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!).
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.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Kathleen Merrigan, USDA Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Increasing Access to Locally Grown and Healthy Food
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?
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.
Working Lunch provided by Ohio State University Extension
Ohio grown to the extent possible.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
City Folk’s Farm Shop, the store that assists Columbus home gardeners, backyard livestock raisers, and homesteaders. We offer tools and services to promote Happy Growing! Today is the store’s soft opening. Stop by and check it out!
4760 North High Street • Columbus, Ohio 43214 • 614-946-5553
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: firstname.lastname@example.org www.franklintongardens.org
If you love the hot stuff next weekend you’ll have to go to North Market Fiery Foods Weekend on February 18th and 19th. From special vendors to fiery foods cooking and eating contests plus kids activities and live music.
The challenge to getting fresh food into the urban center is building enough demand among the residents. This article shows that shopkeepers at corner stores want to carry more fresh vegetable and fruit, but the demand for such is not there yet. Economically disadvantaged people usually have less time to prepare fresh whole foods. Many folks lack the cooking skills and often the equipment. It is much easier and usually cheaper to eat processed foods that are much less nutritious. Franklinton Gardens is working on the many elements of this complex issue.