Networking On Local Food Systems

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 Groups


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 Updated Creator Subscriptionsort descending
Small Business Management

A general study of the field of small business focusing on policies,
strategies, organization, operation, and problems associated with

1 year 3 months webadmin Request group membership
Mellinger Farm Land Management and Operations

Draft a land management plan that will include strategies for rental contracts and management and programs. 

5 years 4 months Casey Hoy Request group membership
NEO Juice, Beer, Wine, & Spirits   4 years 6 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.  

 

4 years 8 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
Corn Crop Destruction

To reduce and eventually eliminate the destruction of corn stalks due to wind destruction.

2 years 7 months Mark Mittiga Request group membership
Public - accessible to all site users
Group Name Description Last Updated Creator Subscriptionsort descending
Small Business Management

A general study of the field of small business focusing on policies,
strategies, organization, operation, and problems associated with

1 year 3 months webadmin Request group membership
Corn Crop Destruction

To reduce and eventually eliminate the destruction of corn stalks due to wind destruction.

2 years 7 months Mark Mittiga Request group membership
 
Group Name Description Last Updated Creator Subscriptionsort descending
Mellinger Farm Land Management and Operations

Draft a land management plan that will include strategies for rental contracts and management and programs. 

5 years 4 months Casey Hoy Request group membership
NEO Juice, Beer, Wine, & Spirits   4 years 6 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.  

 

4 years 8 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
Common Interest GroupsCreate A Common Interest Group

CIG Dashboard

Group Name Description Last Updated Creator Subscriptionsort descending
Consumer-driven production practices, consumer education opportunities, educational needs for the producer

Three main areas of emphasis were chosen by this group:

3 months 2 weeks Leah Miller Request group membership
Coalition for Food Abundance in Pittsburgh Wiki

The purpose of this workspace is to provide a space to collaboratively develop a manual for food sovereignty in Western PA.

3 months 2 weeks webadmin Request group membership
Farm Impossible

This project was developed at the 6th Annual Stinner Summit.  The project title, support and objectives are:  

 

3 months 2 weeks Chester Bowling Request group membership
SLOW MONEY NEO (Cleveland and Beyond)

SLOW MONEY NEO CONNECTS INVESTORS LOCALLY WITH LOCAL FOOD ENTREPRENUERS TO BRING DOLLARS FROM WALL STREET TO MAIN STREET, INVESTING IN FOOD, FARMS,

3 months 2 weeks janlitt Request group membership
Regional, National and International Partners

The Regional, National and International Partners working group is specifically for our colleagues from outside of Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania

3 months 2 weeks Casey Hoy Request group membership
Public - accessible to all site users
Group Name Description Last Updated Creator Subscriptionsort descending
Consumer-driven production practices, consumer education opportunities, educational needs for the producer

Three main areas of emphasis were chosen by this group:

3 months 2 weeks Leah Miller Request group membership
Coalition for Food Abundance in Pittsburgh Wiki

The purpose of this workspace is to provide a space to collaboratively develop a manual for food sovereignty in Western PA.

3 months 2 weeks webadmin Request group membership
Farm Impossible

This project was developed at the 6th Annual Stinner Summit.  The project title, support and objectives are:  

 

3 months 2 weeks Chester Bowling Request group membership
SLOW MONEY NEO (Cleveland and Beyond)

SLOW MONEY NEO CONNECTS INVESTORS LOCALLY WITH LOCAL FOOD ENTREPRENUERS TO BRING DOLLARS FROM WALL STREET TO MAIN STREET, INVESTING IN FOOD, FARMS,

3 months 2 weeks janlitt Request group membership
Regional, National and International Partners

The Regional, National and International Partners working group is specifically for our colleagues from outside of Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania

3 months 2 weeks Casey Hoy Request group membership

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