Welcome to the Northeast Ohio Food Web


For the Love of Food is a feature-length documentary film that explore the growing local food web in Oberlin. Click here to see the film which documents the past, present, and future of local foods in the small college town of Oberlin.


Click here to check out an interactive site that reviews a variety of options for communities to consider for linking food waste and composting to growth of local food systems. Includes everything from large-scale, commercial facilties to smaller-scale urban or backyard applicaitons.

A Compost Summit held on April 21st in Oberlin drew together interested stakeholders from the community to determine which options make the most sense for Oberlin. Check in again soon for next steps and actions.

25% SHIFT Food Localization Study for Northeast Ohio Availavble:

THE 25% SHIFT: The Benefits of Food Localization for Northeast Ohio & How to Realize Them -- a summary of the Northeast Ohio Local Food System Assessment and Plan -- is now available.

Check out a shorter (25 page) summary of the Assessment or read the full report.

Also: check out an op-ed by Brent Larkin (Cleveland Plain Dealer) about the Northeast Ohio Local Food Assessment and Plan, and a Plain Dealer article about the assessment.

Help us grow the NEO food system!

Join an Affinity Group to participate in the Assessment

More about Affinity Groups  •  List of Groups  •  Register and Join

  • Participate in surveys and online discussions.
  • Gain exclusive access to the Assessment's preliminary findings.
  • Respond to reports from the consulting team and other NEO Food Web members.

Welcome to the Northeast Ohio Food Web -- the information clearing house and virtual think tank for the Northeast Ohio Local Food Assessment and Plan. The Assessment began in April of 2010 when several partner organizations selected a national consultant team to assess the state of Northeast Ohio's food system and make specific recommendations on how to significantly "re-localize" over coming years. The Assessment will culminate in November 2010 with a final report and presentation of findings.

The NEO Food Web is a critical part of the Assessment because it enables the consultant team to hear directly from those working to localize the food system about practices, policies, and investments that will be most effective in advancing local food activities in the region. It also provides a feedback opportunity as the team releases shorter reports of its analysis. In return, members of the NEO Food Web gain access to fresh, valuable information and enhance opportunities for regional collaborations. 

On this site, we encourage you to:

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  • Join an affinity group in our Virtual Think Tank to participate in surveys and discussions about ways to advance the local food system in Northeast Ohio.
  • Look at our resource library for relevant publications, studies, and reports
  • View our video collection for short stories and highlights of innovations in local food system work around the region.
  • Access and provide your feedback on reports and findings of the consultant team (note: available only to affinity group members)

Each of these areas of the site will be updated throughout the Assessment, so please check back frequently.