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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NEO Packaged Foods And Snacks 3 years 8 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
Non-GMO Feed Grains Network

This is the private work space for project members who are associated with one or more of the following groups. 

5 years 10 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
NEO_Breads

Develop a mission statement

3 years 9 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
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
Mellinger Farm Land Management and Operations

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

4 years 6 months Casey Hoy Request group membership
Group Name Description Last Updated Creator Subscriptionsort descending
NEO Packaged Foods And Snacks 3 years 8 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
Non-GMO Feed Grains Network

This is the private work space for project members who are associated with one or more of the following groups. 

5 years 10 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
NEO_Breads

Develop a mission statement

3 years 9 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 6 months Casey Hoy Request group membership
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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

6 months 18 hours webadmin Request group membership
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Consumer-driven production practices, consumer education opportunities, educational needs for the producer

Three main areas of emphasis were chosen by this group:

6 years 6 months Leah Miller Request group membership
Pittsburgh Community Garden Coordinators 6 years 6 months jnewman11 Request group membership
Farm Impossible

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

 

5 years 11 months 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,

6 years 6 months janlitt 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
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:

6 years 6 months Leah Miller Request group membership
Pittsburgh Community Garden Coordinators 6 years 6 months jnewman11 Request group membership
Farm Impossible

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

 

5 years 11 months 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,

6 years 6 months janlitt 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
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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
The algae samples that are
by Mark Mittiga on Wed, 2016-11-30 13:13

The algae samples that are being tested and found in Lake Erie have been proven to be a "toxic chemical" resulting in several warning signs alerting people not to drink the water. 

Lake Erie Algae Bloom
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?
waterloo iowa
by Brian Gwin on Thu, 2016-09-08 13:51

waterloo iowa

What age would you retire?