8001240059_7b2a79e47a_t_peppers_medium Community, Local & Regional Food Systems

This CoP will: (1) Provide Extension Educators and partners with information, educational materials, processes, discussion and collaboration around the rapidly growing local and community food systems movements nationwide; (2) Communicate with the public regarding how to establish, expand or maintain local and community food systems; and, (3) Share best practices, new curricula and related materials for community outreach and engagement on this issue.

(This group currently has 7 experts available to answer questions)

Questions asked to this group

Melon season

Can you get good varieties of melons at the farmers market in the end of September?

Multnomah County OR farmers markets Posted about 1 year ago

Garden planning for food preservation

Hi there,

I'm developing some programming on food preservation in our area and I'd like to facilitate a workshop on planning a home garden with food preservation in mind. Are any extension programs out there working on something similar to this? Are there any resources or research I can look into?

Wayne County NY Posted over 2 years ago

HOW TO PRODUCE SACHET TOMATOES PASTE

MY NAME IS KENNETH, I LIVED IN A SMALL COMMUNITY WHERE WE HAVE MUCH TOMATOES AND PRESERVATIVE METHOD IS LACKING. PLS, I WANT TO KNOW HOW TO PREPARED SACHET TOMATOES PASTE. THANKS FOR BEEN THEIR.

OUTSIDEUS home food preservation Posted almost 4 years ago

Local food coordinator or food systems coordinator staff positions

Which state Extension services support a team of staff positions with titles like "local food coordinator" or "local food specialist" or "regional food systems specialist"? We are interested in states that have multiple local food coordinators working in different regions of the state. We would like to know how Extension services (or other sponsors such as nonprofits) provide professional development and training for such positions.

IA Posted about 4 years ago

Software/mechanism for tracking community agriculture partners

Is there software or common technology solutions used by county extension offices, soil and water conservation districts, or other organizations that partner with many farmers to track the activities of those farmers? For example, software that would track basic information about the farm, along with any funds they have been awarded for projects, technical assistance they have requested, and other information that would help track the development of farms and agricultural initiatives over time?

Ideally this would be something that multiple employees at an organization could access and update.

Thanks!

farm management software farming Posted over 4 years ago

Sugar to alcohol

The sugar in corn is being used to make alcohol for fuel. Wouldn't it make more sense to use sugar beets or sorghum for this?

Auglaize County Ohio alternate energy Posted almost 5 years ago

Good Agricultural Practices and Local Officials

What Local Officials Need to Know about GAPs?

Sangamon County Illinois gap good agricultural practices gap civic engagement local officials Posted about 6 years ago

How can I get my produce into schools?

How can I get my apples into local school lunch rooms?

Owen County Kentucky front page farm 2 school community nutrition farm to school program Posted about 6 years ago

selling local foods to schools, hospitals, etc

How can I connect with schools, hospitals or businesses to sell locally grown foods in my area? Thanks!

Ohio community food systems local foods farm to school program local food systems community and regional food systems farm to hospital Posted about 6 years ago

farm to institution in Ohio

I work with a group of Ohio growers who are interested in connecting to local schools and/or hospitals to sell their produce through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) arrangement. Are their Ohio-based resources to help these growers with any farm-to-institution models or networks?

Ohio community supported agriculture local foods farm to school program local food systems community and regional food systems csa farm to institution Posted about 6 years ago