Food Systems as a Community Development Tool

  • August 27, 2021
  • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • La Terza Coffee Roasters, 611 Shepherd Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45215


  • Register to attend in-person or virtually.

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Green Umbrella is partnering with the Center for Local Government and the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council (GCRFPC) to host Food Systems as a Community Development Tool on August 27th from 9:30-11:30AM.

This event is for local government staff and will focus on how communities can attract and foster food business opportunities. This session will provide resources related to food systems, land use, procurement, and available funding/financing.

Are you encouraging entrepreneurialism or are you creating unnecessary barriers? Are you incentivizing food manufacturing as a job creator? What are next steps your community can take? Whether you're a planner, city/village/township manager, economic development official, or finance staffer, come learn how you can support more innovative and equitable community food systems.

Michaela Oldfield of the GCRFPC and David Gaines of La Terza will present from 10:00-11:00AM, with networking opportunities 30 minutes before and after the presentation. And of course, time to enjoy La Terza's locally roasted coffee! 

  • This is a hybrid event, enabling you to join in-person or virtually.
  • The event is free but registration is required. 
  • Please email with any questions.


Michaela Oldfield is the Director of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council. She coordinates a cross-sector coalition of stakeholders advocating for policies and systems changes to ensure that all residents of the Greater Cincinnati Region have access to food that is healthy, fair, affordable and green. Michaela has a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and a PhD from Michigan State University in Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies. Her studies and past work have focused on environmental justice advocacy, the politics of public and private food systems regulation, and understanding how policies shape the healthfulness, economics, and sustainability of food systems.

David Gaines is the CEO of La Terza Artisan Coffee Roasterie. He is passionate about Social Enterprise and using business for good. Through La Terza and his other entrepreneurial endeavors, he loves creatively challenging the traditional business status quo and incorporating life-bringing ideas into everyday business practices. He is the Board Chair of the Greater Cincinnati chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance where he works to foster connections and provide resources for other social entrepreneurs in Cincinnati. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, cycling, and spending time with his wife Beth and son Parker.

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