Local Food Champion: Nick Stanich


Nick Stanich received this award for his contributions to Goal B of the Local Food Action Plan: Improve access to and education about healthy food, affordable food, and local food.

Nick's leadership of Franklinton Farms has resulted in both improved access to and education about healthy, local and affordable food in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in Franklin County. Nick has expanded the footprint and scope of the Farm, increased the amount of produce grown and distributed, and overseen the development of a robust educational infrastructure for community members. This includes a neighborhood CSA designed especially to be affordable for low-income residents, and the Farm conducts regular surveys in the neighborhood to determine what items should be in the CSA as well as what kinds of educational programs should be offered. Both Nick and the Farm are deeply embedded in the neighborhood and see everyday residents as partners in their work.