This page focuses on Cincinnati-specific resources for our GCRFPC members and regional stakeholders. If you would like more information on any of these resources, please reach out the Council Director, Michaela Oldfield.
Sharing Tables are a place in the cafeteria where students who have been served more food than they can eat can place unopened healthy items for other students to access rather than throwing it away. Any extra food is taken to a nearby food pantry to further spread access to healthy foods. Note there is no formal guidance for Kentucky sharing tables, but they are currently in operation in several schools.
Cincinnati's Zoning Code permits farming within the city limits. The City's Department of Planning and Zoning is also going through a review of where and how urban agriculture is permitted in the city.
On June 1st, 2017 the Cincinnati City Council unanimously adopted an urban agriculture motion directing city departments to assess the availability of land and resources for urban agriculture and to develop systems to make it easier to access and put land into production.
For further information on policies that support urban agriculture, contact the Cincinnati Office of Environment & Sustainability.
Model Policies and Position Statements
These are the issues we're prioritizing for 2017-2019.
A Template for Healthy, Equitable, Sustainable Food Systems Resolutions
GCRFPC's Land Use and Production team's statement on Agricultural Land Preservation Policies
CRFPC's position on composting regulations.
Cincinnati Regional Data
History of Food & Farms in the Cincinnati Region, Alan Wight et al.
State of Local Food Report, 2012, by Kristin Gangwer
Food Asset Maps, courtesy of Dr. Alan Wight. If you would like a printed copy of any of these maps, please contact Dr. Wight at wightra at ucmail.uc.edu
Presentation to OKI USDN re Cincinnati's Food System, by Dr. Alan Wight
Maps of Grocery Access in Cincinnati, by Alican Yildiz.
Cincinnati Food System Analysis, by Alican Yildiz and Frank Russel. Data sets available by emailing michaela_at_greenumbrella.org.
Food and Physical Activity Deserts in Cincinnati: Myths and Realities, by Dr. Chris Auffrey
Covington's Westside Community Asset and Food Map, by the Center for Great Neighborhoods
Resources from our Members
Learn something new or access a community resource or program offered by one of our members! Content is organized according to the goals of the workgroups.
Healthy Food Access & Consumption Workgroup
Produce Perks, a program that allows SNAP beneficiaries to double their dollars when shopping at Farmers' Markets.
Distribution & Procurement Workgroup
Looking for a bigger market? Ohio Valley Food Connection and Our Harvest Cooperative aggregate and distribute for small farmers in our region.
Land Use & Production Workgroup
Learn to grow your own food, with the Civic Garden Center.
Build skills for your full scale agriculture business with Cultivate! Ohio.
Urban Agriculture Advisory Committee, Cincinnati - Opportunities for being involved in Urban Ag
Access land for Urban Agriculture in Cincinnati through the Office of Environmental Sustainability or the Port Authority.
Zoning, Assessment, Planning and Food Waste Workgroup
Several public health departments offer assistance conducting community assessments and implementing ordinances to address public health, including: