A group of 24 veteran farmers, aspiring farmers and others involved in the local, fresh foods community recently gathered for a series of February workshops and discussions focused on increasing farming and marketing opportunities in Pickaway County and central Ohio. Hosted by the Ohio Fresh Food Corridor, the workshops allowed attendees to learn various marketing strategies and understand their customers, considerations and opportunities involved with community-supported agriculture endeavors, agritourism, cottage foods, farmers’ markets, food councils and more.
The Ohio Fresh Foods Corridor was created by Pickaway County farmers who want to help people experience the connection with their food by promoting homegrown entrepreneurship, new investment and the value of Pickaway County’s existing strengths in food and agriculture. It highlights the U.S. Route 23 corridor, where multiple opportunities exist for families to connect with their food, including farm and farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms, Christmas tree farms, garden centers and more. The Ohio Fresh Foods Corridor is funded through the Pickaway County Community Foundation’s Agriculture Fund, established through the work of the Pickaway Competitiveness Network’s Agricultural Steering Community.