Guidelines to improve the quality and nutrition of the foods purchased, donated and served by local government, agencies and organizations.
The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service offers Land Link-Up, an online list where those seeking land to farm and farmland owners can post descriptions of farmland sought and of farmland for rent/sale along with contact information.
As the age of farm operators increases, transferring the ownership and management of the family business to the next generation will become one of the most important issues farm families will face. While many farmers dream of seeing their legacy passed on to the next generation, many postpone initiating a plan for the transition of their business for a variety of reasons. Many claim that there is not enough time to discuss these matters. Or if planning does occur, it simply involves the senior generation drafting a will describing how the farm assets should be divided among heirs.
The Countryside Conservancy FarmLink Program works to keep Northeast Ohio’s farmland in farming by helping connect those who need access to farmland with landowners who want to keep their property in agricultural use. The FarmLink Program supports farms of every size, providing farmers and landowners with information and consulting services on the business of farming and farm transition options and resources.
The Farm Beginnings program of the Land Stewardship Project (LSP) provides the Seeking Farmers-Seeking Land Clearinghouse. Those seeking farmland or farmers complete an online application. The information is then posted online for 90 days and circulated by LSP through its publications and partner networks.
This survey instrument was prepared by American Viewpoint, an independent market research firm, for American Farmland Trust and The Trust for Public Lands to gauge public opinion in Wayne County, Ohio about a funding initiative for farmland protection.
On November 6, 2001, nearly 1.3 million voters in 14 states approved state and local ballot measures that generated $905 million in funding for new land protection. But in Ohio, open space measures were defeated in four counties, including a purchase of development rights (PDR) program in Wayne County, where a well-designed and locally supported campaign
seemed destined to succeed. What happened, and what lessons can be learned to improve the chances of future campaigns?
This is one of two webinars as part of a series hosted by American Farmland Trust -- Planning for Agriculture and Food:Taking a Systems Approach.
State and Regional Planning, November 15
Presenters include Alison Hastings, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC); Brian Williams, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC); and Erica Campbell, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VJSF).
The local food revolution has come to Cleveland—big time. The city now has so many community gardens, farmers markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA) subscriptions, urban farms, celebrity chefs, and local- food procurement programs that the environmental web site, SustainLane, recently ranked Cleveland as the second best local-food city in the United States. But the region has only just begun to tap the myriad benefits of local food.
Cleveland, Ohio, ordinance establishing local producer, food purchase and sustainable business preference.
Cleveland, Ohio ordinance establishing local producer, food purchase and sustainable business preference.
Clusters of community-based food businesses are forming across Ohio. Complementing each other as they grow, they create mutually supportive economic opportunities, build financial resilience, and strengthen the state’s social fabric.
These clusters create jobs but accomplish even more — they build new business ownership opportunities. Emerging business owners who invest in keeping the state strong, and who form supportive business and social networks, will help the state economy cohere, while flexibly adapting for an uncertain future.
Just as certain principles and practices guide borrower-lender, employer-employee, husband-wife, and parent-offspring relations, some important principles can guide landlord-tenant relations.
This checklist created by Ohio State University Cooperative Extension is designed to assist tenants and landlords to consider components of a well designed lease agreement.
This ordinance allows and regulates farming in Manufacturing-Agricultural Districts and community gardens.
This ordinance permits and regulates the keeping of farm animals, such as goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, ducks, rabbitsand bees.
“Ohio’s Agricultural Easement Purchase Program: From Pilot to Permanent Presence” is a survey commissioned by the Ohio Departmen of Agriculture (ODA).
This study was commissioned by the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) to gauge satisfaction and explore improvements with the Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (AEPP), as well understand the impact of funds dispersed. The survey was conducted in the summer and fall of 2009 by the Ohio State University’s Center for Farmland Policy Innovation.
This report is created to assess all components of a regional food system in the 12 central Ohio counties, to make policy recommendations to local governments, and to serve as a resource to businesses and organizations on food decisions.
Model easement used by the Ohio purchase of agricultural conservation easement program.
The 2009 Annual Report of the Ohio Food Policy Advisory Council.
Ordinance permitting farmers' markets in Salem, Ohio.
A model 60 year agricultural agreement used by Cuyahoga Valley National Park's Countryside Initiative Program.
This Executive Order created the Ohio Food Policy Advisory Council on August 7, 2007.
The purpose of this study is to examine the structure and operation of farmers’ markets in the United States, giving special attention to the legal and regulatory issues that may shape their operation. By looking at the rules and regulations markets use and by considering issues markets experience, it is possible to identify the most important challenges vendors and managers of markets may face. It is also possible to make some common sense suggestions on how markets can best address and resolve issues while maintaining their friendly and relatively informal nature.
At the request of Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District (LSWCD), American Farmland Trust (AFT) conducted a Cost of Community Services (COCS) study to find out the current net fiscal impact of existing land uses in Madison Village and Township in Lake County Ohio. The study analyzes revenues and expenditures on a land use basis for fiscal year 2006 (year ending December 31).
Model agricultural conservation easement used by Ohio's Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement program.
Model conservation easement used by Ohio's Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement program.
The Agricultural Security Areas program was signed into law on February 15, 2005, and became effective on May 18, 2005. It authorizes one or more landowners of at least 500 acres of contiguous farmland to request from the boards of township trustees and county commissioners to enroll into an Agricultural Security Area for a 10-year period.
Since 1999, Ohio has made headway in its farmland protection efforts with its popular Clean Ohio Fund, which set aside $25 million for the purchase of agricultural easements. More and more local governments are joining in with money, planning, zoning and Agricultural Security Areas to promote agriculture.
An excerpt from a comprehensive plan adopted by Henry County, Ohio.
Lake County, Ohio's sandy soils, lake-effect weather and abundant water supply make it a unique agricultural area. Nursery plants, trees and grapes are its primary agricultural crops. Although the state's smallest county, Lake County's production of specialty crops ranks it third in the state for farm cash receipts. Its soils are some of the best in the world. In addition to being a prominent agricultural county with valuable farmland, it has other unique and valuable natural resources.
This right-to-farm law provides enhanced protections from nuicance for farmers in agricultural districts.