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).

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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).

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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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Group Name Description Last Updated Creator Subscription
NEO_Breads

Develop a mission statement

3 years 7 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.  

 

3 years 8 months Brian Gwin 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 3 weeks David Spisak Request group membership
NEO AgBio CARE Projects
4 years 3 weeks Brian Gwin 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
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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 8 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
OARDC Natural Rubber Ecosystem 3 years 6 months Brian Gwin 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.

3 months 4 weeks Brian Gwin 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

4 years 10 months Casey Hoy Request group membership
Small Scale Soil Conservation Equipment

Development of equipment and associated production practices focused on soil conservation for small producers.  

 

3 years 8 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
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Non-GMO Feed to Farmer

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

 

5 years 9 months Casey Hoy Request group membership
Farm Impossible

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

 

5 years 9 months Chester Bowling Request group membership
Farm to Institutional Food Service

Local procurement policies for small institutions, particularly educational institutions, are a current opportunity to establish local food systems

5 years 9 months Tom Redfern Request group membership
Farm to School Ohio

In addition to the overall mission of supporting Ohio farm to school efforts, a group formed at the 6th annual Stinner Summit will be using this gr

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FFA Agrientrepreneurship 5 years 9 months Anne Scott Request group membership
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Group Name Description Last Updated Creator Subscription
Cincinnati Local Foods Group

The Cincinnati Local Foods Group is a yahoo group which shares information about local fo

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Cincinnati Regional Food Congress - March 2009

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Circles of Support Pilot Project

Working in urban neighborhoods with low-income households, single parents with young children, etc.:

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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.

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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 4 months Leah Miller Request group membership
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