In 2017, 11 farm to school action committees gathered in Indianapolis to attend a day-long pilot training for farm to school. While the focus was on increasing procurement of local food in school food service, topics covered included seasonal eating, procurement rules for food service directors, where to find local food, how you can engage…

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Farmers’ Market Managers across Indiana are encouraged to attend this professional development program to learn more about market management, connect with other market managers in Indiana and develop a plan of action for their current market initiatives. The combination of in-person and online training events with more than 30 hours of instruction will enhance a…

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2017 Farmers’ Market Forum Wednesday 1 March, 2017, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm Thank you all for attending another fantastic Farmers’ Market Forum! The issues raised, conversations and networking were excellent and rich. I look forward to seeing you all this summer or next year! Thank you to our speakers, partners and sponsors. Below, please…

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In February – March 2017, Purdue Extension will host the Michigan Farmers’ Market Manager Certificate Program in Indianapolis at the Marion County Extension office on the Indiana State Fairgrounds. This program is offered as part of the Purdue Extension Initiative, Market Basket 360 where the full circle of market farmers, vendors and shoppers can connect with…

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Debbie Tropp, Deputy Director of the Local Food Research and Development Division of the USDA AMS presented at the 2016 Indiana Local Food Summit. In her presentation, she outlines the federal resources – grants, programs, services and future work – that supports and fosters local food system development for the U.S. Policy changes and an…

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At the 2016 Indiana Local Food Summit, Maggie Schabel, Ginny Roberts and Laura Hormuth delivered this presentation on, “Getting Started in Farm to School: farm to school is a grassroots program and anyone can get involved” Getting Started in Farm to School  Simply put, “farm to school” refers to efforts that bring locally or regionally…

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Thanks to our wonderful hosts at Ivy Tech Culinary School, the 2016 Indiana Local Food Summit was endowed with a fantastic lunch of locally sourced food. This meal was prepared and served by Ivy Tech students under the direction of Chef Jeff Bricker. Local Food Summit Buffet Menu October 6, 2016 PANZENELLA SALAD with Chef…

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Edible Muncie, the Muncie Food Hub Partnership, Purdue Extension, and Ball State University’s Office of Community Engagement will host the Muncie Food Summit to connect the local food community in Muncie and East Central Indiana. Objectives include: Launching discussions and networking opportunities for food-concerned individuals and groups. Gathering input from the community to identify and…

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Purdue Extension hosted the first annual local food summit for Indiana on 6 October 2016 in Indianapolis. This day-long learning and networking event brought together practitioners and researchers in local food and focused on building networks around food councils, food hubs, food business development, farm to school and healthy food access. Please plan to attend…

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Roy Ballard, Heather Strohm, Tamara Ogle 10:00am          Welcome and Introductions 10:30am          Dish out the Goods: Defining and Diversifying Your Market. Learn how to identify the seven steps to understanding your niche market. Do you have food strengths or a value to your products for customers? Peer-to-Peer Networking with niche market Round Tables Peer-to-Peer Networking with…

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