Eat Local Longer: A Winter Farmers Market at Findlay!

December 3, 2013 at 10:41 AM | Posted in Food, fruits, vegetables | 2 Comments
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Findlay Market

 

Eat Local Longer: A Winter Farmers Market at Findlay!

 
We’ve been working for several years to bring a winter farmers market to Findlay Market and this year you’ll finally have an opportunity to “eat local longer!”

Join us for the kick-off of our winter farmers market on Saturday, December 7 from 8am to 2pm. We will host the market every Saturday in the somewhat warm and friendly confines of the former Globe Furniture building on the corner of Elm and Elder across from the OTR Biergarten. Lots of the same vendors from our regular farmers market will be there, along with some new faces. Check back soon for a full listing of the participating famrers and food artisans you’ll find in our winter market.
The mission of our farmers market is to promote local, sustainable agriculture; increase economic opportunities for small family farms and innovative food businesses; provide equitable access to wholesome food; and build a vibrant gathering place for residents and visitors.
Products change at all farmers markets as availability waxes and wanes. What may be there one week may not be available the next. So shop often, snap up the goodies you see and you’ll be eating well all winter long.

 

 

http://www.findlaymarket.org/blog/index.php?newsId=422

Hamilton to amend rules for neighborhood farming

May 30, 2013 at 8:58 AM | Posted in vegetables | Leave a comment
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Hamilton to amend rules for neighborhood farming

By Eric Schwartzberg

 
HAMILTON — A measure that promotes and encourages urban agriculture by allowing anyone to use city or private property to grow produce is expected to become a reality starting this summer.

New urban agriculture amendments will establish rules for local neighborhood farming and allow any Hamilton resident to take an underdeveloped or undeveloped city lot or private property and use it to grow vegetables, herbs, flowers, nut trees or fruit trees.

The harvested bounty could then be used for their own consumption, to sell to others or donate to area food pantries, according to Alfred Hall, co-founder of Hamilton Urban Garden Systems, or HUGS.

Hall said the change is an important step to not only beautifying Hamilton, but helping it become “the greenest little city in America.”

“They’ve made a very important first step in a process that will eventually grow into a local regional food system, which will allow us to feed ourselves, develop community and create economic opportunity,” Hall said.

For example, someone who has multiple lots in the city and wants to erect 10-by-20-foot greenhouses on each one to grow flowers to sell will be able to do so, he said.

The legislation got its start earlier this year when city officials approached HUGS and asked for help with the ordinance, Hall said.

Recently approved by the city’s planning commission, the measure is scheduled to go to Hamilton City Council for approval next month.

Passing the ordinance is important because it relaxes restrictions on what can be done on a privately-owned lot and eliminates the need to go to the city for approval to establish a garden, Hall said.

“Every time someone wanted to do that, they would have to go and get approval,” he said. “Now, that will be taken care of. The approval is a pre-approval. You don’t have to go.

“Instead of 17 people going 17 different times, 17 people can now just go and garden.”

The amendments would allow temporary farmers market stands to be established on each plot between May 1 through Sept. 30 and limit hours of operation to sunrise through sunset, according to a planning commission report approved May 20.

Other basic restrictions include staying 10 feet back from the front of the property and five feet from the side and back of the property. Outbuildings, such as a greenhouse to extend a property’s growing season, may not exceed 200 square feet and cannot be more than 15 feet high.

Raised beds, planter boxes or containers located in a primary or secondary front yard setback may not be taller than 30 inches at the tallest point above the surrounding grade and may not cover more than 20 percent of the total front yard area.

In addition, no single box may be larger than 8-foot long by 4-foot wide. All planter boxes and containers must be set back a minimum of 10 feet from any property line and five feet from side and rear property lines.

Encouraging urban agriculture fits with other “green” strategic initiatives that Hamilton has set in place, including establishing a farmers market on the plaza and reducing the city’s carbon footprint, according to Chris Lawson, assistant to the city manager.

“It comes down to producing local for individuals to grow their own food where they live to reduce that kind of footprint,” Lawson said. “Instead of driving to groceries where you don’t know exactly where the food comes from, you’re getting to grow it locally. It utilizes empty spaces more effectively and promotes a healthier lifestyle.”

Similarly, city officials recognize “the potential of urban farming to bring people together and increase neighborhood collaboration,” Lawson said.

Hall’s recommendation for anyone who wishes to use an undeveloped or underdeveloped private or city lot is to contact the city or property owner and develop a memorandum of understanding on how that lot will be developed and maintained.

 
http://www.journal-news.com/news/news/hamilton-to-amend-rules-for-neighborhood-farming/nX6Nd/

Green B.E.A.N. Ohio

June 11, 2012 at 8:14 AM | Posted in Food, fruits, vegetables | Leave a comment
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Ran across an article about Green B.E.A.N. Ohio. It’s a home delivery of fruits and vegetables and a really neat concept. I left some info about the company along with the web link. Check it out!

Green B.E.A.N. is a dynamic food company that takes a multifaceted approach to building local food systems. B.E.A.N. is an acronym that represents our core initiatives; Biodynamic, Education, Agriculture, and Nutrition. Our goal is to make healthy and sustainably grown local food affordable, accessible, and convenient to the Midwest communities we serve. We serve our mission by building food systems and businesses that address our communities’ greatest food challenges. We work with a network of local farmers and artisans that have both urban and rural roots.

Here is the family of Green B.E.A.N. companies:

• Green B.E.A.N. Delivery – An online service that provides fresh produce and groceries to Midwest communities. through its network of local farmers and artisans. We provide a year round service that gives our members a healthy alternative to conventional grocery stores. We currently serve both the communities of Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton and Indianapolis.

• Tiny Footprint Distribution – Providing distribution of locally made food products to retail stores. Tiny Footprint is a low carbon footprint company that provides a platform for growth to local farmers and food artisans. We tackle the issue of local food distribution and work hard to get healthy local products onto grocery store shelves.

• Cool School Lunch – Our latest project takes a creative approach to dealing with the issue of childhood obesity and unhealthy lunch programs. Cool School Lunch was formed in 2010 and has just hired on staff nutritionist Elizabeth Blessing. During the 2010-11 School year we will provide educational institutions an online ordering platform for wholesale fruit and vegetable purchases. For 2011-12 we are developing a website for ordering and delivering school lunches.

• Farm to Kitchen Foods – Farm to Kitchen Foods develops “food that makes you feel good!” Executive Chef Brandon Hamilton creates healthy food with a focus on local and organic ingredients. Farm to Kitchen Foods was started because Green B.E.A.N Delivery couldn’t find certain local products we thought should be available to our community. Two years later Farm to Kitchen Foods has several retail outlets and a full product line.

• The Feel Good Farm – Don’t forget that food comes from a farm! Our certified organic farming operation grows a variety of crops that are utilized in our Green B.E.A.N. Delivery Bins. In the summer of 2010 we cultivated 8 acres. In 2011 we plan on “growing” and planting more crops for our members’ enjoyment.

We are passionate about LOCAL and SUSTAINABLE FOOD!

Green B.E.A.N. Delivery is proud to supply organic and all-natural foods to the communities of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Dayton and Columbus. Each of our members is assigned a delivery day based upon their delivery location. Once you have signed up for our service, you will be contacted via e-mail to confirm your delivery day. Orders are delivered from Tuesday through Friday, from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. during warmer months and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. during colder months. Due to circumstances outside of our control, such as traffic and weather, occasionally orders may be delivered slightly outside of this timeframe. Your delivery time may vary week to week as we strive to travel the most efficient route.

If we do not yet deliver to your neighborhood, we encourage you to sign up anyway. Let your friends and neighbors know about our service. Your area may be the next expansion for Green B.E.A.N. Delivery.

Delivery to Your Workplace

If you do not live in our delivery area, you may be able to arrange delivery to your workplace. For business deliveries with 5 or more orders, a 5% discount will be applied to those orders. Please contact Customer Service for more information on setting up your account for business delivery.

Warehouse Order Pickup

You may also plan to pick up your order at our warehouse Tuesday through Friday. Contact us for more information including your pick-up location.

http://www.greenbeandelivery.com/cincinnati/

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