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. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).
The program is available thanks to a 2014 law Lucas supported and aims to connect more Hoosier consumers with Indiana goods. Lucas 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.
"Agriculture is one of the most important industries in our state," Lucas said. "It's been great to see Indiana Grown thrive over these last five years, offering a marketplace for producers to reach consumers who want to support them."
According to Lucas, 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.
Lucas 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.
"The variety of goods produced across the state is amazing," Lucas said. "Finding homemade items, from fresh food and vegetables to wine, has never been easier."
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. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes
portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.
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