Body: 

The mission of this open work group is to improve the health and well being of inner city communities and residents in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.  Our two main strategies are to (1) support the development of a local food system while (2) working from the inside out.   

We emphasize system in local foods because maximal economic and social benefit derive from linking components in the food value chain.  Entrepeneurs who shape their businesses to include multiple links in the chain significantly increase their profit.  For example, entrepreneurs who grow vegetables on once blighted urban land, and who harvest those vegetables, and then who prepare and sell healthy, tasty meals gain higher profit than those who only engage in one aspect.  Profit and community health are linked; each is benefitted from understanding and participating across the inter-linked system of local food.  Those who simply grow and sell can make a profit to be sure, but the multiple link approach leverages the value add of each link into a significantly more advantageous bottom line.  

We also commit to working from the inside out.  This means that the group's core value is being active in the community.  It also means that the community's self-defined needs and opportunities set the agenda and guide our efforts.  We welcome and benefit from the active involvement of all, but we expect all to serve the community core.  Thus the group consists of people in a variety of public roles, including: community leaders and networkers, educators, policymakers, health workers, entrepreneurs, extension experts, and students.

 

Members

Marianne Riofrio's picture
Marianne Riofrio
Member
Neal Bluel's picture
Neal Bluel
Member
Megan Shoenfelt's picture
Megan Shoenfelt
Member
Elsa Higby's picture
Elsa Higby
Member
choy's picture
choy
Member
The Akron Cooperative's picture
The Akron Coope...
Member
Top10ProduceLLC's picture
Top10ProduceLLC
Member
Gardens Under Glass's picture
Gardens Under Glass
Member
Sandy Chenal's picture
Sandy Chenal
Member

Visibility

Public - accessible to all site users

Calendar

June 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
24
25
26
27
28
29
30