Weinland Park Food District Project – A REAL Example of Great Leadership & Community

Twenty five (25) years ago Godman Guild provided the seed money for a small community development corporation (CDC); Northside Development Corporation (NDC) located in Weinland Park, with a focus on affordable housing. With the large influx of city and corporate money that became focused on the Weinland Park community the need for NDC diminished. In 2011 the Board of Trustees of NDC voted to cease operations. The assets from this 501C-3 had to be passed on to another non-profit. Because of the long standing relationship with Godman Guild and the shared mission of providing for the needs of the residents of the Weinland Park community, in July of 2011 the Guild absorbed NDC. Because of the need for the job creating economic development, so desperately needed in the city of Columbus particularly in the inner city, the former NDC was recreated and repurposed into Community Economic Development Corporation of Ohio (CEDCO).

As the MORPC/HUD Agrarian Urbanist Overlay planning grant was drawing to a conclusion, it became necessary for a Project Owner/Operator to emerge to move the project from the planning stage to the execution stage. In June of 2012 CEDCO was approved to move into this role.

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Learn more at Community Economic Development Corporation of Ohio

Sowing the Seeds of The Colorado Springs Public Market with Michael Shuman

Michael Shuman, author of Local Dollars, Local Sense, joined community members to discuss the Colorado Springs Public Market Project and development of a Community Investment fund to support Local Food Shift in southeastern Colorado.

Mr. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and one of the world’s leading experts on community economics. His most recent book is Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Move Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity. At Cutting Edge Capital, a consulting firm that helps communities and businesses solving finance challenges, he manages economic development initiatives.

Please note this video also features Craig McHugh, A Joyful Noise Farm, providing testimony as to why Colorado Springs needs to “Feed Itself”.

A Successful “Rock • Paper • Scissors” Throw Down At Bristol Brewing Company!


Mike Bristol takes the round over Michael Hannigan in the first ever local celebrity match in the Rock • Paper • Scissors tourney between UpaDowna & Colorado Springs Public Market

“This was the most fun I’ve ever had in the name of philanthropy! UpaDowna & Colorado Springs Public Market totally rocked this event.” – Carrie Simison

Carrie Simison, General Manager/Assoc. Publisher, at Colorado Springs Independent refereeing the “Throw Down” between Mike Bristol, Bristol Brewing Company, (left) representing Colorado Springs Public Market and Michael Hannigan, Pikes Peak Community Foundation, representing UpaDowna (right).

(Actually both represented both Colorado Springs Public Market and UpaDowna)

For more event photos please visit Facebook.com/CSPublicMarket


Participation in this special event was FREE. A suggested donation of $10 – $25 to either (or both) GIVE! campaign participants at the event was encouraged. If you missed the event and would still like to donate please do so at GIVE! or by “throwing down” a pint of GIVE! Black Lager at Bristol Brewing Company where $2 for each pint sold is donated to the nonprofit of your choice.

Photo by Matthew Schniper, Colorado Springs Independant

Photo by Matthew Schniper, Colorado Springs Independant

Borough Market in Southwark, Central London, England

Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market in Southwark, Central London, England. It is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London, and sells a large variety of foods from all over the world.

Video captured by Colorado Springs Public Market’s Matt Gaebler – What Market will Matt visit next? Stay tuned.

THOUGHT FOR FOOD: Local Food ~ Local Economy Panel

BECKY ELDER, Certified Permaculture Designer (2002), master gardener and environmental consultant, has been gardening on the Colorado Front Range since 1975. Becky is a passionate advocate and teacher, actively working toward community resilience as director of Pikes Peak Permaculture. In addition to educational programs and public speaking, she is involved with TransitionManitou, Green Cities Coalition and other local groups, working for positive change. A life-long organic gardener, Becky is well known for her Earth-conscious Blue Planet Earthscapes, an award winning gardening company. Becky is the author of Raven in the Garden, a Front Range Gardener’s Journal (2007). Becky lives in Manitou Springs, which is set to have one of the first local food forests due to her efforts. Learn more at http://www.blueplanetearthscapes.com

LARRY STEBBINS, Director of Pikes Peak Urban Gardens (PPUG), botanist, life-long organic gardener, retired after 35 years in public education, former chemistry teacher and public school administrator. PPUG assists neighborhoods in building community and backyard gardens, with an emphasis on low income families. In addition, monthly organic vegetable gardening classes are offered. These 90 minute classes are open to all and cost five dollars. Learn more at http://www.ppugardens.org

CHRISTINE FAITH, Founder and organizer of Colorado Springs Urban Homesteading, local backyard farmer, and sustainability devotee. Christine is a mentor to those in the community trying to reduce their impact on the planet while maintaining resilient households. “Right to Thrive”, Christine’s award winning blog, is an information clearing-house for backyard farmers along the Front Range. Christine is owner/co-founder of Ivywild Aquaponics & Neighborhood Farm, an artisan farm located in the historic Ivywild neighborhood of Colorado Springs (CO). In addition to managing the small urban farm, Christine teaches classes on backyard farming, designs backyard farms, and consults for a local school district on a school garden project. Learn more at http://www.righttothrive.org

CRAIG MCHUGH, along with wife, Kellie, is the owner/operator of A Joyful Noise Farm, situated on 10 treed acres in Black Forest, Colorado. McHugh raises beef, pork, chicken (layers & meat), turkeys, goats and produce. Craig seeks to help other families learn from mistakes and triumphs they’ve made in order to gain the confidence to set out on their own journey. A Joyful Noise Farm hosts workshops on building greenhouses as well as providing a fee-based small farm consulting and offering farm stand goods. Craig is an advocate for empowering local communities to “seed” greenhouses throughout the city and region. Learn more at http://www.ajoyfulnoisefarm.com

MIKE CALLICRATE, Owner, Ranch Foods Direct, is an independent cattle producer, business entrepreneur and political activist. He serves as an outspoken leader in addressing the rural, social and cultural impacts of current economic trends. Mike has been an advisor for the films Food Inc. and FRESH, and is cited in several books including The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Fast Food Nation. He is revered as the “go-to expert” for understanding negative consequences of trends in the modern meat industry. Learn more at http://NoBull.MikeCallicrate.com