Monthly Archives: January 2014

Hattie’s Gardens

By Katie Sobiech

Hattie's Gardens

Hattie’s Garden is a sustainable agriculture garden that grows chemical-free produce. The program is also a Hattie Larlham vocational program for adults with developmental disabilities.

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Preserving Farmland in Ohio: Building a Sustainable,  Local Food Economy Part Two

By Katie Sobiech

Local Food

So, what do you think a park is for?

American’s in general don’t often think about parks as having any relation to food, or as places where agriculture happens.

“You go there for a picnic, a walk, to play ball, look at the scenery… You go there and come home. People don’t live there, work there and they sure don’t farm there,” Kelsey said of what parks have become.

Hale Farm and Village came about in hopes to change this by trying to re-invent the older type of farm/park. Along the way it turned into more of a display than an actual farm that produces things.

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Preserving Farmland in Ohio (Part One)

By Katie Sobiech


The policy produced by the Summit County Food Policy Coalition calls for two measurable action items:

1) eliminate food deserts in Summit County,
2) preserve farmland within Summit County.

We reported on efforts to identify and measure food deserts in our story from January 10th, 2014.

This week we investigate one very successful effort to preserve farm land.

With an abundance of documentaries being released on food in America, it seems an awakening is happening.

Many have begun to realize what an impact urbanization and industrialization have had on agriculture and how that is affecting our everyday lives.

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Food Deserts in Summit County

 By Katie Sobiech

Local Foods

It’s a term many are unaware of, and can be defined in many ways.

Though there is no specific definition that everyone agrees on, one definition explains it to be “a geographic area where affordable & healthy food is difficult to obtain, particularly for those without access to an automobile (”

They are also known to exist in rural areas and low-income communities.

“Some research links them to diet-related health problems in affected populations. Food deserts are sometimes associated with supermarket shortages and food security” (

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Community Focus Groups

As we mentioned before, we are switching over to producing more comprehensive stories about what we call Community Focus Groups.

A Community Focus Group is people from different organizations that work in a common area of concern, who spend time coordinating their efforts to make the biggest impact.  We have identified nine such groups working in Summit County on topics as diverse as Homelessness, Local Food, and our Neighborhoods.

For our stories we want each group to identify…