Videos tagged as 'rural-urban interface'

Origins of Local Roots

The members of Local Roots received the 2010 Local Hero Award from Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Robert Boggs. Opening their doors for operations only in January of 2010, Local Roots has grown quickly from 12 to 500 members, including 110 participating farmers. Local Roots was established through a collaboration with the Wayne County Commissioners who made the empty storefront available to the establishment of the cooperative. Learn about how Local Roots all began when people were having trouble finding food for Thanksgiving dinner in farm country. 

How Local Roots Works

This video breaks down how local food operates. Hear operations manager Jessica Barkheimer describe the flow of activities that support this dynamic cooperative market space. Local Roots was established by and is run by all volunteers. Meet some of the youngest volunteers and learn about some of the financial and management background of the operation. Jessica shares her views on how the Local Roots model can be replicated.

Farmers of Local Roots Cooperative

This short film introduces some of the farmers around greater Wayne County to supply the Local Roots Cooperative in downtown Wooster. Farmers and consumers are both member-owners in this hybrid cooperative. The cooperative has 110 producer-members that provide a wide-range of products to the cooperative: produce, meats, processed and baked goods, fiber, personal care, and artisan goods. Farmers get to set-up their own display spaces within the cooperative and get to set their own prices. Local Roots also provides a year-round market which has enabled farmers to extend their growing season. Beyond a place for selling local foods, farmers participate in the many educational programs through Local Roots, ranging from cooking demonstrations to gardening workshops.