Kent "Kip" Curtis, PhD
College of Arts and Sciences
Primary Food Innovation Center Area: Food Security, Foods for Health
Areas of Expertise: Local food economic development models, environmental history, environmental studies, sustainable urban agriculture, garden-based education, farm-to-school
As an affiliate member of the Ohio State Discovery Theme focus area Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformations (InFACT), I am the Principal Investigator in a community-led food system intervention project in Mansfield, Ohio. In addition to coordinating development for the initiation of an urban microfarm production system for the small city, I have developed, constructed, and continue to work with students and alumni to grow food on a demonstration urban microfarm built atop a former parking lot on the Ohio State Mansfield campus. This model small-plot, high-yield microfarm currently produces food for the campus cafeteria, the campus community, local restaurants, and specialty food stores.
Local participants are being trained as part of a project at the school, which recently received a $2 million grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research to create a new model for urban agriculture. Read more
First stakeholder meeting for the RUSS Garden Planning Process held October 12, 2017. Read more