Information to get users started in the Networking section

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 (CBN) 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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Common Interest Groups (CIG) allow you to discuss topics of interest with other Local Food Systems users. Less focused than Collaborative Business Networks, CIGs 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 CIGs include posts, events, and folders. These tools allow site users to disseminate information and share important files to other users that share their interests. CIGs 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 Common Interest 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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Collaborative Business NetworksCreate A Collaborative Business Network

CBN Dashboard

Group Name Description Last Updated Creator Subscriptionsort descending
Director of Market Development

Founded in 1972, BFG Supply has a long history of serving the Green Industry including professional growers, lawn & garden centers, landscapers

2 years 1 week jfarinacci@bfgs... 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

10 years 1 day David Spisak Request group membership
Food as Economic Development

Build economies using food and ag.

7 years 8 months admintest 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.

6 years 3 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
OARDC Natural Rubber Ecosystem   9 years 5 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
Public - accessible to all site users
Group Name Description Last Updated Creator Subscriptionsort descending
Director of Market Development

Founded in 1972, BFG Supply has a long history of serving the Green Industry including professional growers, lawn & garden centers, landscapers

2 years 1 week jfarinacci@bfgs... Request group membership
Food as Economic Development

Build economies using food and ag.

7 years 8 months admintest Request group membership
 
Group Name Description Last Updated Creator Subscriptionsort descending
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

10 years 1 day David Spisak 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.

6 years 3 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
OARDC Natural Rubber Ecosystem   9 years 5 months Brian Gwin Request group membership
Common Interest GroupsCreate A Common Interest Group

CIG Dashboard

Group Name Description Last Updated Creator Subscriptionsort descending
Networking and Collaborating Tools Development

This is an effort to move discussions started here http://socialsynergyweb.org

5 years 2 months webadmin Subscribe to group
Farm to School PA   5 years 2 months Cassandra Morgan Subscribe to group
Akron Grows Community Gardening   5 years 2 months ellsworth.2@osu.edu Subscribe to group
Local Food Systems Computer Modeling, GIS, Data(mining) group

This is a meta group to explore, discuss, post blog posts, ideas, and resources about technology applications, best practices, and resources for Co

5 years 2 months webadmin Subscribe to group
Sustainable Local Economic Development

The purpose of this group is to document viable alternatives by which any cluster of 1,000 people can sustain themselves through locally sourced fo

5 years 2 months Steve Bosserman Subscribe to group
Public - accessible to all site users
Group Name Description Last Updated Creator Subscriptionsort descending
Urban Landscape and Ecology Program (ULEP) Collaboration Forum

The 2nd Conference on Ecological Landscaping: Enhancing Self-Reliance and Resilience of

5 years 2 months parwindergrewal Subscribe to group
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 2 months AppStaple Subscribe to group
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

5 years 2 months webadmin Subscribe to group
Advance Lorain County Agriculture

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

5 years 2 months Brad Masi Subscribe to group
LFS Philadelphia Working Group

This group will serve as communication medium for people involved with Local Food in Philadelphia.

5 years 2 months sam@earle.com Subscribe to group

Forums Dashboard

Topic Replies 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
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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