Richland SWCD looking for local growers for local buyers

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MANSFIELD — Now, more than ever, buying locally grown and produced food is vital to your community, With the events of 2020 impacting some food availability, a list is being assembled of where consumers may purchase food grown and produced in Richland county. The goal is to connect local food producers to consumers. Consumers may develop a better understanding of where their food comes from, how it is produced and get to know the people who have a passion for offering fresh food.

“Connecting local food producers with local businesses is a great thing for all,” said Erica Thomas, Director, Richland Soil and Water Conservation District. “It keeps the money local while getting fresh, locally grown produce into more local businesses like restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, etc. It makes sense to support the growers in our community and sustain them through these difficult times.”

How can you help?

Local food growers and producers are invited to complete a brief form to be added to the list. The form may be found by clicking on the link at

To see what local growers and producers are on the digital list so far, visit The list will continue to be updated as new options are added.

This effort is supported by: Destination Mansfield-Richland County; North End Community Improvement Collaborative; OSU Extension – Richland County; Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development; Richland County Farm Bureau and Richland Soil and Water Conservation District.

For information call, 419-747-8685 or email

Staff report