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.

President

Sustainable Economies Consulting, LLC

Logee, Hostetler, Stutzman & Lehman LLC

Vice President

Umami Bites

Secretary

Andrea Hoban

Long, Cook & Samsa, Inc.

Treasurer

Tiffany Leeper

Stillmeadow Acre Farm & Studio

Adam Schwieterman

Local Roots Market and Café

Beth Ladrach

Autumn Harvest Farm

Shannon Waller

Main Street Wooster

Shauna Brummet

Brummet Life Sciences Consulting, Inc.

Joie Schmitz

Local Roots Market and Café

Store Location:

140 S. Walnut Street

Wooster, OH 44691

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(330) 263-5336

info@localrootswooster.com

Market Hours: 

Monday - Friday 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

Saturday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Sunday 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

First hour of each day is designated for "at risk".

Café Hours: 

Lunch

Monday - Saturday 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

Breakfast

Saturday 8:00 AM-11:00 AM

Brunch 

Sunday 10:00 AM-1:00 PM

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