Whole Systems Approach to Building a Sustainable Regional Food Economy

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2002: $99,596.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2004
Matching Federal Funds: $33,112.00
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $238,513.00
Region: North Central
State: Ohio
Project Coordinator:
Brad Masi
Ecological Design Innovation Center

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: corn, potatoes, soybeans, sunflower
  • Fruits: melons, apples, berries (other), grapes, berries (strawberries)
  • Vegetables: sweet potatoes, asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, cucurbits, eggplant, greens (leafy), onions, peas (culinary), peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes
  • Additional Plants: herbs, native plants
  • Animals: bees, poultry
  • Miscellaneous: mushrooms


  • Animal Production: grazing - continuous, free-range, grazing - rotational
  • Crop Production: agroforestry, cover crops, intercropping, municipal wastes, organic fertilizers
  • Education and Training: demonstration, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, community-supported agriculture, cooperatives, marketing management, market study
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, habitat enhancement, indicators, wetlands, wildlife, hedges - woody
  • Pest Management: biological control, field monitoring/scouting, integrated pest management, trap crops, mulching - vegetative
  • Production Systems: holistic management
  • Soil Management: green manures, organic matter, soil analysis, composting, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: partnerships, urban/rural integration, community services, social networks, sustainability measures, community development
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.