Community Partnerships

The Institute for Food at Miami University establishes extensive partnerships with community members both in Oxford and the Greater Cincinnati area. The Institute for Food Farm supplies these partners with fresh produce grown using sustainable, organic methods. As the institute continues to grow and expand our selection of vegetables, we seek to continue to build relationships with organizations that share our passion for bringing sustainable agriculture and the community closer together.

La Soupe

La Soupe is a non-profit organization located in Cincinnati that provides warm, healthy meals for large crowds. La Soupe's mission includes a commitment to "rescuing wasted produce" and creating delicious, healthy meals for customers and food-insecure families alike. La Soupe acquires free produce from the Institute for Food Farm that might have slight blemishes, such as a slight bruise on a pepper or a small hole in a leaf of kale. La Soupe's head chef, Suzy DeYoung, uses this "second hand" produce to create soups, gumbos, and stews. Read more about the institute's partnership with La Soupe on our blog.

enlarged photo of produce at Market StreetMiami Dining Services (Market at MacCracken)

Market Street at MacCracken is one of the 7 markets on Miami University's Oxford campus, located at 500 Center Dr. next to MacCracken Hall. The market sells a variety of fresh produce from Miami's Institute for Food such as onions, butternut squash, kale, spinach, lettuce, green peppers, broccoli, carrots, acorn squash, potatoes, red peppers, and hot peppers. Multiple times per year, Market Street at MacCrcaken takes part in a Local Vendor's Day where vendors (including the Institute for Food) sell their food products and produce directly to students.

Moon Co-op

Moon Co-op (Tollgate Shopping Mall strip on South Locust Street) caters to an increasing number of Oxford locals who care about sustainably produced local food, the ethical treatment of animals, ecological health, and respect for the environment. Renowned for its tight-knit fooodie community, Moon Co-op welcomes all curious shoppers with open arms and a soup du jour. Moon Co-Op's commitment to local food and agriculture made them an early ally of the Institute for Food. The co-op utilizes local and regional producers to strengthen Oxford's economy and reduce transportation costs for seasonal foods. A bounty of squash, broccoli, carrots, and more seasonal favorites can now be found at Moon Co-op, courtesy of the Institute for Food Farm.

Oxford Community Choice Food Pantry

The Institute for Food Farm serves the Oxford Community Choice Food Pantry (OCCP) by donating produce to the pantry in support of their mission. The OCCP works to "alleviate hunger and provide nutrition information to the families and individuals in need who live in the Talawanda School District." Located at 400 West Withrow Street, the OCCP receives donations from the Institute for Food of several hundred pounds of produce during the busy seasons of summer and early fall. The donations include fresh produce such as squash, cabbage, carrots, and kale. Read more about the institute's partnership with OCCP on our blog.

enlarged photo of lavoshQuarter Barrel

Quarter Barrel Brewery and Pub, located on E. Church Street in Oxford, is known for its unique cuisine, hand crafted cocktails, and craft beer. This local restaurant supports the Institute for Food and frequently purchases produce to make patrons' favorite dishes, most notably their Margherita Lavosh, Bacon Lavosh, the Spinach Lavosh, Caesar Salad, Greek Salad, House Salad, and Bucatini Pasta. Quarter Barrel purchases the Institute for Food's tomatoes, picked at the peak of freshness, to top their house favorite, the Magherita Lavosh. Depending on the season, Quarter Barrel also purchases beets, romaine lettuce, carrots, radishes, spinach, basil, and red bell peppers. Read more about the institute's partnership with Quarter Barrel on our blog.

Urban Greens

Urban Greens provides nutrient-rich, chemical-free, fresh produce to the Cincinnati area. Through their community supported agriculture (CSA) program, Urban Greens sells shares of produce directly to consumers. This direct farm-to-table model allows their farmers to deliver a vast variety of foods to consumers at lower prices by taking out the supermarket link in the chain. Urban Greens has roots in Oxford; Ryan Doan, owner and founder of the CSA, was once a vendor at Oxford Farmer's Market. Lauren Wulker, farm and education coordinator for the Institute for Food Farm, served as a founding member of Urban Greens. The farm now sells green beans, potatoes, summer squash, kale, Napa cabbage, and carrots to the CSA, which in turn sells "shares" of produce to individuals.