- Access to fresher, more wholesome foods
- Greater variety of foods
- Support of local farmers and businesses
- Support of the Columbus and Central Ohio economy
Healthy Food Systems
Click here for the complete guide, Healthy Food Systems: Learning about Food, Ohio's Educational Resource, to learn about food-related programs offered by OSU Extension across the state.
The USDA Local Food System Toolkit provides detailed guidance in seven modules to measure and assess the expected economic impacts of local food investments. Using real-world projects, experiences, and applied research, it provides grounded, credible, and useable assessment methods. The Local Food System Toolkit can be used by policy makers, community leaders, private businesses or foundations to offer specific estimates that will help them decide whether to invest in initiatives that increase local food activity.
- Finding local farms, buyers, or restaurants that purchase/serve local foods, visit Ohio MartketMaker
- Finding farms in and around Ohio that sell directly to the public through local farmers' markets, CSA's, and on-farm sales, visit OEFFA's Good Earth Guide
- Ohio Proud is a resource for indentifying local farms and food producers
Local and regional food systems, including farmers markets, are one of USDA's four key pillars to revitalize rural economies and improve access to fresh, healthy food for millions of Americans. Four USDA Local Food Directories are now available online to give potential customers, business partners and community planners easy, one-stop access to the most current information about sources of local foods. The four directories are: National Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Enterprise Directory, National Food Hub Directory, National On-Farm Market Directory, and National Farmers Market Directory.