There are many ongoing efforts to re-establish a healthy local food system. Supporting these
businesses is critical to their success. Many do not have the advertising dollars to compete with the mega-corporations. This puts the responsibility on all of us to locate these people ourselves. Below are some useful tools.

Local Harvest

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The best organic food is what's grown closest to you. Use this website to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.

Slow Food USA

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Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is part of a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members in over 150 countries, which links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. Chapters in your state can be located on this web site.

Local Matters


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A good dinner can satisfy more than just our appetite. A vibrant, local food system can provide Ohio's family farmers with a secure income, while protecting our environment and meeting the growing consumer demand for fresh, safe, healthy food.

The Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association (OEFFA) was formed in 1979 and is a membership-based, grassroots organization, dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable, ecological, and healthful food systems.

OEFFA's membership includes farmers, consumers, gardeners, chefs, teachers, researchers, retailers, and students. Together, we are working to recreate a regionally-scaled farming, processing, and distribution system that moves food from farm to local fork.

Our Ohio

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Ohio agriculture information from the Farm Bureau which includes a "Buying Local Map".

Ohio Proud

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Welcome to Ohio Proud! Created in 1993, Ohio Proud is the Ohio Department of Agriculture's marketing program that identifies and promotes food and agricultural products that are made in Ohio and grown in Ohio. Agriculture is Ohio's number one industry, contributing more than $107 billion to the state's economy.

Community Gardens

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Community gardens began to develop in the United States in the late 1930s and 40s. Families were asked by the federal government to plant their own community, or “victory”, gardens during and following World War II. Since the start of victory gardens, community gardens have developed into a fun, inexpensive, and healthy way for people to grow their own produce and flowers.Today, an estimated 18,000 community gardens operate in both rural and urban areas nationwide.

Food Not Lawns


Clarence Ridgley (above photo) is the most popular guy on his block, and it's all thanks to his lawn. In April, Ridgley transformed his neatly trimmed yard into a garden of tomatoes, blueberries, strawberries, lettuce, beets and herbs.

Here is a sample plan for edible landscaping:

Full article regarding Edible Landscaping by Travis Beck and Martin Quigley

Columbus Foodie


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MetroFarm: Food Chain Radio

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