Join us for the Food Enterprise Hub’s first Grower information meeting!
The Canal Market District and Enterprise Hub is a nonprofit organization based in Licking County, We are currently piloting a new project called the Food Enterprise Hub that will connect small, local farmers to large institutional purchasers through aggregation and processing of locally sourced food. We invite all local farmers to attend the event and learn more!
Hannah Scott, OSU Center for Cooperatives: Hannah Scott is the Program Manager of the Center for Cooperatives in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. Hannah has lead the coordination of the Ohio and West Virginia Food Hub Network since 2015, a project of the Center that supports food hub development through a regional peer-learning model.
Brian Merritt, Licking Memorial Hospital: Brian Merritt is the Director of the Culinary Services department at Licking Memorial Health Systems, which is responsible for offering excellent food and hospitality to the patients, guests, and employees of the hospital. As a part of this mission, Brian has helped to direct the department’s purchasing decisions towards higher quality, local, and sustainable food, because it is LMH’s belief that this is a very important component of improving the health of the community.
Mandy and Cameron Way, Southern Ohio Growers Cooperative: The Southern Ohio Growers Cooperative was formed in 2016 by Cameron Way and seven growers in southern Ohio. The cooperative currently sells pumpkins and fall decorations, however, they hope to expand their product offerings to fresh produce in the near future. Currently, Cameron and Mandy Way serve as the President and Account Coordinator, respectively, and have also operated Way Farms LLC since 2003.
Bryn Bird, Bird’s Haven Farms: Bird’s Haven Farms is a sustainable, diverse produce operation located in Licking County. Bryn and her brother Lee are second-generation farmers raising high quality fresh food for CSA, retail, and wholesale customers.
Jazz Glastra, Executive Director of the Canal Market District and Enterprise Hub will moderate the discussion.