Cincinnati Food Congress

The Community Design Center is annually convening the Cincinnati Regional Food Congress with stakeholders active in food-related issues in Greater Cincinnati. This effort hopes to bring together a diverse number of organizations active in the Cincinnati Metro area food system. These include: The Nutrition Council, The Corporation for Findlay Market, The Center for Closing the Health Gap, City of Cincinnati Office of Environmental Quality, Marvinís Organics, Wooden Shoe Garden and other local growers, Picnic and Pantry, Farmers Market Representatives, local CSAs and many others.

Food Congress 2011 is a forum for the discussion of Cincinnati’s local food system. This third annual meeting builds on the outcomes of previous years which included visioning on how to improve the local food system and scrutinizing the disparities in access to healthy, fresh and local food. This year’s event will focus on the capacity of our local food system for job creation, including several panel discussions that highlight key components of the food system such as production, processing, distribution and waste. Come join more than thirty food related organizations for a stimulating dialog about our region’s economic and social food futures.

Food Congress 2010 engaged 100 individuals. We hope to bring together even more community members for Food Congress 2011. Registration forms will be made available by March 7. To pre-register or request the form e-mailed please contact Clare Norwood (see below).

Individuals and organizations interested in attending the Food Congress are encouraged to contact the Clare Norwood at the Community Design Center at (513) 556-3282 or (

Read more about the last two Food Congress events at the Community Design Center:
2011 Food Congress
2010 Food Congress
2009 Food Congress

Background information:
Between 2002 and 2004, the Community Design Center and the Niehoff Urban Studio Program conducted a two year student academic study of food related design and development issues in the Cincinnati area.

We have studied urban supermarket design, social aspects of retail food uses, equity/access to retail food, food uses as urban development tools, food vending in public spaces, urban agriculture, the preservation of local food production and other issues. While this work is far from comprehensive it points to the possibility for evolving an action oriented agenda to influence food policy in the greater Cincinnati area.

Documents from previous CDC research (2006):
Organizations Involved
Powerpoint Presentation

Niehoff student work on food issuses: