FoodSphere: The Entrepreneurial Center at Local Roots

Derived from “biosphere,” which is the worldwide sum of all ecosystems. A FoodSphere is the sum of all food systems in our local economy, and the connections they have to the economy, communities, and the environment.

The concept for FoodSphere: the Entrepreneurial Center at Local Roots initially came out of the 2020 Local Roots Strategic Plan. Local Roots Board and Staff recommitted ourselves to supporting small farms and food entrepreneurs in our community and region. We noticed that many times, our staff and volunteers are helping our producers in different ways: providing technical assistance with things like regulatory guidelines, labeling, and marketing; helping producers collaborate with each other and make connections; and, providing insight and access into new markets. We asked, “How can we formalize these efforts into fundable programs to make them far more accessible and effective?

 

feasibility study conducted in July 2020 found that many local businesses are growing and have hired new employees because of the support they receive from Local Roots. Further, the report determined there is a demand for additional, formalized business incubator services and programs in the future. From August 2020 – July 2021, a steering committee has been tasked with the development of this new non-profit business incubator. By Spring 2021, the committee expects to have completed strategic planning for FoodSphere and to have obtained 501(c)3 status.

A vibrant, local food sphere that promotes jobs, thriving businesses, agriculture, and a healthy planet.

Cultivating economic growth and sustainability through the support of local farmers and entrepreneurs of value-added agricultural products.

Chair

Sustainable Economies Consulting, LLC

Stillmeadow Acre Farm & Studio

Local Roots Market and Café

Myranda Keister

Wayne Economic Development Council

Kelly Haer

Wayne Economic Development Council

Rob Stutzman

Logee, Hostetler, Stutzman & Lehman LLC

Aubrey Miller

Redbudsuds

David Kelly

Hummavore

Beth Ladrach

Autumn Harvest Farm

Melissa Williams

Local Roots Market and Café

Brian Gwin

OSU/OARDC

Shannon Waller

Main Street Wooster

Sarah Stoner

Umami Bites

Joie Schmitz

Local Roots Market and Café

 140 S. Walnut Street, Wooster, OH 44691   •   330-263-5336   •   info@LocalRootsWooster.com

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