The Indiana Healthy Food Access Coalition met for an update on 6 October 2016 as part of the Indiana Local Food Summit. The morning agenda for the meeting follows: 10:00-10:30 am                Healthy Food Financing Initiatives Policy Danielle Patterson, American Heart Association 10:30-11:00 am                Report out from local town hall meetings Anthony Gillespie, Anye’ Carson, …

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Emily Toner Whitney Fields This track is bringing together people from around Indiana who are developing food councils in their city or region. The morning sessions prioritize hearing from your peers and networking to learn about food council efforts around the state. By the time you go to lunch, you should know everyone in the…

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The Indiana Farm to School Network co-hosted their Fed, Fired up and Fueled Annual Meeting with Purdue Extension at the Indiana Local Food Summit. The morning agenda for the conference included the following speakers and topics to dive deep into Farm to School information!   10:00 – 10:30 AM Welcome to Indiana Farm to School…

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Genetically Modified Organisms as related to food are whole food commodities (ie corn, tomatoes, apples,) that have altered genetic information. Everything that is alive (ie “organism”) has genetic information that gives instructions about how to grow, reproduce, and interact with the world. These instructions are very detailed, and account for the fact that marigolds naturally…

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or·gan·ic ôrˈɡanik/ adjective of, relating to, or derived from living matter. “organic soils” synonyms: living, live, animate, biological, biotic Like most Americans, you’re probably familiar with the term “Organic” as it pertains to food. Over the past decade, its status as a “health buzzword” has grown tremendously to the point where most folks believe that…

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In early June 2015, Congress passed the Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015, which repeals the requirement that meat and poultry be labeled with the country of origin. The labeling requirement, COOL, originally was implemented in 2013 to allow consumers the right to information about the source of their food. The reasoning behind…

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Buying local food in Indiana has never been easier. In July 2015, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture launched a free marketing program to allow Indiana food products to be labeled as “Indiana Grown.” This label allows Hoosier consumers to recognize local products easily, whether at a co-op, farmer’s market or even at grocery stores.…

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Why do we need it? According to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), the United States is the number one consumer of petroleum in the world, using more than 19 million barrels per day. As non-renewable resources, petroleum-based energy sources are becoming increasingly expensive as the global supply is continually depleted. However, the modern…

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4H Blog Post After-school activities and clubs are extremely important for a child’s social and relational development. They also help build character, teach valuable life skills, and encourage children to contribute to their communities in positive ways. One such initiative is 4H, the largest youth development and mentoring program in America that strives to empower…

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Fresh produce grown in Indianapolis, at South Circle (Urban) Farm The practice of urban agriculture is gaining popularity as more and more people garner an understanding of the valuable role it can play in a community. In its simplest form, “urban farm” is a term that describes any food growing or producing structure that is…

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