Small Farm Resources:
Blogs of Small Farmers that sell direct:
Farmers’ Market Resources:
Garden Startup Resources:
Here are couple of good resources for starting Community Gardens. These are also useful if you are starting your own personal or market garden.
The Get Green Columbus Community Garden Manual Guide The guide is published by the City of Columbus and has information on getting access to land plots, borrowing tools and other resources to get started.
During February, The Franklin Park Conservatory has a free 2 hour class on starting a community garden. For more information call 645-8733 or visit their website.
Organization and Business Startup:
Economic and Community Development Institute of Columbus, Ohio offers training, counseling and access to capital for small business and personal development. They also offer a first time homebuyer program. ECDI http://www.ecdi.org
Ohio Cooperative Development Center offers guidance and seed grants for the creation and expansion of rural cooperatives. Ohio Cooperative Development Center http://ocdc.osu.edu
Meeting Room Space:
The Columbus Public Library system offers public meeting room space at no charge. There may be opportunity for mini-seminars about local food, local agriculture, urban agriculture and other educational presentations that can be scheduled particularly in those neighborhoods where more awareness about local foods is needed. The rules are that nothing is sold and that the meeting be open to the public. You can see the schedule for the various libraries after accepting the terms at this website.