2019 Ohio Food Policy Summit

Join us for the 9th Annual Ohio Food Policy Summit on Monday, October 28th at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, (2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus) hosted by the Ohio Food Policy Network and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

The Summit will kick-off with a morning workshop – “Redesigning the table: using equity and systems for collective action” – led by Johns Hopkins University’s Food Policy Network that is aimed at strengthening and equipping Ohio’s local food policy councils. This workshop is designed for members of local food policy councils, but anyone who is interested is welcome to register and attend.

The main public event in the afternoon focuses on food and farm policies developing at local, state, and national levels, including challenges faced by farmers, issues of social equity, and food system financing. During the keynote, the Ohio Department of Agriculture will discuss policy initiatives around children, food, agriculture, and health in the state of Ohio.

The main event is open to all who want to see a strong regional food system in Ohio – please share this event widely within your networks!


  • Monday, October 28, 2019
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
  • 2201 Fred Taylor Drive
  • Columbus, OH 43221
  • Cost: $25
  • Scholarships are available.
  • No charge for undergraduate students with valid ID but registration is required.
  • Parking and lunch are included.

For more information contact us at glenn-events@osu.edu.
Food Policy Council Workshop
8:30 - 9 a.m.

Registration; coffee and tea available

9 - 9:10 a.m.


9:10 - 11:30 a.m.

Redesigning the table: using equity and systems for collective action

The Food Policy Networks project will be leading a co-learning and sharing workshop on how to integrate equity and systems practices both into food councils’ organizational structures and policy work. Together, we will share and explore specific tangible examples of how food councils are applying systems thinking and equity commitments in practice.
  • Anne Palmer, Program Director, Food Communities & Public Health Program, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
  • Raychel Santo, Senior Program Coordinator, Food Production & Public Health and Food Communities & Public Health, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
Annual Ohio Food Policy Summit
11:30 a.m. - noon


noon - 12:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch; Lunch included

12:30 - 1 p.m.

Ohio Food Policy Network
Local Food Hero award

12:30 - 1:15 p.m.

A State and National View on Food Policy Councils

State and national food policy network leaders will share views on the current moment in food policy, including an update from the Ohio Food Policy Network. The statewide Local Food Hero Award will also be presented during this opening session.
  • Michelle Moskowitz Brown, Chair, Ohio Food Policy Network, and Executive Director, Local Matters
  • Anne Palmer, Program Director, Food Communities & Public Health Program, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
  • Raychel Santo:, Senior Program Coordinator, Food Production & Public Health and Food Communities & Public Health, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
  • Jalisa Dawkins, Local Food Systems Strategies Manager, Columbus Public Health

1:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Equity in Food System Economic Development

The development of Ohio’s local and regional food systems will require significant community efforts as well as public and private economic investment. This session will examine the racialized and inequitable history of economic investment and explore innovative and equitable approaches to food business development with a panel of experts and practitioners.
  • Dr. Jason Reece, Assistant Professor, City & Regional Planning, Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University
  • Toby Rittner, President & CEO, Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA)
  • Melinda Carter, Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships and Business Development, Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC) / Columbus Urban League
  • Tamela F. Walker, MBA, Torlitas, LLC, Owner
  • Hannah Scott, Program Manager, CFAES Center for Cooperatives, The Ohio State University
  • Walt Bonham, Creator/Operator, The Food Lab; Urban Farm Manager/Consultant, North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC); Farmer/Board Trustee, Richland Gro-Op Cooperative Inc.
  • Leslie Schaller, Director of Programs, ACEnet; Business Director and Worker-Owner, Casa Nueva Cooperative

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.


2:45 - 4 p.m.

The Food and Farm Policy Landscape for Ohio: History, Wins, Challenges and Opportunities

This session will review the “lay of the land” in food and agricultural policy in the state and discuss some of the challenges for farmers as they face increasingly severe weather events.
  • Amalie Lipstreu, Policy Program Coordinator, Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association
  • Fred Yoder, Farmer/Owner, Yoder Ag Services in Plain City, OH; Chair of The North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance
  • Paul Dorrance, Farmer/Owner, Pastured Providence Farmstead in Chillicothe, OH; Air Force Reservist
  • Caroline McColloch, Farmer/Owner, Chez Nous Farm in Piqua, OH

4 - 5 p.m.

KEYNOTE PANEL – New Administration, New Opportunities: An Update on the State's Goals for Nutrition and Farm to School Programs

The office of Governor DeWine will share the Governor’s and First Lady’s vision for better nutrition for Ohioans and how state agencies will work together to accomplish those goals.

Keynote Panel:
  • Cathy Corbitt, Deputy Director of Children’s Initiatives at the Ohio Department of Agriculture
  • Kara Bertke-Wente, Assistant Director of Health and Human Services at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
  • Stephanie Siddens, Senior Executive Director of the Center for Student Supports at the Ohio Department of Education
  • Sarah Ginnetti, Program Consultant for Creating Healthy Communities at the Ohio Department of Health

  • LeeAnne Cornyn, Director of Children’s Initiatives for Governor DeWine


To create a shared agenda for Ohio’s food system while establishing a resilient network.


  • Develop the infrastructure of the network of food system partners in Ohio
  • Establish relationships that build resiliency
  • Identify opportunities for collective impact
  • Identify research gaps

Funding by the Ohio State University’s Initiative for Food and AgriCultral Transformation

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