W Broad St
(614) 645-2300

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Carl Williams
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Cheryl  Graffagnino

Swiss Chard with Local Cream


Separate the stems and leaves of 2 bunches rainbow chard; coarsely chop. Cook the stems, 1 sliced garlic clove and a pinch of salt in olive oil, covered but stirring occasionally, 6 minutes; transfer to a bowl. Cook the leaves, stirring, 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup cream; simmer 3 minutes. Stir in the stems, lemon juice, salt and pepper.

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?.

The What’s What of CSA’s

You’ve heard the acronym thrown around at farmers’ markets by devoted foodies. Perhaps you have conjured some ideas about what a “CSA share” actually means. For some of you, this is the first time you’ve ever seen the letters together (don’t worry). Allow us to demystify any confusion.

CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture,” and they have grown in popularity in an effort to bridge the gap between farmer and consumer. Essentially, a CSA is a trust pact between a farmer and a buyer, whereby the buyer purchases a share in a farm’s harvest. The money from each share serves as pre-season capital for the farmer. The buyer is guaranteed a bag of produce* weekly or bi-weekly. The trust factor becomes important when weather is factored in. Favorable weather one week? Likely a bigger, more diverse bag of produce. Mid-July in a drought (2012, anyone?)? Lots of tomatoes, folks. Either way, both parties have worked to mutually benefit the other.

Regardless the yield, understanding where your food is coming from, who grew it, and which chemicals were used to cultivate it is of growing interest to the American public. After all, isn’t there something more romantic about an apple with a few spots on it than a glossy green apple big enough for two?

Click here for a comprehensive database of Central Ohio CSA farms.

*Loosely defined as vegetables, fruits, bread, cottage foods (jam, honey, popcorn. . .), coffee, etc.


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.