Local Food Champion: Tim McDermott


Tim McDermott received this award for his contributions to Goal A of the Local Food Action Plan: Enhancing coordination and communication among existing food resources and agencies.

Tim joined Ohio State University Extension in fall of 2015 after a twenty plus year career practicing veterinary medicine and surgery in Franklin County. He has been with OSU Extension Franklin County for the past year and a half assisting backyard growers, community gardeners, and urban farmers with his major focus being neighborhood-based outreach. He is currently working on several projects focally addressing the goals of the Columbus and Franklin County Local Food Action Plan. Tim is the educational lead for the Buckeye ISA project which assists family farmers grow food to provide for their personal and family food security and is also working to develop school gardening curriculum addressing workforce development by engaging students in STEM-based agricultural techniques at all Columbus City Elementary Schools, the Columbus City Schools Linden feeder pattern from elementary through high school as well as multiple other Franklin County school districts. He is a former urban farmer and a longtime Franklin County community gardener.