In 2016 and 2017, Purdue Extension, along with many partnering organizations, hosted the Indiana Local Food Summit. This event provided learning, networking and sharing opportunities for the people, communities and organizations working to create an Indiana food system that is more resilient, economically vibrant and diverse. Attendees learned about new topics and were able to take a deep dive into learning and professional development as well as share about their own community work. Everyone who attended is working to create more vibrant food systems in our communities to increase the quality of life for all residents, making healthy food and food access all part of the equation.

2017 Indiana Food Summit

Food Council Workshop: Mark Winne will lead our workshop for food councils where participants can expect to consider their role in the community food system, explore a comprehensive food planning framework and learn about the mixture of policy and programming for food councils. We will also discuss what a supportive statewide food policy framework would look like for Indiana.

Food Finance Institute Training: This Level 1 training will provide an in-depth look at what food, beverage and value-added farm businesses need to do to optimize their business model and capital structure for profitability. This includes a discussion of current market trends in the sector, the basics of conducting market research, discussion of various business models in food (and their accompanying metrics/capital structure) as well as in-depth case studies of business model optimization with one or more of the business models presented. Participants will earn a Level 1 Certificate of Completion from the FFI.

Who Should Attend: Business advisors, SBDC advisors, loan advisors, anyone working with small business development


Stock Healthy, Shop Healthy This workshop is a practical approach to creating healthy food environments in small retail stores. Tools, workbooks, signs and stories will compliment the information and resources available for store-owners and stakeholders to make changes. Stock Healthy, Shop Healthy is a comprehensive, community-based program that allows communities to improve access to healthy, affordable foods by working with a small food retailer.

Who Should Attend: Organizations and individuals working to increase healthy food in retail environments, convenience store managers/owners and organizations, dollar store managers/owners



On Tuesday 26 September 2017, we will host speakers, networking luncheon and join from different regions in our state to learn and share about creating change in our food system. This year we have added a number of activities, and lengthened the sessions to enable a deeper dive into topics. We heard your requests from last year’s attendees and we are responding!

During the day we will have concurrent sessions with speakers and panels that will focus on food policy, healthy food access, farm to school and food business.

2016 Indiana Local Food Summit

Information and highlights from the 2016 event