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Contact The Local Food Team

Cheryl Graffagnino
Local Food Systems Strategies Coordinator
Columbus Public Health
614-645-0867
CLGraffagnino@columbus.gov
 
Jalisa Dawkins
Local Food Systems Strategies Manager
Columbus Public Health
614-645-8070
JMDawkins@columbus.gov
 
Brian Estabrook
Food Systems Planner
Franklin County Economic Development & Planning Department
614-525-7303
baestabr@franklincountyohio.gov

Local Food Action Plan Project Team Updates

A Project Team is a group of food system stakeholders working together to implement actions in the Columbus & Franklin County Local Food Action Plan (LFAP). Project Teams are formed by the Local Food Board and are overseen by a Board member. The day to day work of a Project Teams is supported and facilitated by Local Food Team staff. Please see below for information on current Project Teams.

In August of 2017, the Local Food Board formed Project Teams to support the implementation of two actions from the LFAP.
  • Actions B-3 establishes a farmers’ market management collaborative
  • Action C-9 connects new or growing small-scale neighborhood food businesses to flexible financial and technical assistance options

Action B-3 - Establish a Formal Farmers’ Market Management Collaborative Serving the City of Columbus and Franklin County

This action aims to get healthy and affordable food closer to where Columbus and Franklin County residents live, work, and play, and is a way for those who grow to have a profitable market to sell food.

Action Summary
Implementation Plan Summary
Recruitment Flyer

 Meetings  
 Meeting Outcomes Materials

 March 26

  • Discussed the benefit of a Farmers’ Market Management Collaborative
  • Reviewed best practices for Collaboratives
  • Drafted a model of a Collaborative 
  • Discussed grant for funding the work of the Collaborative
Meeting 1 Materials

 April 10

  • Reviewed and revised the draft proposal
  • Discussed stakeholder engagement
Meeting 2 Materials 

 May 29

  • Provided an update about submitted FMPP grant proposal
  • Identified deliverables aside from grant funding
  • Discussed stakeholder engagement for skinny deliverables

Meeting 3 Materials

For additional information or to join the project team, please contact Jalisa Dawkins at jmdawkins@columbus.gov. 

Action C-9 - Connect new or growing small-scale neighborhood food businesses to flexible financial and technical assistance options

This action aims to support and encourage the growth of food-related Columbus and Franklin County small businesses. The Project Team is developing two resources for these businesses:

  • Financing Toolkit - Information on relevant financing options and best practices
  • Technical Resources Guide - Expertise on starting, maintaining, and expanding a food-related business

Action Summary
Implementation Plan Summary
Recruitment Flyer

 Meetings  
 Meeting OutcomesMaterials 

 March 15

  • Introduced Project Team implementation plan and partners
  • Reviewed and finalized list of Priority Stakeholders
  • Reviewed and developed suggested edits for list of Stakeholder Questions and Business Owner Questions
  • Reviewed and finalized Research Template
  • Discussed project timeline
C-9 Meeting 1 Materials
 June 11
  • Reviewed Current Conditions document
  • Discussed next steps
C-9 Meeting 2 Materials

 August 21

  • Finalized Current Conditions Report
  • Reviewed Draft Model for deliverables
  • Discussed next steps
C-9 Meeting 3 Materials 

For additional information or to join the Project Team, please contact Brian Estabrook at baestabr@franklincountyohio.gov 


To learn other ways to get involved, visit https://www.columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/Local-Food-Plan/Get-Involved/