State Reps. Hostettler, McNamara: Indiana Grown reaches milestone, expands membership

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Thursday, July 16, 2020

STATEHOUSE (July 16, 2020) – Indiana Grown celebrates its five-year anniversary this month as it continues to attract more members and expand services, according to State Reps. Matt Hostettler (R-Fort Branch) and Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville).

The program aims to connect more Hoosier consumers with Indiana goods. Hostettler 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.

"There are a lot of businesses in Indiana and we want them to succeed," Hostettler said. "As a community, it is important to support our local farms, stores and artists when we can. Indiana Grown helps Hoosier consumers know they are buying local goods with unique labeling, and dedicated areas in grocery stores and shops."

According to Hostettler, 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.

McNamara 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.

"This program offers many benefits including marketing, branding and networking to reach a wider customer base," McNamara said. "For businesses thinking about joining or wanting more information, I highly encourage you to visit Indiana Grown's website and become a member today."

Housed within the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, McNamara said 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. Matt Hostettler (R-Fort Branch) represents House District 64,
which includes Gibson County and portions of Knox, Pike, Vanderburgh and Posey counties.
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State Rep. Wendy McNamara (R-Evansville) represents House District 76, 
which includes portions of Posey and Vanderburgh counties.

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