Information to get users started in the Networking section

Welcome to the Local Food Systems Networking section!

The Networking section contains the social networking tools to help site users communicate and identify shared interests. The Networking section exists to help fledgling or expanding businesses and their supporters, particularly those in relatively close proximity, connect with each other to mutual benefit. Here you will find opportunities to connect with other individuals who are interested in starting new businesses, supporting existing businesses, and discussing ideas about local foods. The Networking section is focused on three main types of content:



Collaborative Business Networks (CBN) are designed for Local Food Systems users to collaborate, focus on, and achieve a specific, well defined goal. Primarily CBNs are used to develop business ecosystems, a collaborative network of entrepreneurs, existing businesses, business supporters, and customers that seek to create new or expand existing supply chains. However, CBNs have also be used for tasks such as developing inter-collegiate programs and as a vehicle for new community groups to organize around a shared vision. CBNs give site users a set of tools (posts, private messages, events, to do items, and folders) that allow them to organize and assign tasks, set deadlines, disseminate information, and share important files. CBNs can be either Public (available for everyone on the Local Food Systems website to see) or Private (view-able only by the members of the group).

Create A Collaborative Business Network



Common Interest Groups (CIG) allow you to discuss topics of interest with other Local Food Systems users. Less focused than Collaborative Business Networks, CIGs are designed to act as repositories of knowledge, to stimulate thought, and introduce people to new topics with which they are not familiar. Users with knowledge in topic areas are encouraged to share their experiences, post links to relevant articles, and answer questions from the Local Food Systems community. Tools available to CIGs include posts, events, and folders. These tools allow site users to disseminate information and share important files to other users that share their interests. CIGs can be either Public (available for everyone on the Local Food Systems website to see) or Private (view-able only by the members of the group).

Create A Common Interest Group



Forum Topics are for free flowing discussion on any topic relevant to Local Food Systems. You can start your own topic thread, or comment on an existing topic. All forum posts are public and view-able by all Local Food Systems users.

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Collaborative Business NetworksCreate A Collaborative Business Network

CBN Dashboard

Group Name Description Last Updatedsort ascending Creator Subscription
OARDC Natural Rubber Ecosystem   5 years 5 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
Food Processing Technologies Center

Develop a center / pilot / demo facility for Ohio food processing industry partners.

5 years 5 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
NEO_Breads

Develop a mission statement

5 years 5 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
Small Scale Soil Conservation Equipment

Development of equipment and associated production practices focused on soil conservation for small producers.  

 

5 years 7 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (SUAV)

This PUBLIC portfolio collaboration space is for companies that are currently in the SUAV sector, companies that would like to join the SUAV sector

5 years 11 months David Spisak Request group membership
 
Group Name Description Last Updatedsort ascending Creator Subscription
OARDC Natural Rubber Ecosystem   5 years 5 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
Food Processing Technologies Center

Develop a center / pilot / demo facility for Ohio food processing industry partners.

5 years 5 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
NEO_Breads

Develop a mission statement

5 years 5 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
Small Scale Soil Conservation Equipment

Development of equipment and associated production practices focused on soil conservation for small producers.  

 

5 years 7 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (SUAV)

This PUBLIC portfolio collaboration space is for companies that are currently in the SUAV sector, companies that would like to join the SUAV sector

5 years 11 months David Spisak Request group membership
Common Interest GroupsCreate A Common Interest Group

CIG Dashboard

Group Name Description Last Updatedsort ascending Creator Subscription
Food Desert issues in Urban and Rural Communities

Food Deserts have been identified  as a real issue impacting both urban and rural communities.

1 year 1 month Megan Shoenfelt Subscribe to group
Youth in Local Food Systems

We are an expanding network of educators, mentors, community activists, local foods entrepreneurs, students, parents,and interested others who are

1 year 1 month Ross MacDonald Subscribe to group
Summit Urban Farming Initiative   1 year 1 month ellsworth.2@osu.edu Subscribe to group
Top 10 Produce LLC National Ning Network

Cut and Paste this into your browser if you want to join this 100% Free Network.

1 year 1 month Top10ProduceLLC Subscribe to group
LFS Storytellers

The mission of this group is to tell stories about local food efforts, issues, opportunities, and entrepreneurs.

1 year 1 month Ross MacDonald Subscribe to group
Public - accessible to all site users
Group Name Description Last Updatedsort ascending Creator Subscription
Food Desert issues in Urban and Rural Communities

Food Deserts have been identified  as a real issue impacting both urban and rural communities.

1 year 1 month Megan Shoenfelt Subscribe to group
Youth in Local Food Systems

We are an expanding network of educators, mentors, community activists, local foods entrepreneurs, students, parents,and interested others who are

1 year 1 month Ross MacDonald Subscribe to group
Summit Urban Farming Initiative   1 year 1 month ellsworth.2@osu.edu Subscribe to group
Top 10 Produce LLC National Ning Network

Cut and Paste this into your browser if you want to join this 100% Free Network.

1 year 1 month Top10ProduceLLC Subscribe to group
LFS Storytellers

The mission of this group is to tell stories about local food efforts, issues, opportunities, and entrepreneurs.

1 year 1 month Ross MacDonald Subscribe to group

Forums Dashboard