The Cincinnati and Ohio Valley Region has a rich food and farming history. We are currently experiencing a renaissance in community-based agriculture, health related initiatives, forest garden installations, microbreweries, compost programs, and an interest in everything local. Our governments, educational institutions, non-profits, faith communities, and businesses are engaged in conversations and actions around what it means to have a regenerative regional food system.

To further this dialogue, we are creating an artistically inspired atlas of maps, infographics and original artwork that deepens our understanding of the past and present, and envision a healthier, more equitable food system for the future.

Through the visualization of our foodshed, this unique project highlights all levels and connections - from cupboards and communities, to farms, schools, incubator kitchens, and entrepreneurs, to the novel collaborations between them.  All subject matter associated with our food systems is included, such as: food (in)security, suburban garden projects, food-hubs, fast food, slow food, the urban-rural divide, and garden designs, to foraging, gleaning, cooking, composting, and eating.

The photos scrolling here represent a sampling of the photos, maps, and infographics we have gathered so far for this project.

If you have suggestions for content or activities, or would like more information on the status of the project, please contact Alan Wight and/or Michaela Oldfield.

In support of this endeavor, project partners will be hosting public art mapping and creative events led by local artists, chefs, and activists to promote conversation and dialogue about our food system. Not only will these events allow for the sharing of existing atlas content, but will also create new works for the final deliverables (see below).

NEXT EVENT: Map where your favorite foods are from at the Findlay Market National Farmers Market Week Celebration on August 10, 2019. 

Future planned events include, but are not limited to: food mandala created with Stacey Simms at Findlay Market; a performance and community meditation in the Camp Washington Urban Farm with Aziza Love of Triiibe; a special Cincinnati’s Table showcasing the intersection of immigration and local produce with artist and chef Radha Chandrashekaran; Findlay Market’s celebration of National Farmers Market Week; and public foraging events lead by Braden Trauth of the Cincinnati Permaculture Institute.

This is a Green Umbrella project in collaboration with Wave Pool and The Cincinnati Museum Center. The editorial team is lead by R. Alan Wight, PhD., School and Community Garden Liaison for the University of Cincinnati and Assistant Professor at The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Michaela Oldfield, JD, PhD., Director of Green Umbrella’s Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council.

The project team consists of Cal Cullen, MFA, Executive Director of Wave Pool; Arynn McCandless, Education Program Director, Cincinnati Museum Center; Alex Tarr, PhD., Assistant Professor of Earth, Environment, and Physics at Worcester State University; and Alyssa Ryan, MA., Assistant Professor at The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

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