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. J.D. Prescott (R-Union City).
The program is available due to a 2014 law and aims to connect more Hoosier consumers with Indiana goods. Prescott 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.
"Indicating if certain products are sourced from Indiana is a great way to promote buying local goods, and Indiana Grown does just that," Prescott said. "This makes it easier for community members to support fellow Hoosiers."
According to Prescott, 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.
Prescott 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.
"I encourage you to look out for these labeled products next time you are shopping, whether online, at the grocery store or farmers market," Prescott said. "You can also visit Indiana Grown's website to connect directly to Hoosier vendors and purchase a wide variety of goods available from around the state."
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. J.D. Prescott (R-Union City) represents House District 33, which
includes Jay and Randolph counties, and a portion of Delaware County.
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