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 Creatorsort ascending Subscription
Small Business Management

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

6 months 18 hours webadmin Request group membership
Corn Crop Destruction

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

1 year 9 months Mark Mittiga 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

4 years 2 months David Spisak Request group membership
Baer Farms Dairy Products

Provide Local Dairy products for 

sustainable

natural

 

4 years 9 months cbaer Request group membership
Ohio Oilseed Research and Demonstration

In this 2013 project, we are evaluating the production, ecosystem services, and value chains that could result from four oilseed crops: flax, canol

5 years 2 weeks Casey Hoy Request group membership
Public - accessible to all site users
Group Name Description Last Updated Creatorsort ascending Subscription
Small Business Management

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

6 months 18 hours webadmin Request group membership
Corn Crop Destruction

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

1 year 9 months Mark Mittiga Request group membership
Group Name Description Last Updated Creatorsort ascending Subscription
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

4 years 2 months David Spisak Request group membership
Baer Farms Dairy Products

Provide Local Dairy products for 

sustainable

natural

 

4 years 9 months cbaer Request group membership
Ohio Oilseed Research and Demonstration

In this 2013 project, we are evaluating the production, ecosystem services, and value chains that could result from four oilseed crops: flax, canol

5 years 2 weeks Casey Hoy Request group membership
Networking Groups DashboardCreate A Networking Group

Networking Groups Dashboard

Group Name Description Last Updated Creatorsort ascending Subscription
MASCRI Health Benefits

Welcome to a network of fruit and vegetable industry members in the Mid-Atlantic Specialty Crop Research Initiative, funded by the USDA Specialty C

6 years 6 months webadmin 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.

6 years 6 months webadmin Request group membership
MASCRI Innovation

Welcome to a network of fruit and vegetable industry members in the Mid-Atlantic Specialty Crop Research Initiative, funded by the USDA Specialty C

6 years 6 months webadmin Request group membership
Permaculture-based, and small farm production biofuels

 

9 years 9 months webadmin Request group membership
MASCRI Markets

Welcome to a network of fruit and vegetable industry members in the Mid-Atlantic Specialty Crop Research Initiative, funded by the USDA Specialty C

6 years 6 months webadmin Request group membership
Public - accessible to all site users
Group Name Description Last Updated Creatorsort ascending Subscription
MASCRI Health Benefits

Welcome to a network of fruit and vegetable industry members in the Mid-Atlantic Specialty Crop Research Initiative, funded by the USDA Specialty C

6 years 6 months webadmin 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.

6 years 6 months webadmin Request group membership
MASCRI Innovation

Welcome to a network of fruit and vegetable industry members in the Mid-Atlantic Specialty Crop Research Initiative, funded by the USDA Specialty C

6 years 6 months webadmin Request group membership
Permaculture-based, and small farm production biofuels

 

9 years 9 months webadmin Request group membership
MASCRI Markets

Welcome to a network of fruit and vegetable industry members in the Mid-Atlantic Specialty Crop Research Initiative, funded by the USDA Specialty C

6 years 6 months webadmin Request group membership
Forums DashboardCreate A Forum Topic

Forums Dashboard

Topic Replies Last post Forumsort ascending
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 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 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 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
This year was a good year for
by Mark Mittiga on Wed, 2016-11-30 13:18

This year was a good year for the lake algae wise. The cooler weather has been a good thing in terms of sparking the algae growth. When the weather stays on the cooler side, there is not as much visable algae in the lake.

Lake Erie Algae Bloom
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
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