Cherry: Indiana Grown reaches milestone, expands membership

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, July 16, 2020 11:32 am

STATEHOUSE (July 16, 2020) – Indiana Grown celebrates its five-year anniversary this month as it continues to attract more members and expand services, according to State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield).

The program is available thanks to a 2014 law co-authored by Cherry and aims to connect more Hoosier consumers with Indiana goods. Cherry said more than 1,600 farms and businesses that grow, raise, produce or process agriculture items in the state participate in Indiana Grown and new members join almost daily.

"Indiana is home to so many hardworking Hoosiers who grow or make high-quality products," Cherry said. "Whether an individual who turned their beekeeping hobby into a small business, or a family that dedicates their livelihoods to raising and selling beef, a number of Hoosiers benefit from becoming Indiana Grown members."

According to Cherry, Indiana Grown members and partners include farmers, producers, processors, artisans, retailers, grocers and restaurants. Hoosiers can join for free online at IndianaGrown.org, and have to provide information to ensure their products meet Indiana Grown's guidelines.

Cherry said consumers can also go to IndianaGrown.org for local shopping guides, recipes using Hoosier-sourced goods, locations of nearby farmers markets, and their popular Indiana Grown maps, trails and guides.

"I'm certain there are several in our community who would benefit from this free initiative, and I encourage them to visit Indiana Grown's website and learn more,"  Cherry said.

Housed within the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, in the last five years Indiana Grown worked with partners to connect schools with local food producers, paved the way for more locally sourced options in hospitals and made local products more readily available to consumers in grocery stores.

"My time with Indiana Grown has been truly rewarding," said Indiana Grown Program Director Heather Tallman. "More important than these high impact projects are the ripple effects each one has created for our members and partners."

For a complete timeline of Indiana Grown's past five years and more information, visit IndianaGrown.org.

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State Rep. Bob Cherry (R-Greenfield) represents House District 53,

which includes portions of Hancock and Madison counties.

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