Saunders: Indiana Grown reaches milestone, expands membership

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Thursday, July 23, 2020 9:27 am

STATEHOUSE (July 23, 2020) – Indiana Grown celebrates its five-year anniversary this month as it continues to attract more members and expand services, according to State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville).

The program is available thanks to a 2014 law Saunders supported and aims to connect more Hoosier consumers with Indiana goods. Saunders 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.

"Indiana is home to many talented Hoosiers who grow, raise and make high-quality products for consumers to purchase," Saunders said. "Let's all support these businesses and do our part by buying local."

According to Saunders, 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.

Saunders 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.

"Right now is a good time to go online and see what Indiana Grown offers," Saunders said. "Consumers can connect directly to local producers, and Hoosier businesses can immediately benefit from the free marketing."  

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. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents House District 54,

which includes Henry County and portions of Rush and Wayne counties.

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