Cincinnati's Foodshed: An Art Atlas - Past, Present & Future features a series of art exhibitions, community events and publications that showcase our regional foodshed's past, present and future.

Cincinnati's Foodshed:
An Art Atlas - Past, Present
& Future


Help Bring Cincinnati's Foodshed: An Art Atlas - Past, Present & Future to Life

This project culminates in the publication of a beautiful coffee table book. We need your help to make this happen. Please support this project and reserve a pre-ordered copy of the book with a $150 contribution.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact project lead Alan Wight for more information.

Why Cincinnati's Foodshed?

The Cincinnati and Ohio Valley Region has a rich food and farming history. We are currently experiencing a renaissance in community-based agriculture, health related initiatives, forest garden installations, microbreweries, compost programs, and an interest in everything local. Our governments, educational institutions, non-profits, faith communities, and businesses are engaged in conversations and actions around what it means to have a regenerative regional food system.


To further this dialogue, we are creating an artistically inspired atlas of maps, infographics and original artwork that deepens our understanding of the past and present, and envisions a healthier, more equitable food system for the future.


Through the visualization of our foodshed, this unique project highlights all levels and connections - from cupboards and communities, to farms, schools, incubator kitchens, and entrepreneurs, to the novel collaborations between them.  All subject matter associated with our food systems is included, such as: food (in)security, suburban garden projects, food-hubs, fast food, slow food, the urban-rural divide, and garden designs, to foraging, gleaning, cooking, composting, and eating.

This is a Green Umbrella project in collaboration with Wave Pool and The Cincinnati Museum Center. The editorial team is led by R. Alan Wight, PhD., School and Community Garden Liaison for the University of Cincinnati and Assistant Professor at The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Michaela Oldfield, JD, PhD., Director of Green Umbrella’s Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council.

The project team consists of Cal Cullen, MFA, Executive Director of Wave Pool; Arynn McCandless, Education Program Director, Cincinnati Museum Center; Alex Tarr, PhD., Assistant Professor of Earth, Environment, and Physics at Worcester State University; and Alyssa Ryan, MA., Assistant Professor at The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

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