STATEHOUSE (July 21, 2020) – Indiana Grown celebrates its five-year anniversary this month as it continues to attract more members and expand services, according to State Rep. Shane Lindauer (R-Jasper).
The program aims to connect more Hoosier consumers with Indiana goods. Lindauer 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.
"Our communities love supporting each other, that's part of being a Hoosier," Lindauer said. "If businesses haven't heard about Indiana Grown before now or want to become a member, I highly recommend going to the website and joining today."
According to Lindauer, 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.
Lindauer 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.
"Because of the Indiana Grown label, Hoosiers can easily identify and buy local food, produce and homemade items at neighborhood grocery stores, restaurants or other places," Lindauer said. "This initiative is helping shoppers be more intentional about where their dollars go and support the local economy."
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. Shane Lindauer (R- Jasper) represents House District 63,
which includes portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike and Martin counties.
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