Welcome to Purdue Extension – Local Food!

The Purdue Extension Local Food Program uses an interdisciplinary approach to local food systems redevelopment for Indiana. We work collaboratively to create programming, provide educational materials and build a community of scholarship for local food system issues. Our creative partnerships are designed to engage leaders in community food systems, build local economies, and deliver science-based outreach for Indiana.

We strive to create strong networks of practitioners, researchers, community members and businesses for any local food economy in Indiana.

Indiana Food Summit 2017

Join us for two days of learning, networking and sharing in Indianapolis on September 25-26, 2017. This year’s Summit will be hosted on the IUPUI campus in Hine Hall and University Tower. On Monday 25 September, we will have three professional development workshops for food councils, healthy corner store initiatives and food/farm business advisors. On Tuesday 26 September, we will have a full day of concurrent sessions, regional networking lunches and tours. In the evening, we will have a Vendor Faire in the courtyard. Save the Date and learn more about this year’s event!

Farm to School Action Committee Workshop

On 29 August 2017, Purdue Extension will host a professional development workshop for Farm to School Action Committees. Five Action Committees will be selected from a pool of applicants. Action Committees will come with ideas and leave with a plan. Thank you to the Indiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development grant for the funds to pilot this program. Thank you also to the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems for co-developing the curriculum and the Indiana Farm to School Network for their partnership. Apply to be a pilot Action Committee today!!

Shared-Use Kitchen Tours and Research

Purdue Extension was awarded a SARE Research and Education Grant to study the Economic Viability of Shared-Use Kitchens. We are in the final stages of the program, where we will complete our survey input and analysis, develop a toolkit for kitchen users and tour 12 kitchens in our region. Learn more about this program here: Shared-Use Kitchen Tours