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LGG partnering with IU and Purdue

Grant explores alternative markets for local food

The LGG is a partner in 2 grants that were recently funded. We are a project participant for the Community Health Engagement Program grant through IU’s School of Public Health, with Professor James Farmer. We will be exploring if interest exists among producers and consumers for market diversification of local food products beyond what’s happening currently (farmers’ markets, CSAs, restaurants, and local grocers). The Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market will be looking at the impact of current farmers’ market programs aimed at increasing food access and Monroe County United Ministries will be evaluating demand and value amongst individuals with lower socio-economic status. We plan to share our findings next fall.

Grant supports resources for small farms in Indiana

The second grant was awarded to Purdue, lead by Tamara Benjamin and Kevin Gibson, faculty promoting small sustainable farms. The main purpose is to provide support to encourage 1000 new small farms in Indiana. Some of this funding will be given directly to the LGG to improve our technology to host information sharing. We are looking for a web designer with database experience to hire in early 2015. If this is you, or you know someone, please email membership@localgrowers.org. We will also be looking for farms to host workshops around the state and growers to develop educational materials for the website. Both have stipends for participation. More information will be available in January as the funding comes in and we begin implementing.

Fun on the Farm Tour!

LGG Board member Tom Mooradian stirred up a delicious mint, golden raspberries, and honey tea for the recent Farm Tour dinner at Living Roots Ecovillage.  Big shout out to Tom’s bees for sharing their gift!

Participants were amazed by the 2.5 acre deer-proof wood fence that surrounds the farm and the huge diversity of vegetables they grow inside of it.

We’re excited to see how their orchard and grazing pastures develop in the next few years.  Thanks again to Living Roots Ecovillage for hosting the dinner and to all the sponsors.

The Farm Tour is Co-sponsored by Bloomington Parks and Recreation, the Local Growers’ Guild, Bloomingfoods Market and Deli, and Harvest Moon Flower Farm with special thanks to Muddy Fork Farm.

Want to see more?  Check out this video the LGG made with Living Roots Ecovillage on their Permaculture gardens.

Living Roots Ecovillage – Urban Permaculture: Feeding Our Communities from Local Growers Guild on Vimeo.

 

Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our local dining fundraiser on Friday night.   We hope you keep going back to these restaurants that source food locally all year round!

Laughing Planet
Nick’s English Hut
Upland Brewery
Lennie’s
No Coast Reserve

Food Chain: A Discussion of Policies Affecting the Bloomington Food System

Please join the Local Growers Guild and the Bloomington Food Policy Council for this exciting panel discussion as part of Bloomington Lifelong Learning Week on Monday September 8th from 7pm-8:30pm. Panelists include LGG members Mike Record from New Ground Farm,  and Larry Howard from Maple Valley Farm.  They will be joined by Chef Sasha Divine from No Coast Reserve, and Kroger Public Affairs Manager John Elliott. The discussion will be moderated by Annie Corrigan from Earth Eats. Following the panel, attendees are invited to stay for the Summer Quarterly meeting of the Food Policy Council.

Location: Monroe County Public Library meeting room 1C

Learn more about our panelists.

Thank You!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Indiana Farm Tour last month and LGG member Moon Valley Farm for hosting.  For information on the Fall Indiana Farm Tour, visit the City of Bloomington’s website.