STATEHOUSE (July 27, 2020) – Indiana Grown celebrates its five-year anniversary this month as it continues to attract more members and expand services, according to State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville).
The program is available thanks to a 2014 law Eberhart supported and aims to connect more Hoosier consumers with Indiana goods. Eberhart 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.
"Many Hoosiers produce, make and grow a variety of goods right here in Indiana," Eberhart said. "By promoting these products and consumers buying them, we can boost the local economy and keep our neighbors in business. With everything going on in the world, small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the state need our support more than ever."
According to Eberhart, 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.
Eberhart 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.
"Indiana Grown's webpage is full of great information and very helpful," Eberhart said. "You can go right online, look at Shelby County, and see who is selling what locally. Many of these producers are working hard to get consumers their products while social distancing."
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.
State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) represents House District 57,
which includes Shelby County and portions of Bartholomew and Hancock counties.
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