Our Consulting Members
Consulting Members are partners in current work, including grant-funded projects.
They provide expertise and guidance to the Council.
represented by Arynn McCandless
Cincinnati Museum Center is a multi-museum complex housed in Union Terminal, a National Historic Landmark, including the Cincinnati History Museum, the Cincinnati History Library and Archives, The Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, and more. Cincinnati Museum Center leads interactive programs focused on food science education for kids and families.
represented by R. Alan Wight
The Cincinnati and Ohio Valley Region has a rich food and farming history and a promising future, and the Cincinnati Foodshed project tells our story through artwork, infographics and maps—celebrating our region's food system’s evolution and related innovations, while envisioning the future. Cincinnati's Foodshed is a coffee table book under production and will feature curated art exhibitions and community engagement events.
represented by Ellie Falk/Mary Dudley
The Civic Garden Center (CGC) of Greater Cincinnati is a regionally recognized nonprofit model that has been teaching people how to grow food and care for the environment since 1942. Founded during the Victory Gardens movement and situated on the former estate of philanthropist Cornelius J. Hauck, CGC is Cincinnati’s go-to resource for all things gardening, sustainability and horticulture. CGC's mission is building community through gardening, education and environmental stewardship.
represented by Robin Henderson
The mission of the Office of Environment & Sustainability (OES) is to lead Cincinnati City Government and the larger community toward sustainability and the practice of good environmental stewardship, building a sustainable, equitable, resilient future for Cincinnati. OES works in key areas related to food, including: local food production and distribution, with food policy and addressing food waste. These all plays an important role in addressing health, social, economic and environmental issues.
represented by Mona Jenkins
Founded in 2011, Co-op Cincy nurtures a resilient, interconnected network of worker-owned businesses in Greater Cincinnati. Co-Op Cincy's goal is an economy that works for all. Several food-focused businesses are part of the Co-Op Cincy network, including Our Harvest, an urban farm founded in 2012 and Co-op Cincy’s first cooperative, and Queen Mother's Market (QMM), which has created a regional Buyers Club in Walnut Hills that provides access to healthy, affordable foods. QMM is working toward opening a Black- and women-led co-op grocery store in the neighborhood by 2024.
represented by Kate Staiger
Edible Ohio Valley
Locally-owned and operated in Cincinnati, this publication reaches over 250,000 local readers each year. Since 2010, Edible Ohio Valley (EOV) magazine has been the voice of the regional sustainability movement in Greater Cincinnati and Dayton. In the spaces between clean air, clean water, and clean soil, we connect the dots with a passion for healthy food and inspiring articles of local leaders working towards a stronger region for everyone. A definitive resource printed four times a year, EOV directs readers to more sustainable options—and has become a trusted guide for locals who want to support their neighbors.
represented by Nicole Gunderman
Gorman Heritage Farm’s mission is to educate about agriculture, nutrition, sustainability and the environment.
Gorman's vision is to cultivate an informed, involved community dedicated to Building Healthy Futures. Gorman Heritage Farm leads in farm-based and STEM education through a range of programs year-round and even brings the farm to the classroom.
represented by Nicole Key
Hamilton County Public Health (HCPH) educates, serves and protects the Hamilton Co., Ohio, community for a healthier future. HCPH's WeTHRIVE! is a county-wide initiative to make healthy living easier. What started with 50 people in three priority communities in 2009 has expanded to impact more than 300,000 people throughout 28 communities. This still-growing movement, which provides a framework to communities for healthy living, is a result of sustainable thinking from the start.
represented by Katie Harvey
KY Farm Share Coalition (KYFSC) is a community supported agriculture program (CSA) with a mission to help certified organic farmers increase and stabilize their annual revenue while improving healthy food access for consumers. KY Farm Share Coalition is helping farmers connect with customers through a unique workplace wellness CSA program of particular interest to self-insured employers eager to manage healthcare costs with innovative and proactive programming.
represented by Monica Smith
The Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKY Health) is a nationally accredited local health department serving four counties in Kentucky: Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton. It was one of the first in the nation to be nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board in 2013. NKY Health is the public agency charged with performing mandated public health services and addressing priority community health needs. They prevent disease, promote wellness and protect against health threats. NKY Health is a valued leader and community partner, with the resources needed to effectively address public health challenges so Northern Kentucky is the healthiest region in the nation.
represented by Penny Shore
The Ohio Farmers Market Network (OFMN) provides Ohio farmers markets and vendors with resources, tools, networking opportunities and a unified voice for public policy. For over ten years, Over the past 10 years, OFMN has worked cooperatively with market managers, vendors, municipalities and other agencies to identify common goals and align resources when possible. In doing so, OFMN addresses concerns of markets large and small, representing urban, suburban and rural markets and producers.
represented by Allison Farrell
Produce Perks Midwest (PPM), an Ohio nonprofit headquartered in Cincinnati, serves as Ohio’s lead agency administering nutrition incentive programming statewide. With a mission to improve the health of underserved communities by increasing affordable access to healthy foods, PPM offers programs (Produce Perks, Produce Prescription -PRx) for food-insecure households that support local farmers and small-market retailers, and strengthen regional food systems. Since 2017, PPM has generated over $10M in healthy food purchases for low-income households.
represented by Anna Haas
What Chefs Want! serves chefs, foodservice operators and restaurateurs by offering them unparalleled services and quality products conveniently through a digital platform. Local Food Connection, now a division of What Chefs Want!, is a just-in-time, harvest-to-order local farm partnership program. Local Food Connection closes the local food gap by connecting local supply to local demand and sources from over 80 farms within 150 miles of Cincinnati, Southwest Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana since 2015.
represented by Reba Hennessey
Your Store of the Queen City's (YSQC) mission empowers neighborhood-based entities to expand fresh food access and create community-based jobs by supporting the development and networking of resident-centered, culturally and economically inclusive enterprises in food desert areas of Cincinnati, OH. YSQC's programs include Meiser's Fresh Grocery & Deli, a trusted community-led, nonprofit grocery enterprise, and the Lower Price Hill Collective Good(s) Farmers + Makers Market.