Local Matters, a not-for-profit, launched in 2002. It is a group of people working towards the development of urban farming, educating people of all walks of life about food and where it comes from, and just the general joy of feeding each other.
Local Matters started out life under the name The Greater Columbus Foodshed Project as a partnership of several agriculture and ecological concerns in the Columbus Area on a grant from the USDA. The group went through several incarnations and partnerships before eventually setting sail on their own as Local Matters in 2008.
Local Matters runs several community programs including Growing Matters, Food Matters, Wellness Matters, and Cooking Matters. Growing Matters tasks itself with teaching others how to grow their own food and running community and teaching gardens. Food Matters teaches kids about healthy food doing projects like going into classrooms and teaching how to cook simple and healthy meals from local ingredients. Wellness Matters partners with other companies to create wellness programs for the businesses employees. Cooking Matters goes into the community to offer classes in healthy and low-cost meal preparation for lower-income families. To find out about these programs and more visit here.
You may have already heard of Local Matters through their partnerships with The Greener Grocer, a CSA run out of the North Market in the warmer months and the now-defunct Veggie Van (Veggie Van is now Fresh Bags)
Currently Local Matters has a small staff of full and part time employees and interns, but runs primarily through the efforts of many volunteers. They are always looking for new volunteers and ways to help the community.