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 Namesort descending Description Last Updated Creator Subscription
Mellinger Farm Land Management and Operations

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

4 years 4 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 3 months Brian Gwin Test Request group membership
NEO AgBio CARE Projects
4 years 3 weeks Brian Gwin Request group membership
NEO Candies 3 years 6 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
NEO Juice, Beer, Wine, & Spirits 3 years 6 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
Group Namesort descending Description Last Updated Creator Subscription
Mellinger Farm Land Management and Operations

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

4 years 4 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 3 months Brian Gwin Test Request group membership
NEO AgBio CARE Projects
4 years 3 weeks Brian Gwin Request group membership
NEO Candies 3 years 6 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
NEO Juice, Beer, Wine, & Spirits 3 years 6 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
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Networking Groups Dashboard

Group Namesort descending Description Last Updated Creator Subscription
Advance Summit County Agriculture

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

6 years 4 months Darwin Kelsey Request group membership
Advance Wayne County Agriculture

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

6 years 4 months rcrider Request group membership
Ag Success Team of Wayne County 6 years 4 months Barb Chapin Request group membership
Akron Grows Community Gardening 6 years 4 months ellsworth.2@osu.edu Request group membership
Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative (ASFC)

To build seed-to-table regional scale bean, grain,  oil seed and perennial nut staple food systems in Appalachia the Midwest, and wherever communit

5 years 11 months M.Ajamian B.Jaeger Request group membership
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Group Namesort descending Description Last Updated Creator Subscription
Advance Summit County Agriculture

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

6 years 4 months Darwin Kelsey Request group membership
Advance Wayne County Agriculture

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

6 years 4 months rcrider Request group membership
Ag Success Team of Wayne County 6 years 4 months Barb Chapin Request group membership
Akron Grows Community Gardening 6 years 4 months ellsworth.2@osu.edu Request group membership
Appalachian Staple Foods Collaborative (ASFC)

To build seed-to-table regional scale bean, grain,  oil seed and perennial nut staple food systems in Appalachia the Midwest, and wherever communit

5 years 11 months M.Ajamian B.Jaeger Request group membership
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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
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
waterloo iowa
by Brian Gwin on Thu, 2016-09-08 13:51

waterloo iowa

What age would you retire?
NE IL
by Brian Gwin on Thu, 2016-09-08 13:52

NE IL

The long term outlook for Ag commodities is flat to negative from where we are currently.

What age would you retire?