Morrison: Indiana Grown reaches milestone, expands membership

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Wednesday, July 29, 2020

STATEHOUSE (July 29, 2020) Indiana Grown is celebrating its five-year anniversary as it continues to attract more members and expand services, according to State Rep. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil).

The program is available thanks to a 2014 law co-authored by Morrison and aims to connect more Hoosier consumers with Indiana goods. Morrison 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.

"Supporting our local and state agriculture industry is crucial at a time when we're working to keep our economy moving in the right direction," Morrison said. "In just five years, Indiana Grown has become a huge marketplace where Hoosiers can easily find homemade products where they live and shop."

According to Morrison, 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.

Morrison 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.

"Shopping locally keeps more revenue in our state and helps our communities to thrive," Morrison said. "The Indiana Grown branding and website make it simple to know you're supporting fellow Hoosiers when you buy their products."

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. Alan Morrison (R-Brazil) represents House District 42,
which includes all of Vermillion County and portions of Clay,
Fountain, Parke, Vigo and Warren counties.
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