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Wednesday, October 23 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Institution-Supported Agriculture (Buckeye ISA): Addressing Neighborhood Food Security at the Family Level

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The Buckeye ISA project started with ambitious goals to address identified significant neighborhood challenges faced not only in Columbus, but also in many other communities. The project is supporting formation of a network of more than 100 low-income households, particularly in communities of color, that grow and sell food to Ohio State. The ultimate goal is to increase household food security and self-reliance for fresh food, while creating new economic opportunities through Ohio State's buying power. Ohio ranks among the worst states in the nation for food security, but Ohio State is making a major investment in a systems approach to tackling this challenge. The university set a goal of increasing locally and sustainably sourced food to 40 percent of the up to $39 million in annual food purchasing by 2025. This new focus on local sourcing creates economic pull to producers in surrounding communities, many of which are well above the national average household food insecurity rates. The network would be composed of many farmers or gardeners and one very large buyer, Ohio State, institution-supported agriculture, or the Buckeye ISA.

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Timothy McDermott

Extension Educator, Ohio State University Extension
I joined Ohio State University Extension four years ago after twenty years in private practice veterinary medicine and surgery. I currently am an Agriculture and Natural Resources educator in Franklin County, home of Columbus, Ohio, the nation's 14th largest city, where I do local... Read More →

Wednesday October 23, 2019 11:30am - 12:00pm EDT

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