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MORPC Releases Region's First Food Assessment and Plan at Franklin Park Conservatory Today
The Mid—Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) will release the region's first Regional Food Assessment and Plan today at the beautiful Scotts Miracle—Gro Company Community Garden Campus at Franklin Park Conservatory. The document, funded by the Columbus Foundation, is the culmination of nearly a year's worth of work by MORPC's Agriculture and Food Systems Working Group, which included and reached out to 12 counties to gather information and make recommendations.
The Assessment supports that a local-food system would:
- strengthen the local economy;
- ensure that fresh, safe, healthful, locally produced food is easily accessible to people of all income levels;
- reduce the miles needed to distribute and sell food; and preserve farmland by making agriculture more viable to area farmers.
The Plan offers a snapshot of the region's current local-food production, processing, distribution and availability. It also identifies 31 barriers to expanding a regional food system
Derrick Clay, Chair, MORPC
Robert Boggs, Director, Ohio Department of Agriculture
Jerry Tinianow, Director, Center for Energy and Environment, MORPC
Eric Phillips, President, Mid-Ohio Development Exchange and
Executive Director, Union County Economic Development Partnership
Release of the first Central Ohio Local Food Assessment and Plan
Today at 1:30 p.m.
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus at Franklin Park Conservatory