Meeting to discuss feasibility, future of food hub

August 16, 2012  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Extension will present results of a feasibility study for a food hub in central Indiana and explain the next steps in creating a business plan for it.

The meeting will be 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 21) at the Hancock County Public Library, 900 West McKenzie Road, Greenfield. It will include an overview of the food hub project as well as presentations and a panel discussion on a hub's contribution to the economy and health of central Indiana.

Speakers will include Purdue Extension educator Roy Ballard and Prosperity Ag Energy consultant Sarah Aubrey.

Food hubs match products from local farmers and growers with local consumers. They often serve a variety of functions, such as providing word-of-mouth publicity for small farmers and connecting commercial buyers with local suppliers. They also increase consumer access to fresh, homegrown products.

The meeting's purpose is to present details of the feasibility study and business plans to the steering committee and to local government leaders, but farmers, growers and consumers are invited to attend so they can learn more about what a food hub would mean for their communities.

For more information or to register, contact Ballard at 317-462-1113, rballard@purdue.edu.

Writer: Jessica Merzdorf, 765-494-8402, jmerzdor@purdue.edu

Source: Roy Ballard, 317-462-1113, rballard@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson, robins89@purdue.edu
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