Local Food Systems

Posted on 11/11/2009 at 12:00 AM by Christa Hartsook

A first-of-its-kind Ohio State University analysis is helping planners in Knox County strengthen the area's local food system.

The project report, "Planting the Seeds of Sustainable Economic Development: Knox County's Local Food System," is available to download at http://sri.osu.edu/pdf/Knox_County_Assessment_Summary-200908.pdf. The report provides a detailed assessment of Knox County's food and farming system, focusing on the impacts of increased production of food to be sold and consumed locally.

The report concluded that the local food system could be strengthened in three ways: helping farmers adopt to practices to extend the growing season to allow them to supply fresh product for a longer period of the year; developing proper storage facilities in the area to increase the period that seasonal products could be sold; and/or developing a stronger marketing program to sell Knox County-grown goods in nearby, larger markets of Newark, Mansfield and Columbus.