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Steve Bosserman Dec 28, 11:15am

The attached article, Local & loving it is in today's USA Weekend.  The author, Natalie Ermann Russell, shares her recent "locavore" experiences planning a "local-only" family birthday celebration.  In the course of the narrative, she offers several links to sites with information about local foods and local economies.

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Michelle Ajamian ... Dec 26, 8:47pm

Kellogg funded this on-line course about how to frame the work of promoting local food systems. It's a commitment to sit through, but there are some key findings in the research that can inform how we talk/write/communicate about the benefits of local systems and the consequences of the mega systems that dominate our food sources.  Check it out at---http://www.hollyworks.com/frameworks/course/

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Michelle Ajamian ... Dec 22, 1:58pm

       We just received word from the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation that we will be receiving another 3 thousand dollars from them for the Staple Foods Project in Southeastern Ohio.

       This support will be used to help in the post-harvest phases (storing, dehulling, milling, packing, labeling, etc.) for the crop that will produced and harvested on Kip and Becky Rondy's Green Edge Organic Gardens in Amesville Ohio (OLFSC members), in 2009, with the support of Stinner Endowment funding.

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web admin Dec 15, 10:19am

After a discussion with a farmer here in Michigan, who is interested in incorporating biofuel production into his rotating crop enterprise, I went ahead and set up http://socialsynergyweb.org/oardc/permaculture-based-and-small-farm-prod... as a group here to explore this ide.

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Michelle Ajamian ... Dec 12, 3:34pm

I just spoke with Lisa Hamler-Fugitt from Second Harvest to learn more about how we can ensure the growing local/regional food movement doesn't leave the most food insecure folks in the dust and she directed me to the Ohio Second Harvest Food Bank Agricultural Clearance program.Here's the website that tells more and who to contact should you have a surplus of nutritious food in your field. 

 

http://www.oashf.org/agclearprogram.html

 Michelle 

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web admin Dec 11, 3:31pm

I am about ready to start a perhaps 2 month process to create an http://www.communitywiki.org/OrganizedInquiry around useful, self-sustaining financial models for Local Food Systems, and local economies in general. I plan on connecting this to several online and offline communities that are exploring or implenting ideas related to the economics of local economies.

 Before I do this, it would be really beneficial to have some feedback on the questions being asked.

 

Right now I am looking at the following questions:

 

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web admin Dec 1, 9:36pm

This is refactored from an email discussion taking place herehttp://groups.google.com/group/entreco/browse_thread/thread/1cf1a02908053b22

 

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web admin Nov 22, 7:38pm

Wanted to inform people interested in education about a resource that is available for helping educators collaboratively learn to incorporate social media tools into the processes in useful ways

 

You may join http://socialmediaclassroom.com/community and check out http://socialmediaclassroom.com/

These tools are made with the same software that is running this site. Feel free to jon, explore, download and use the tools and information we have available there. And feel free to join the discussion. Anyone interested in education is welcome.

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Michelle Ajamian ... Oct 27, 12:23pm

Greetings,

   This is a revision, in response to the very helpful comments on the proposal in the blog entitled, "Providing Infrastructure for Farmers in Appalachian Ohio to Meet the Demand for Locally Procured Staple Foods".

   Once again, comments are welcome.

Our 2007 NCR-SARE farmer grant to test various staple crops in Appalachian Ohio, has garnered considerable interest in locally procured staple foods among food outlets and consumers, and several new and seasoned farmers are eager to form a staple growers’ cooperative.

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web admin Sep 28, 2:36pm

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)

 

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Brian Schlatter Sep 26, 10:03am

I just came acrossed this website this morning www.buylocalpa.org It is a listing site like local harvest but just for PA. I was wondering what others opions were on starting something like this or if there is something out there already that could be expanded. This could be a nice start for those in Ohio that are looking for local products but are not sure where to start.

 Brian

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Michelle Ajamian ... Sep 22, 10:01am

        Our 2007 NCR-SARE farmer grant to test various staple crops in Appalachian Ohio, has garnered considerable interest in locally procured staple foods among food outlets and consumers, and several new and seasoned farmers are eager to form a staple growers’ cooperative.

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Michelle Ajamian ... Sep 11, 2:16pm

We recently posted this as a question, but have decided to repost as a new message...  We are working on a proposal for the Stinner Endowment.
The project is fairly broad, covering several social issues, and, appropriately, seeking funding from a wide range of sources, and collaboration from a wide-ranging network.
  Here’s the synopsis, after which I will write the question we have for everybody to give input on:

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Casey W. Hoy Aug 22, 2:34pm

As promised, here is the text of the USDA SCRI proposal submitted last week.  Just writing the proposal was a great start on collaboration between Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and John Deere.  I'm sure the ideas in the proposal will continue to grow in other directions as well.  Please don't hesitate to engage the group, or any of the other working groups of course, if you have ideas for how to expand on these efforts beyond the proposed project.

Regards,

Casey 

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Christine T. Hughes Jul 29, 2:12pm

I just learned that the USDA is seeking comments before they update the Child Nutrition Programs, and the regional meeting for Ohio is September 10th, in Chicago. Is anyone from the Healthy Foods Access group (7 members) able to attend and make a presentation? If so, you must register by August 22nd. I hope this collaborative has something planned for this invitation for public comments.

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Steve Bosserman Jul 8, 9:37am

The article below by James Burke relates to an earlier OLFSC posting by Ross MacDonald about My Farm in the Bay Area. The My Farm business model is one we are exploring for possible application in the Greener Acres - Worthington Hills project which is getting started. You can track our progress and even join our effort via the Greener Acres group on the OLFSC.

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web admin Jun 18, 9:34am

I just established a new group here:

http://socialsynergyweb.org/oardc/local-food-systems-computer-modeling-g...

This is a meta group to explore, discuss, post blog posts, ideas, and resources about technology applications, best practices, and resources for Computer Simulation, GIS and Datamining of local food systems.

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Brian Schlatter Jun 2, 6:52pm

From the first meeting with LEAP, the Value Added Dairy committee had 3 main points that they wanted to work on. On May 31st we held a strategy session to determine where to go from there. After much discussion and lots of comments the group decided to concentrate there efforts on two areas, for a presentation at the Stinner Summit in September.

1) A list of vendors, suppliers, resources for those who are making, planning, or who are thinking about doing some kind of value added dairy.

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Steve Bosserman Apr 13, 6:59pm

Recently, I have had several conversations about local foods with refugee-immigrants from a wide range of African nations who are currently living in the central Ohio area. Whether from the Horn of Africa in the east to Nigeria, Ghana, and Cameroon in the west, they show a keen interest in locally produced, processed, and prepared foods, especially those that come from or are closely akin to what they had available in their native lands.

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Meiki Wollni Feb 29, 4:04pm

Strengthen and Expand Ohio's Meat Processing Infrastructure to Benefit Producers, Traditional Consumers and Emerging Cultural Communities

Goals: