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.

2018 Farmers Market Forum

Click here to register!  The 2018 Farmers Market Forum, hosted by Purdue University Extension, the Indiana Cooperative Development Center and the Indiana State Department of Health is your annual networking and learning event as a farmers market manager. Whether you are new or experienced, the Forum is a day for market managers to gather from all over Indiana to share best practices and learn from each other. Catch up on regulations and statewide programming during our lightening round sessions. Strengthen your management skills with our mini workshops on fiscal management and increasing your customer base.


Market Basket 360

FREE Farmers Market Vendor Workshop Series – Join us this November through March if you currently sell or are thinking about selling at a Farmers’ Market in Indiana. This series of two-hour evening workshops will be offered in more than 25 Purdue Extension County locations throughout Indiana. Please contact one of the County hosts nearest you to register to attend. Read more about the agenda and speakers.

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