Ellington, Borders: Indiana Grown reaches milestone, expands membership

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, July 31, 2020

STATEHOUSE (July 31, 2020) – Indiana Grown is celebrating its five-year anniversary as it continues to attract more members and expand services, according to State Reps. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) and Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville).

The program aims to connect more Hoosier consumers with Indiana goods. Ellington said more than 1,600 farms and businesses that grow, raise, produce or process agricultural items in the state participate in Indiana Grown and new members join almost daily.

"Indiana is one of the top farming states in the country, but for a long time much of the food we bought came from somewhere else," Ellington said. "This program has been a tremendous resource helping Hoosiers find local products and expand the marketplace for so many of our producers and growers in the community." 

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

Borders 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.

"Hoosiers are often associated with farming and agriculture, but many of us may not realize how much food is produced right here in our state," Borders said. "The popularity of Indiana Grown proves that consumers want fresh food and other products that can be easily found right in their communities."

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. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) represents House District 62, which includes
portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.
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State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) represents House District 45, which includes
all of Sullivan County and portions of Vigo, Greene, Knox and Daviess counties.
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