Lorain Incubator Kitchen Cooperative

The Lorain Incubator Kitchen Cooperative (LIKC) was incorporated in 2013 in response to the need for infrastructure in Lorain County, OhioH to support food-based entrepreneurs. LIKC is led by Dr. Chester Bowling, who recently retired from The Ohio State University's Cooperative Extension Center, where he helped build organizations that enable community and economic development through agriculture. LIKC pursued development of an incubator kitchen in Lorain, Lorain County's largest and most economically depressed city, orchestrating an opportunity to acquire donated equipment from a closing hospital and re-purpose it into a commercial kitchen for the Lorain's Boys and Girls Club of Lorain County. LIKC is pleased to bring their incubator kitchen expertise to an Oberlin-based incubator kitchen that is co-located with a wholesale aggregation and distribution.

Small Business Development Center of Lorain County

The Ohio Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide a high-impact, front-line program designed to facilitate small business growth, job creation and access to capital. SBDCs provide confidential one-to-one business advising at no cost, management training and education programs, and technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small business owners.  The Oberlin Food Hub will work directly with the SBDC of Lorain County located at Lorain County Community College.

New Agrarian Center

The New Agrarian Center (NAC) has created and promoted healthy, sustainable, and equitable local foods systems in northeast Ohio since 2001. An independent non-profit located on land leased from Oberlin College on a long-term basis, its goal is to make healthy, sustainably grown food available to everyone, regardless of income, and to act as a workforce development center for those interested in choosing sustainable farming as a career path. NAC does this through two key programs: the George Jones Farm and City Fresh.

The Oberlin Project

The Oberlin Project (TOP) – an initiative of Oberlin College, the City of Oberlin, and other organizations to transition the Oberlin community to a prosperous, post-carbon economy – has been a primary partner with NAC in fostering growth of the local food economy in Lorain County. The Oberlin Project is working towards a replicable model of “full-spectrum” sustainability, integrating agriculture and forestry, economic development, high-performance building, education, arts and culture, public policy, renewable energy, environmental policy, and finance to reinforce the community vitality and resilience. On the basis of these efforts, in 2010 Oberlin was one of 18 communities worldwide named to the C40 Climate Positive Development Program, which seeks to set new standards for sustainable urban development. For health, environmental, and economic reasons, expanding the production and consumption of local foods is a priority for The Oberlin Project, which aims to ensure a food economy based on 70% local sourcing by 2050.

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