As a community collaborator, Local Matters is transforming the food system through education and increased access to healthful, affordable and sustainable food, while inspiring individuals to consider the role of food in their lives.
Local Matters started in 2002 as The Greater Columbus Foodshed Project (TGCFSP), a collaborative project that emerged from a $200,000 grant from the USDA. Initial partners in this project were Ohio Citizen Action, Innovative Farmers of Ohio, Stratford Ecological Center, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA), Denison University, Franklin Park Conservatory and the Ohio State University.
The Greater Columbus Foodshed Project created over 20 community gardens with the Child Development Council of Franklin County Head Start and in other locations, and has hosted cooking classes focusing on locally-grown food for some of Columbus’ inner-city neighborhoods. In order to sustain the longevity of that work, the project moved in 2004 under the umbrella of Simply Living, a Columbus-area 501(c)3 nonprofit.
In 2007, TGCFSP merged with the Central Ohio Chef-Grower Network and together they changed their name to Local Matters (both for simplification and to expand the project’s focus). Local Matters applied for separate 501(c)3 status and became an independent nonprofit in April 2008.
Today, Local Matters has fourteen full-time staff members, several part-time team members and a community of over 500 volunteers helping us to achieve a stronger, more secure local food system.
Join us at noon on Mondays at:
The Boat House at Confluence Park
679 W. Spring Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
REMINDER and INCENTIVE - I am excited to say that three members have taken us up on the offer to pay for their District Assembly registration.
The next 7 non-board members to register for the upcoming District Assembly this Saturday, April 25 at Zane State, Zanesville, Ohio will have their registration fee covered as well. District Assembly is an excellent way for newer Rotarians to engage in club and district activities furthering their understanding of Rotary. Continental breakfast will be offered 8-8:45 AM. The Welcome and Business Meeting convenes at 9 AM. Lunch will also be available and the meeting will conclude at 1 PM. Club Presidents elect, officers, committee chairs should attend.
You can Register by contacting Scott Brown at 221-3127.
If these pictures wet your appetite to spend some time fly fishing, now is your chance to join the fun again. Rotarians, friends, family are all invited to join the Woods & Water Committee on Friday, April 24 at Briarwood Sporting Club in Bellefontaine, Ohio.
If you are a novice, do not hesitate. There is gear and instruction available, though we need to know if you need the gear and the help. Sign up with Dwight Hurd. There is no cost unless you keep the fish you catch.
We gather around noon for some lunch and then head to the streams. Bring your own lunch, snacks, drinks.
Spring is a time for change. We feel the change from cold to warm. We see the change from white to green.
And, here at Columbus Rotary we will be seeing some changes in our upcoming spring billing statement. Some of the changes represent increases to make up for the natural increase in club expenses and the lunches we get here at the Boathouse, but also some changes in the semantics of the bill.
The number 1 question a prospective member asks is "why should I join Rotary?" Can you answer that question in a way that will inspire that person to become the enthusiastic and engaged Rotarian that you are?
A couple years ago RI prepared a list of the the benefits of Rotary membership – the “value” that Rotary has to offer its members. That list is included with this Minute, and it is very worthwhile for every Rotarian to review. I am convinced that many, maybe even most, Rotarians don’t know all the benefits that are available to them as Rotarians. Or they take them for granted and thus never realize the full benefits of Rotary membership. We know we love Rotary. We know we feel that our Rotary friends and Rotary experiences are priceless parts of our lives. Yet when asked by someone what they will get from Rotary we have trouble relating the depth and breadth of the Rotary experience.
The success of our event and its fund raising depends upon the turnout of Rotarians, family and friends. Have you seen our postcard? These are available to mail or hand out to your friend and associates to publicize this fantastic Derby experience.