State Reps. Sullivan, Bacon: 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. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) and Ron Bacon (R-Chandler).

The program aims to connect more Hoosier consumers with Indiana goods. Sullivan 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 Grown helps promote locally owned and operated businesses and highlight Hoosier-made products," Sullivan said. "This program is unique and encourages consumers to be more intentional in supporting their neighbors."

According to Sullivan, 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.

Bacon, co-author of the 2014 law establishing the program, 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 initiative has taken off in the last few years and continues to grow because more and more Hoosier businesses and consumers see the value of supporting locally sourced goods and products," Bacon said. "Indiana Grown members are a diverse group of entrepreneurs, all receiving a built-in support network and resources to expand their business and become an essential part of communities."

Housed within the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Bacon 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. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75, 
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) represents House District 78,
which includes portions of Vanderburgh and Warrick counties.
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