Feb
23
5:30 PM17:30

Mark Winne to Discuss Local Food Policy at John Glenn College

Mark Winne, a community food activist, writer, and trainer, is visiting the John Glenn College at Ohio State to discuss building local food policy.

The event is free and open to all. It will feature a presentation by Mark Winne and a discussion facilitated by Dr. Jill Clark, a faculty member at the Glenn College and a founding member of the Franklin County Local Food Council.

The event will take place on Tuesday, February 23rd from 5:30-7:00pm at the John Glenn College. Please click here to learn more about the event and register.

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Jun
24
5:30 PM17:30

FCLFC Residential Food Waste Reduction Listening Session

Have you ever wondered why you should care where your food waste goes? Do you want to learn more about the cool projects happening in Franklin County? Did you know that Zero Waste projects create jobs in the community? Join the conversation at this free event!

FCLFC Listening Sessions are intended to be a forum for food democracy, allowing the Council to hear from both the community and subject matter experts on important topics while collaboratively developing policy recommendations to inform the Columbus and Franklin County Local Food Action Plan.

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Sep
16
5:30 PM17:30

Economic Development in the Food System: The Role of Kitchen Incubators

The Franklin County Local Food Council recognizes the importance of the work that many of our community members contribute to our local food systems. That is why we want to hear from you!  Please join us for our third listening session. The topic of this listening session will be Economic Development in the Food System: The Role of Kitchen Incubators 

A kitchen incubator is an economic development tool that allows start-up food businesses to gain access to commercial cooking and processing facilities while assuming minimal risk. Unlike many businesses that fail within the first five years, 87% of business incubator graduates remain in business. As a hub for food businesses, Franklin County can experience many economic and community development benefits by supporting the growth of kitchen incubators as a means to encourage local food start-ups and strengthen our local food system.

Kindly RSVP by clicking hereWe are especially interested in hearing from community members who are: producers, kitchen incubator operators, active or potential start-up food businesses, and those who finance the food system.

The goals of this listening session are: 

  1. Exploring ways to strengthen the kitchen incubator supply chain as a means of aggregating, processing, and distributing local food, as well as a means of supporting economic development through local food businesses.
  2. Deepening understanding of the needs of start-up food businesses relative to kitchen incubator facilities.
  3. Developing partnerships and innovative methods to make kitchen incubator facilities more accessible and affordable throughout Franklin County.
  4. Exploring opportunities for local ingredients to reach consumers through the kitchen incubator supply chain.
  5. Informing local government of opportunities to support kitchen incubators as an economic development strategy.

Where: ECDI - 1655 Old Leonard Ave, Columbus, OH 43219 
When: Tuesday, September 16th, 5:30 - 7:00 pm, followed by optional networking from 7:00 - 7:30 pm

Kindly RSVP by clicking here.

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Visualizing the Food Environment: Mapping Our Way to Food Access
Jun
26
5:30 PM17:30

Visualizing the Food Environment: Mapping Our Way to Food Access

The Franklin County Local Food Council recognizes the importance of the work that many of our community members contribute to our local food systems. That is why we want to hear from you!  Please join us for our second listening session hosted by the Access Working Group. The topic of this listening session will be Visualizing the Food Environment: Mapping Our Way to Food Access. 

The goals of these listening sessions are:

  1. Collaboration and idea sharing to strengthen the collective efforts of individual groups working on similar issues.
  2. Informing the council on areas of local food system change that are important to community members, so that we may synthesize that information and share it with key decision-makers.
  3. Providing the general public with an opportunity hear about some of the important activities occurring to improve the local food system around Franklin County, giving the public the opportunity to ask questions or provide commentary.

We are happy to have the following key community partners in attendance.  They will discuss their experience in working to increase the opportunity of healthy foods:

Where: Columbus Public Health, 240 Parsons Ave, Columbus, OH 43215, Auditorium
When: Thursday, June 26th, 5:30-7 pm
Parking: Free visitor parking is available on the upper deck of the parking garage. The main entrance to the facility is on this level and guests enter the building through the automatic sliding doors.

Kindly RSVP by clicking here.  This link will direct you to a google spreadsheet from which we hope to compile a list of local food mapping projects.

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