STATEHOUSE (July 22, 2020) – Indiana Grown celebrates its five-year anniversary this month as it continues to attract more members and expand services, according to State Rep. Matt Hostettler (R-Fort Branch).
The program aims to connect more Hoosier consumers with Indiana goods. Hostettler 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.
"There are a lot of businesses in Indiana and we want them to succeed," Hostettler said. "As a community, it is important to support our local farms, stores and artists when we can. Hoosier consumers know they are buying local goods if they spot the Indiana Grown logo. You can also look for their dedicated areas in grocery stores and shops."
According to Hostettler, 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.
Hostettler 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.
"It's also great that any Hoosier can use Indiana Grown's website to find the closest retailer, restaurant or business selling local products," Hostettler said. "A lot of us want to support our neighbors, but we don't always know where to look. Indiana Grown helps solve that problem."
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. Matt Hostettler (R-Fort Branch) represents House District 64,
which includes Gibson County and portions of Knox, Pike, Vanderburgh and Posey counties.
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