Recent Posts in Local Food Systems Computer Modeling, GIS, Data(mining) group

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web admin Jan 24, 4:22pm

The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) Sustainable Agriculture Team and Agroecosystems Management Program (AMP) are offering interdisciplinary grants to promote on-farm research in sustainable agriculture. This program is made available through the Paul C. and Edna H. Warner Endowment Fund established specifically for on-farm research in sustainable agriculture related to crop (agronomic and horticultural) and animal production systems that are intended for human consumption.

The deadline of the proposal is Monday, March 5, 2018.

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Kevin Armstrong Mar 24, 1:45pm

Updates to the Local Food Systems website have been successfully implemented!  The changes went more smoothly and quicker than expected and all website functions appear to be operating normally.  However if we missed something and you experience problems with the website, please contact Kevin Armstrong via email ( with a description of the problem.  Thank you for your patience as we made these changes.

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Kevin Armstrong Mar 20, 1:15pm

Beginning March 23rd, 2015 we will be making updates to the Local Food Systems website's server.  This may result in periods where the Local Food Systems website is unavailable.  We will make every effort to ensure that these down times are as short as possible and will post another message when updates are complete.  These updates will help us implement further improvements to the Local Food Systems website that we hope to unveil later this summer.

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Michelle Ajamian ... Aug 28, 12:44pm

Shagbark Seed & Mill, a regional scale certified organic seed and flour mill famous for using only Ohio Grown, chemical free, or certified organic crops, is in the running for a $10,000 prize from Martha Stewart's American Made contest. Please go HERE to vote up to six times a day (you must register the first time in), and help the expansion efforts of Shagbark Seed & Mill!


Thank you,


Michelle & Brandon


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David Reed Apr 1, 4:10pm

Is anybody working on a GIS data model for local food systems?  In other words, a list of the features and feature attributes that would be useful in a map of the system. For example, you would have farms, farmer markets,  grocery stores, distributors, processors, institutions, etc.  A draft list of features is attached.

 Also, I'm wondering about using open source mapping, or 'crowd sourcing', of the data.

 I'm aware of Marketmaker.

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John Saldanha Aug 24, 11:06am

Sharing something near and dear to my research interests, hoping to tackle problems like this in the near future. Thought I would share in case you haven't seen this.


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Casey W. Hoy Feb 20, 6:01pm

I was telling Kari Moore about this biomimicry-based technique for optimizing transportation routes, and figured the rest of this group might be interested as well, so I'm posting here rather than just emailing Kari.  Most of the work so far has been done in Europe, but we do have some OSU Fisher School of Business faculty who are beginning to work with this algorithm.  

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Bob Haugen Jul 27, 2:39pm

I posted this message in the Logistics group, in response to Sam Earle's message entitled "Supply Chain and Technology".  Reposting since I did not include some other groups that might be interested.

This is administrative software for groups of producers who pool their food and distribute to many customers.

Also manages food processing.

Developed with and for several local food networks in the US and Canada.

Up and running.  Source code available.

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Dan Remley May 17, 2:53pm

In Butler County we are developing a mobile farmers market with a strong focus on nutrition and horticulture education. The name of the project is Produce on Wheels for Eating Right (POWER). I have attached the vision, mission, and goals.

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John Bailey Jun 15, 5:57pm

We have organizations that support the local food movement highlighted in the states where they volunteer one hour per month to act as state admin.  Would like the honor of Ohio?


Go to 1) Sign in 2) Join the ohio group 3) Email and we will add you as the Ohio State Administators.

Others, if you state is not spoken for and you want to throw your support behing the localfood movement, this is a great way to do so. 

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John Bailey Jun 13, 11:11am

OUR LOCALE - Please add your profile to your  state.  Seeking volunteer state administrators!

Please volunteer for your state.  We only need one admin per state and we have plenty of states left!

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John Bailey Feb 20, 3:18am

We will market the heck out of you and it will always be 100% Free.

Can you feel the Local Food Momentum starting to Grow?


We can!




John Bailey

Executive Director

Top 10 Produce LLC &

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Joshua Kramer Jun 19, 9:31pm

Hello Everybody,

I was given the link to Local Food Systems by a reporter at the Mount Vernon News.  What an interesting site!

I have a question.  It seems like most of the data being discussed here comes from external sources - GIS data, Census data, etc.  What applications can you think of for data coming directly from the farms and businesses they serve?

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Michelle Ajamian ... Feb 7, 11:23am

I am working on putting together a coherent "context" section for presentations and grant proposals that tells the story of how we lost our localized staple food production (grains, beans, and oilseeds).

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Michelle Ajamian ... Dec 10, 7:40pm

Hey Everybody,

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web admin Sep 28, 1:36pm

Hi friends,

I received lots of great feedback from many of you that I had a chance to speak with at the Stinner Summit recently.


Lots of projects and groups were interested in havign access to geographic mapping online.  It turns out that there is already a resource available that offers quite a bit of publicly-available data.


That tool is Ohio Market Maker


(also linked to under useful links above)