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LocalFoodSystems.org LocalFoodSystems.org is a social networking website promoting strong local economies by building a business environment for people interested in local agriculture. If it were possible for an institutional buyer and a farmer to take care of all of their business just by phone or mail, things would be fine. But as you can see from the stories in this guide, a buyer often needs multiple farmers to fill out a menu, and farmers often need shippers, packers, processors, or all three to get their produce in the right form at the right time and to the right place. That means lots of entities need to work as a network and to help build a new supply chain within Ohio. How do you plan a whole supply chain network of businesses? You can use the tools on LocalFoodSystems. org. Entrepreneurs can use the features on this site to connect their business ideas into a supply-chain network of locally-owned businesses, both existing and in the planning stage. If there is an opportunity for a new business to be launched, the entrepreneurs using the site can work together and also find the capital needed to launch their enterprises. The Agroecosystems Management Program of The Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center organized a local

food system workshop on February 29, 2008 at the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The workshop brought together key participants from throughout Ohio’s food system for the first time and generated tremendous energy and excitement about working together. Specific topics of interest included those of distribution and infrastructure. This social networking website was launched during the workshop as a way to keep the participants connected, communicating, and productive. The site has since grown steadily in subscribers and working groups. Grants have further funded development and were focused on strengthening networking capacity and honing collaborative skills that prompt market expansion, technology commercialization, and business growth in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and beyond. LocalFoodSystems.org is a project of the Agroecosystems Management Program of The Ohio State University, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and additional collaborators in Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Site development has been supported by a USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative Regional Partnerships for Innovation Grant as well as a structural-change grant from the Fund for Our Economic Future in Northeast Ohio. s 19

Ohio's Specialty Crops: A Boost to Food Service Menus  
Ohio's Specialty Crops: A Boost to Food Service Menus  

Ohio’s Specialty Crops: A Boost to Food Service Menus is intended to be a resource for specialty-crop producers (individually or producers w...

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