About Us

The Licking County 30 Mile Meal is a project of the Licking County Local Food Council.

Who is the Licking County Local Food Council?


The Licking County Local Food Council’s mission is to promote locally produced foods and sustainable agricultural systems that benefit our health, our land, and our community.  With members representing food producers, processors, distributors, local governments, schools, universities, business owners, not-for-profit organizations involved in local-food advocacy, health professionals, hunger advocates, and concerned citizens, the Licking County Local Food Council (LCLFC) holds meetings and hosts events in order to further the conversation around local food within Licking County and to facilitate connections between players in the local food system.

Feel free to print and distribute informational cards about the LCLFC by clicking here: 30MM Postcard (Updated February 2014) Please note that the card is to be printed front and back!

Why Licking County?  Why now?

In 2010, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, funded by the Columbus Foundation, conducted a Central Ohio Local Food Assessment and Plan.  Licking County is considered an economic development “hot spot” located just on the eastern border of Franklin County in growing Central Ohio.  There is great potential to develop our capacity for local food production and capitalize on our proximity to the Columbus metropolitan area and its potential for visitors and tourism.

The 30 Mile Meal campaign is a response to what is happening both nationally and locally. Consumer demand for locally grown food is expected to rise from an estimated $4 billion in 2002 to as much as $9 billion by 2012. Consumers are more aware than ever before of the importance of sustainable local food — for the health of their families as well as for the health of the planet.  Licking County had the opportunity to be one of the very first communities to adopt the expanded Athens 30-Mile Meal brand.   The LCLFC launced the Licking County 30 Mile Meal branding campaign in January 2013.

Who leads the project?

The 30-Mile Meal project is coordinated by the Executive Committee of the Licking County Local Food Council.  As with most of the work of the Food Council this project relies on the dedicated work of volunteers and active LCLFC members.

Bryn Bird – Director, Canal Market District & Hub; Farmer, Bird’s Haven Farms

Pat Deering – Farmland Preservation Coordinator & Information Specialist, Licking Co. Soil & Water Conservation District

Erin Harvey – Owner and Farmer, The Kale Yard; Manager, The Going Green Store

Jess Henning – Program Coordinator, Licking Park District

Jeremy King – Campus Sustainability Coordinator, Denison University

Susan Studer King – Co-Owner, Buckeye Blooms; Freelance Writer

Michelle Newman Brady – Owner and Wellness Coach, Michelle Newman Brady Wellness Consulting

Sarah Piper – Sustainability Manager, Denison Dining, Bon Appétit Management Company

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