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 (CBNs) 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

Networking Groups allow you to discuss topics of interest with other Local Food Systems users. Less focused than CBNs, Networking Groups 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 Networking Groups include posts, events, and folders. These tools allow site users to disseminate information and share important files to other users that share their interests. Networking Groups 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 Networking 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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CBN Dashboard

Group Name Description Last Updated Creator Subscription
Small Business Management

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

4 months 3 weeks webadmin Request group membership
Ohio Livestock Product Processors

This portfolio contains an extensive list of licensed meat and dairy processors in Ohio, specifically those from the Northeast region.

4 months 4 weeks Brian Gwin Request group membership
Corn Crop Destruction

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

1 year 8 months Mark Mittiga Request group membership
Food as Economic Development

Build economies using food and ag.

1 year 10 months admintest Request group membership
NEO Candies 3 years 7 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
Group Name Description Last Updated Creator Subscription
Aquaculture Network

Currently contains information on businesses from a list of fish propagators provided by ODNR.

Should fish processors be included?

3 years 7 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
Baer Farms Dairy Products

Provide Local Dairy products for 

sustainable

natural

 

4 years 7 months cbaer Request group membership
Food Processing Technologies Center

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

3 years 7 months Brian Gwin 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. 

4 years 5 months Casey Hoy Request group membership
Midwest Food Innovation Network

To enhance collaboration among Commercial Kitchens, Kitchen Incubators and Food Hubs in Northeast Ohio.

4 years 4 months Brian Gwin Test Request group membership
Networking Groups DashboardCreate A Networking Group

Networking Groups Dashboard

Group Name Description Last Updated Creator Subscription
OSASN, Ohio Sustainable Agriculture Students Network

Ohio colleges and universities are currently collaborating on a statewide network of sustainable agriculture education programs.

2 years 6 months Casey Hoy Request group membership
NEO Packaged Foods and Snacks Networking

     

4 years 1 month Brian Gwin Request group membership
Dismantling Structural Racism in the Food System 4 years 1 month Casey Hoy Request group membership
Scalable Perennial Polyculture

This project is an attempt to provide an alternative to annual monoculture farming.

4 years 9 months patrick.oconell Request group membership
Expanding meat processing capabilities to meet the needs of consumers, processors, and diverse cultural preferences

The meat processing group chose several ways to build infrastructure for local meat processing and value added enterprises:

4 years 10 months Francis Fluharty Request group membership
Public - accessible to all site users
Group Name Description Last Updated Creator Subscription
Advance Cuyahoga County Agriculture

Working group to develop business cases within the Agriculture and Biosciences Cluster for Cuyahoga County

6 years 5 months Morgan Taggart Request group membership
Advance Lorain County Agriculture

Working group to develop business cases within the Agriculture and Biosciences Cluster for

5 years 3 months Brad Masi Request group membership
Advance Mahoning County Agriculture

Working group to develop business cases within the Agriculture and Biosciences Cluster for Mahoning County

6 years 5 months Elsa Higby Request group membership
Advance NorthEast Ohio Partners

This group is focused on building the Northeast Ohio local and regional economy based on local and regional food systems, renewable energy, distrib

6 years 5 months Casey Hoy Request group membership
Advance Stark County Agriculture

Working group to develop business cases within the Agriculture and Biosciences Cluster for Stark County

6 years 5 months Michelle Spain Request group membership
Forums DashboardCreate A Forum Topic

Forums Dashboard

Topic Repliessort descending Last post Forum
Normal topic What age would you retire?
by Brian Gwin on Thu, 2016-09-08 13:50
2 by Brian Gwin
Thu, 2016-09-08 13:52
General discussion
Normal topic Lake Erie Algae Bloom
by Mark Mittiga on Wed, 2016-11-30 13:09
3 by Mark Mittiga
Wed, 2016-11-30 13:20
General discussion
Normal topic Corn - Leading Grain Crop
by Mark Mittiga on Wed, 2016-11-30 13:32
4 by webadmin
Fri, 2016-12-02 15:38
General discussion
Post Post Message Posted In
Yes this is a major problem.
by webadmin on Fri, 2016-12-02 15:38

Yes this is a major problem.  I wonder what they will come up with to fight it?  Wind fences maybe?

Corn - Leading Grain Crop
The breeding of the corn
by Mark Mittiga on Wed, 2016-11-30 13:43

The breeding of the corn stalks are also posing to be a problem. When the seeds are planted and then being treated with chemicals it is making them grow too quick and as a result causing the stalks to break when growing too quick. 

Corn - Leading Grain Crop
The engineers are finding
by Mark Mittiga on Wed, 2016-11-30 13:40

The engineers are finding that the corn stalks are simply beign destroyed way too often due to wind. They are currently looking into the issue of wind damaging teh stalks. 

Corn - Leading Grain Crop
Wind-induced corn stalk
by Mark Mittiga on Wed, 2016-11-30 13:34

Wind-induced corn stalk failure has recently hindered the process of moving forward in regard to corn production. Engineers are taking on this problem to see where the issues lay.

Corn - Leading Grain Crop
Not only are the weather
by Mark Mittiga on Wed, 2016-11-30 13:20

Not only are the weather patterns affecting the algae growth in the lake, but the new laws and regulations are also cutting down on the amount of growth that is appearing in the lake. Farmers are being required to use chemicals that are not harmful to the water. 

Lake Erie Algae Bloom