FPC Forum on Ohio Food Distribution Study

Thank you to everyone who came to the FPC community forum on food distribution in Ohio yesterday!

Dr. Shoshonah Inwood, from The Ohio State University, Center for Farmland Policy Innovation, delivered an insightful presentation, at Dunham Tavern Museum on The Importance of Distributors & Retail Outlets in Local Food Systems. Dr. Inwood, with the help of an interactive and energetic audience, disseminated the key findings of the Ohio food distribution study which was funded by a 2009 Ohio Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant. Although the report has not yet been released, Dr. Inwood's presentation gave Coalition members an inside and in-depth look at its findings and recommendations. The report focuses on elements such as: supply chain economics, social relationships of participants along the supply chain, and opportunities for Ohio farmers and distributors in the retail fresh fruit and vegetable sector.  If you were unable to attend yesterday's forum, we've uploaded the presentation to our website. We will share the full report once it becomes available in the next few weeks.

The FPC would like to thank Dr. Shoshonah Inwood, and our wonderful in-county and out-of-county attendees for helping to create such a healthy dialogue!