Findlay Market. Rachel, Fiona, Amna , Aaron. Overview. Our Findlay Market Adventure What is Findlay Market? Greening the Market Contact at Findlay Market: Karen Kahle Urban Farming & Local Food How Can We Help?. Our Findlay Market Adventure. Food - The Common Factor. Farmers.
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Findlay Market Rachel, Fiona, Amna, Aaron
Overview • Our Findlay Market Adventure • What is Findlay Market? • Greening the Market • Contact at Findlay Market: Karen Kahle • Urban Farming & Local Food • How Can We Help?
Food - The Common Factor Farmers Community Vendors
What is Findlay Market? • Few dozen merchants • Offer a variety of items • Opened in 1855 • Open Tuesday-Sunday, year-round • Great gathering place • Located in historic Over-the-Rhine • 1.3 miles from UC Uptown • Operated by the Corporation for Findlay Market (CFFM), a private nonprofit
Findlay Market’s Values • Local • Authentic • Value-Minded • Entrepreneurial • Responsible
Recycling & Composting • 800,000 tons of solid waste a year • In 2010, >50% of waste diverted from landfills • Partnered with city and Rumpke recycling to have two neighborhood recycling collection containers • Expanded recycling efforts to the city • 32 public recycling receptacles • 30 tons of plastic and glass each year
Recycling & Composting • Created a food waste composting program • First in-vessel food waste composting in the region • 3 Earth tubs, hold 3000 lbs of food • Only Class II composting facility in urban area in OH
Reducing Energy Consumption • Solar Panels • Only historical building in Ohio equipped with solar panels • Reduced energy cost by 3-5% annually • Currently expanding • Lighting • Replaced 1500 halogen fixtures with fluorescent ones • Replaced 1000 incandescent bulbs with CFLs
Neighborhood Beautification& Urban Forestry • 100s of bulbs planted within the market and throughout Cincinnati • Use compost from food vendors to promote sustainable plant growth • Over the span of 8 years Findlay Market has been responsible for planting over 100 trees in the Cincinnati area.
Local Food System • Current food system is energy intensive • Growing and selling food locally reduces carbon footprint • Additional benefits • Fresher food • Less chance of contamination • Supports local economy
Farmer's Market • 3 days each week from April through December • More than 50 local growers • Largest provider of local grown food in area
Karen Kahle • Resource Development Director at Findlay Market • Tasked with finding and implementing grants and other funds to sustain Findlay Market
Farmers • “Farmers know the most about the effects of climate change…they are living it everyday.”- Karen Kahle • This group is an important part of the climate change movement
Findlay Market on Local Foods • Nature of of our food system is broken • Commodity crops turned into processed foods • A way to bridge the gap between the consumer and local foods • Puts money into local economy
Urban Farming • Started 5 years ago with a small USDA grant • Expanded to 3 acres of vacant land throughout the Greater Cincinnati Area • 4 plots of land in Over-the-Rhine, Hartwell and Westwood
Farm Stands • A mini farmer’s market • 10 X 10 shipping container • Only one currently, located at Roberts Academy • Last year they sold $15,000 worth of produce, $32,000 projected for this year • 2 more farm stands are in development
Impact of Farm Stands • Engages the community by distributing locally grown produce to areas with limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. • Promotes healthy eating, the local food movement and community engagement.
How Can We Help? • Goal is to become a self sustaining within 5 years • Costs $15,000 to equip and manage each farm stand • Findlay Market has obtained $10,000 to put toward second farm stand • A financial contribution would get them closer to the amount required for their second farm stand
Why Should We Help? • Well established and dedicated nonprofit organization • More of an impact that many other local green organizations • Local farming • reduces carbon footprint • provides healthy food to urban areas