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Local Matters Announces Michelle Moskowitz Brown as New Director

Walker Evans Walker Evans Local Matters Announces Michelle Moskowitz Brown as New Director

Local food nonprofit Local Matters announced today the appointment of Michelle Moskowitz Brown to the position of Executive Director, replacing long-time director Michael Jones. Jones will move to the position of Board Chair at Local Matters as a part of a strategic realignment at the organization. The new plan calls for the organization to expand […]

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Fifth Annual Local Foods Week Kicks Off Today

Ayana Wilson Ayana Wilson Fifth Annual Local Foods Week Kicks Off Today

Local Matters is an organization dedicated to the sustainability of the land and community that feeds Central Ohio. This year marks the fifth anniversary of Local Foods Week, a nine-day celebration of Ohio farmers, producers, and artisans. This year’s installation of the event will take place from August 10th-18th, and includes a veritable feast of […]

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Near East Side Cooperative Market Celebrates With Grand Opening

Anne Evans Anne Evans Near East Side Cooperative Market Celebrates With Grand Opening

The Near East Side has gotten a new fresh produce space and it is celebrating its grand opening on Saturday, as part of Local Foods Week. Local Matters opened the Near East Side Cooperative Market on May 17, 2013, sharing the 1,500 square-foot space that houses Oak Street Meat and Seafood. The community has received […]

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Franklin County Working on New Regulations for Backyard Chickens, Ducks and Rabbits

Brent Warren Brent Warren Franklin County Working on New Regulations for Backyard Chickens, Ducks and Rabbits

For those urban farmers residing outside of city limits but within Franklin County (that means you, township residents), there are currently significant barriers to raising small farm animals like chickens, ducks or rabbits. Under current zoning, such small-scale farming is considered an agricultural use; it is prohibited on lots smaller than an acre and severely […]

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Local Foods Week is growing, scheduled for October 1-8

Anne Evans Anne Evans Local Foods Week is growing, scheduled for October 1-8

The third Local Foods Week is coming up in October. Local Matters put out a call for logos this year and received 20 entries. AnnMarie McCallister discovered the contest via Facebook. She wrote the slogan, came up with the general concept, and worked with Becky Kulka to finalize their submission. “The inspiration was the idea […]

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Local Matters and Circle 77 Launching Food Co-Op on Near East Side

Walker Evans Walker Evans Local Matters and Circle 77 Launching Food Co-Op on Near East Side

With the help of a $150,000 grant from The Community Health Funders’ Collaborative, Local Matters is working on the establishment of a community owned food cooperative on the Near East Side of Columbus. This area was selected for this project due to the lack of existing access to fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods. […]

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Karen Kasich Donates $95,000 to Local Matters

Walker Evans Walker Evans Karen Kasich Donates $95,000 to Local Matters

First Lady Karen Kasich made a significant contribution toward battling childhood obesity in Central Ohio today. A donation of $95,000 of Kasich’s leftover inaugural funds was made to local non-profit Local Matters to provide funding for their Food Matters Program, which teaches young children about nutrition, cooking and gardening. The program already works with over […]

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