Feb
23
9:00 AM09:00

FED: Food Expo & Discussion 2018

Save the date for our second annual FED: Food Expo & Discussion, a daylong event exploring food topics!

FED is open to all — whether you eat food, play a role in the food system, or have a passion for food issues!  Last year's event included sessions aquaponics, community project design, urban farming, and sustainable nutrition — plus lunch, open mic, and local food Expo.

Our team is hard at work planning the 2018 event. Please stay tuned for details, and let us know if you'd like to join our planning team!

Check out photos from last year's event.

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Nov
30
11:00 AM11:00

Webinar: When Death Happens - Helping Farm Families Get their Affairs in Order

The Purdue Women in Agriculture Team periodically offers free educational webinars as an extension of the Women in Agriculture Conference.

When Death Happens - Helping Farm Families Get their Affairs in Order

November 30, 2017 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST (11:00-12:00 Central)

When a family member passes away, it is usually a very difficult time emotionally for family members.  This difficult time can become even more frustrating when heirs begin to settle their loved one's estate if the farm and personal records are in disarray or non-existent.  Join David Marrison, Ohio State University Extension, as he discusses a way to help families prevent the frustration from developing. 

Register online.

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Meet-Up at The Pax Center (La Porte)
Nov
29
5:00 PM17:00

Meet-Up at The Pax Center (La Porte)

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Passionate about food and the food industry? Want to get connected with our growing Northwest Indiana food system? Come meet the NWI Food Council team and others with related interests as we continue our new series of casual meet-ups.

For those of you that were at FED: Food Expo & Discussion in March, we've listened to your requests for more events and opportunities to network. Here's your chance to continue the conversations you started there and start new ones. We look forward to seeing you again! For those of you new to the NWI Food Council, come out to a meet-up and introduce yourself!

These meet-ups are an informal opportunity to relax and talk to others interested in eating local, supporting local food businesses and farms, and advocating for our local food systems. This event will be family-friendly, and admission is free.

Members of the NWI Food Council board will also be on hand to answer questions about upcoming events, the goals of the Council, and opportunities to get involved.
 

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Nov
16
8:00 AM08:00

Farm Viability Workshop for Beginning Farmers

  • 4-H Community Building at White County Fairgrounds (map)
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This workshop is part of a series by Purdue Extension and the USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program. We invite anyone who is just starting to farm or interested in learning more about farming to attend. Lunch will be served. 

This event takes place from 9am – 2pm Eastern (8am - 1pm Central)

Farmer-to-farmer training and business tools to chart a path to profitability

Workshop topics will include:

  • Develop / refine a vision, personal goals & objectives
  • Understanding your farm strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats (SWOT analysis) 
  • Financial record-keeping systems (determine the best system for your operation) 
  • Monthly cash flow projections (understand liquidity) 
  • Profit & Loss / Income Statements (understand profitability) 
  • Balance sheets to understand farm assets and liabilities (understand solvency) 
  • Enterprise budgets (understand cost of production and income for specific crops) 
  • Enterprise analysis (isolate and analyze one enterprise or idea to assess performance) 
  • Cost of production and break-even analysis (discover your actual cost of production) 
  • Loan preparation (prepare your attitude and financial documents to apply for a loan) 
  • Business plan development

Presented by: Nathan Boone, Specialty Crop Farmer and Farm Business Consultant

Register

For more information and to register, visit the registration website or call 866-515-0023. 

About the workshop presenter

Nathan will be speaking about his farming journey of the past 20 years as a specialty produce grower and farm consultant, sharing stories and offering powerful farm business tools for understanding and guiding your farming path. As an organic grower with experience in commercial vegetable, herb and flower production, Nathan will cover a wide range of issues that are facing Indiana's small farmers, from the personal dimensions of farming life to the business side of understanding where you stand. 

“Taking the next step in your operation is an exploration that asks you to bring everything you've got to the table.” 

Nathan grew up on a multi-generational family farm in Boone County. After graduating from DePauw University with a degree in Geology, Nathan migrated to California and became interested in organic produce, herb and flower production. After managing a number of farms, Nathan launched his own operation, First Light Farm, and within 5 years developed it into a dynamic 20 acre operation including a CSA, farm stand, pumpkin patch, restaurant sales, farmers markets and wholesale distribution to Whole Food Markets in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

In 2015, Nathan sold First Light Farm and moved back to Indiana to take over the family farm. Boone Family Farms is 200 acres currently in transition to organic certification. In 2016, Nathan chose to produce green beans on 22 acres of transitional ground for a contract he negotiated with a processor. 2018 will be the first certified organic production. In the meantime, the farm will produce green beans on contract, hay and grain. 

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Up Up! Farm Film Fest
Oct
13
4:30 PM16:30

Up Up! Farm Film Fest

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Join the NWI Food Council and the Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition for a screening of Planting Justice, an eight-minute peek into grassroots work on urban farming and democratizing access to affordable, nutritious food. 

We'll enjoy bites from The Gourmet Goddess, cider and donuts from County Line Orchard, and fresh popcorn!This casual event will provide an opportunity to get to know other attendees, talk to your neighbors about food and farming, and learn more about the NWI Food Council and the Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition.  

Admission is free and kids are welcome. We’ll be looping the film throughout the event, so come any time!

Admission is free but you can register on Eventbrite.

Check out the other film screenings hosted by Hoosier Farmers Coalition.

Read more about Up Up Farm

More About The Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition

The Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition was founded in 2016 by a group of sustainable and organic beginning farmers and allies in Indiana looking for more connection and camaraderie among beginning farmers in our state.  We provide a network where young, beginning, sustainable farmers across Indiana can easily find each other.  Farmer mixers, small scale farm tours, conference scholarships, and policy advocacy on behalf of sustainable and organic agriculture are all ways in which we are building the young and beginning farmer network in our state.  

This screening of the Up Up Farm Film Festival is part of a series of 9 film events that are our way of introducing ourselves to the state. We have received generous funding from Purdue University and SARE (Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education) that make this series possible, and we have partnered with geographically diverse farms and groups to cover as much of the state as possible!

The Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition is a chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition. The NYFC was founded by and for a new generation of farmers in the United States. We work in coalition with farmers, consumers, organizations, and government to tackle the many challenges that young, independent, and sustainable farmers face in their first years operating a farm business.

 

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Sep
28
11:00 AM11:00

Webinar: What Is It Worth If You Stay on the Farm?

The Purdue Women in Agriculture Team periodically offers free educational webinars as an extension of the Women in Agriculture Conference. 

What Is It Worth If You Stay on the Farm?

September 28, 2017 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST (11:00-12:00 Central)

Join John Baker, Iowa State University Beginning Farmer Center, as he discusses the perennial problem in farm business succession planning; determining the value of the contribution of the in-business heir to the wealth of the owners of the business.  All too often the value of the contribution is either ignored or undervalued.  Thus the in-business heir must purchase the value of the wealth created and left in the estate.  This often leads to failure of the business and alienation of the family. 

Registration required.

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Sep
23
9:00 AM09:00

FarmHop: Local Farm Tours

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Join us for the first ever FarmHop on September 23rd, 2017 9am - 4pm (individual tour times may vary slightly).

A huge THANK YOU! to our sponsors for making this event possible: Market WagonSouth Shore Convention & Visitors Authority, Purdue Extension, The Market, Miller Pizza Co., Nature's CupboardOlthof HomesPiazza Produce, & Seven Sons. 💚 (Download sponsorship info or reserve a program ad.)

Choose your FarmHop tour

Choose one of four tours from around the region for an in-depth look into the amazing work that goes on at family farms, community gardens and local food projects in Northwest Indiana. Enjoy the fall foliage and seasonal changes from the view of a local farm. Hop on a bus full of farm enthusiasts and away you go!

 

Tour 1 – Gary departure

Blind Social CenterEagle's Nest Farm (Thea Bowman Academy) Faith Farms ・ Jay-One's Grow Space ・ Peace Garden & Farms ・ Stewart House Urban Farm and Garden

See several thriving urban farms with unique solutions for community food access, a beautiful aquaponics system, a garden for the visually impaired, a school’s vibrant and diverse farm and more!

Tour 1 departs from ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen
Tour 1 lunch prepared by NJOY Eats & Prep


Tour 2 – Valparaiso departure

Howe Farms K & C Bucher Farms・ Three Guys & Some Chicks Farm

Explore a successful, biodynamic hop farm with heritage breed animals, a loving family whose children manage their egg laying operation, and an interesting approach to commercial agriculture that sells nearly all of its products locally.

Tour 2 departs from Valparaiso Market
Tour 2 lunch prepared by Green is Good by Kate


Tour 3 – LaPorte departure

Chellberg FarmDiscovery Charter SchoolPax Center / Jackson Street GardenRainfield Farm

Check out a historic public learning farm, a school where students raise and tend bees, a church that created a food-providing organization to serve the hungry, and an organic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm that grows a variety of vegetables, flowers, and herbs in addition to hens for eggs.

Tour 3 departs from The Pax Center
Tour 3 lunch prepared by South Shore Ovenworks


Tour 4 – Crown Point departure

Acorn Acres FarmPerkins' Good Earth Farm

Check out incredibly diverse organic vegetable farms with year round growing solutions from high tunnels to greenhouse; and wholistic approach to sustainability from composting to heritage breed animals to growing animal feed right on the farm.

Tour 4 departs from Crown Point Farmers' Market
Tour 4 lunch prepared by: Birky's Catering


Tickets

Tickets include lunch and transportation, and are $20 for adults and $10 for kids.  Every adult ticket holder will also receive two added bonuses:

  • A voucher worth $20 redeemable at MarketWagon.com, an online farmers market delivering local food across Northwest Indiana.
  • $10 off a produce box at Nature's Cupboard in Michigan City & Chesterton (bring your FarmHop ticket in for discount). Ordering info: naturescupboardonline.com. All produce is either local or certified organic.

Buy your tickets today to make sure you get a spot on the tour of your choice! 

FarmHop is brought to you by...

A huge THANK YOU! to our sponsors for making this event possible: Market WagonSouth Shore Convention & Visitors Authority, Purdue Extension, The Market, Miller Pizza Co., Nature's CupboardOlthof HomesPiazza Produce, & Seven Sons. 💚 (Download sponsorship info or reserve a program ad.)

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Aug
28
4:30 PM16:30

Keys to Hope Garden Open House

  • 117 East 10th Street Michigan City, IN, 46360 United States (map)
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From garbage dump to food plot!

Learn about the Keys to Hope Garden, and how it has brought hope, food and joy to many in need. The Boys & Girls Club Summer camp children enjoyed the space with a STEM Garden program. Michiana Lions are celebrating this Centennial Service Project with our partners, The Bride Church, First Presbyterian Church of Michigan City, and Keys to Hope Resource Center. We invite you to relax and enjoy in our green space.

Learn more about Keys to Hope and follow Keys to Hope Garden on Facebook!

 

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Aug
15
5:00 PM17:00

Pinney Purdue Vegetable and High Tunnel Field Day

Registration: Visit http://tinyurl.com/yc5lqvez or call 219-386-5232

The Vegetable and High Tunnel Field Day at Pinney Purdue Agricultural Center will feature tours of tomato production in moveable high tunnels, using both conventional and organic management systems.

The event also will include walking tours of sweet corn and pumpkin variety trials, an overview of research findings about the opportunities available through high tunnels, and information about the NRCS EQIP Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative. Attendees will also learn about pollinators; low-cost high tunnel structures for the home gardener; irrigation in high tunnels; and ideas for using fresh produce in meals and snacks.

Dinner and sweet corn variety tasting will follow the tours. Growers who would like to donate corn for tasting may contact Lyndsay Ploehn at 219-465-3555 or lploehn@purdue.edu. Indiana private applicator recertification credits (PARP) are available for a $10 fee. The event is co-sponsored by Purdue and Indiana Universities.

More info at extension.purdue.edu.

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Meet-Up at Shoreline Brewery (Michigan City)
Aug
9
5:00 PM17:00

Meet-Up at Shoreline Brewery (Michigan City)

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Passionate about food and the food industry? Want to get connected with our growing Northwest Indiana food system? Come meet the NWI Food Council team and others with related interests as we continue our new series of casual meet-ups.

For those of you that were at FED: Food Expo & Discussion in March, we've listened to your requests for more events and opportunities to network. Here's your chance to continue the conversations you started there and start new ones. We look forward to seeing you again! For those of you new to the NWI Food Council, come out to a meet-up and introduce yourself!

These meet-ups are an informal opportunity to relax and talk to others interested in eating local, supporting local food businesses and farms, and advocating for our local food systems. This event will be family-friendly, and admission is free.

Members of the NWI Food Council board will also be on hand to answer questions about upcoming events, the goals of the Council, and opportunities to get involved.
 

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Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

Kay's Kinda Cakes: Cake Decorating 101

Kristen Brooks is a self-taught chef and pastry maker, who has been cooking since the age of 4 years old, assisting her grandmothers in the kitchen.  Kirsten is the owner of Kay’s Kinda Cakes and is currently working toward opening her own café Spring 2018.  Participants will learn decorating and creating chocolate covered strawberries, cake pops, pretzels, and cookies for treat boxes.  This yummy session is one you don’t want to miss.

This event is FREE, and open to the public. RSVP STRONGLY ENCOURAGED

Special free events are hosted weekly at ArtHouse to compliment the business and training activity in the facility. Culinary Exploration events are facilitated by local and regional experts, and are free and open to the public. Events are appropriate for novice to expert: growers, food hobbyists, enthusiasts, culinary entrepreneurs, butchers, caterers, bakers, food vendors, chefs and restaurateurs. No experience is necessary to participate in Culinary Exploration events.

More info at ArtHouseGary.com.

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Meet-Up at ArtHouse (Gary)
Jul
18
5:00 PM17:00

Meet-Up at ArtHouse (Gary)

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This event is free, but RSVP required.

Passionate about food and the food industry? Want to get connected with our growing Northwest Indiana food system? Come meet the NWI Food Council team and others with related interests as we continue our new series of casual meet-ups.

For those of you that were at FED: Food Expo & Discussion in March, we've listened to your requests for more events and opportunities to network. Here's your chance to continue the conversations you started there and start new ones. We look forward to seeing you again! For those of you new to the NWI Food Council, come out to a meet-up and introduce yourself!

These meet-ups are an informal opportunity to relax and talk to others interested in eating local, supporting local food businesses and farms, and advocating for our local food systems. This event will be family-friendly, and admission is free.

Members of the NWI Food Council board will also be on hand both evenings to answer questions about upcoming events, the goals of the Council, and opportunities to get involved.


This event is FREE, but space is limited. RSVP is required

Special free events are hosted weekly at ArtHouse to compliment the business and training activity in the facility. Culinary Exploration events are facilitated by local and regional experts, and are free and open to the public. Events are appropriate for novice to expert: growers, food hobbyists, enthusiasts, culinary entrepreneurs, butchers, caterers, bakers, food vendors, chefs and restaurateurs. No experience is necessary to participate in Culinary Exploration events.

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Rockopelli Music Festival 2017
Jul
15
2:00 PM14:00

Rockopelli Music Festival 2017

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A music festival for local charities

Rockopelli Music Festival is a benefit concert in Northwest Indiana that has raised nearly $56,000 for local charities in its five years of operation.  This summer's proceeds will benefit Planting Possibilities, Emma's Footprints and Murph's Gift of Music

The event will feature live music, local arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, and Rockopelli's first ever Byway Brewing Company Beer Garden!

Rockopelli Music Fest 2017 will be held from 2pm to 9pm on Saturday, July 15th at Main Square Park in Highland, Indiana. The concert is free and open to all ages. So come on out and enjoy local bands, local food and now local brews while benefiting local charities! 

Check out our Rockopelli Music Fest 2017 bands! Nomad PlanetsOceans Over AirplanesDirtymacZodiacPresident Hooch and The Jades!

For more info visit www.rockopellifest.com!

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Jul
9
1:00 PM13:00

Organic Gardening Make & Take Workshop

Learn basic organic gardening skills and resources to produce healthy food as well as happy backyard habitats at this workshop merging food production and preparation. Participants will be guided through three recipes to make and take. Please dress in comfortable clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Appropriate for ages 18 years and older. A materials fee of $5.00 is requested.

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Wild Mushroom Certification Course
Jun
24
9:00 AM09:00

Wild Mushroom Certification Course

This course provides a way for individuals, chefs, restaurant owners, and others to get the training necessary to correctly identify the most common species of edible mushrooms in the State of Indiana. Before The Hoosier Mushroom Society began offering these courses, residents of Indiana did not have a way to comply with the state law requiring all mushrooms that are sold to be "individually inspected by a mushroom identification expert." The Hoosier Mushroom Society has worked with the Indiana State Department of Health and Purdue Extension in order to get the ability to offer certifications that will be accepted by the State of Indiana.

For a typical course, only about half of the participants have an interest in selling mushrooms. The other half take the course purely for educational purposes. 

The wild mushroom course is typically 5-6 hours long. The course will cover all of the aspects that are necessary for proper identification for the specific mushrooms the course is about. Each participant will receive a study guide that contains all of the slides, as well as additional information on the topics being presented.

There will be a test at the end of the course to test your knowledge on the topic. There will be the opportunity to retest as needed.

At the end of the course you will receive a wallet card stating that you are a certified expert and what mushrooms you are certified for. Your name will optionally be put into a publicly accessible database of individuals who are certified to sell wild mushrooms in the state.

Register online.

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Jun
22
11:00 AM11:00

Webinar: Indiana Grown

The Purdue Women in Agriculture Team periodically offers free educational webinars as an extension of the Women in Agriculture Conference. 

Indiana Grown

June 22, 2017 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST (11:00-12:00 Central)

Join Suzi Spahr, Program Manager - Indiana Grown, as she discusses how the Indiana Grown program has helped market and promote Hoosier produce and products throughout the state and how it can provide new ideas for marketing and promoting your farm and business. 

Registration required.
 

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Meet-Up at Figure 8 Brewing (Valparaiso)
May
18
5:00 PM17:00

Meet-Up at Figure 8 Brewing (Valparaiso)

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Passionate about food and the food industry? Want to get connected with our growing Northwest Indiana food system? Come meet the NWI Food Council team and others with related interests for our first in a series of casual meet-ups.

For those of you that were at FED: Food Expo & Discussion in March, we've listened to your requests for more events and opportunities to network. Here's your chance to continue the conversations you started there and start new ones. We look forward to seeing you again! For those of you new to the NWI Food Council, come out to a meet-up and introduce yourself!

For the month of May, we will be facilitating two meet-ups. Choose the one that is closest, on the most convenient day, or come to both!

Wednesday, May 10th, 5-7pm
Byway Brewing, 2825 Carlson Dr, Hammond
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Thursday, May 18th, 5-7pm
Figure 8 Brewing, 150 South Washington St., Valparaiso
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These meet-ups are an informal opportunity to relax, enjoy some local beer, and talk to others interested in eating local, supporting local food businesses and farms, and advocating for our local food systems. Both events will be family-friendly, and admission is free.

Members of the NWI Food Council board will also be on hand both evenings to answer questions about upcoming events, the goals of the Council, and opportunities to get involved.

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Meet-Up at Byway Brewing (Hammond)
May
10
5:00 PM17:00

Meet-Up at Byway Brewing (Hammond)

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Passionate about food and the food industry? Want to get connected with our growing Northwest Indiana food system? Come meet the NWI Food Council team and others with related interests for our first in a series of casual meet-ups.

For those of you that were at FED: Food Expo & Discussion in March, we've listened to your requests for more events and opportunities to network. Here's your chance to continue the conversations you started there and start new ones. We look forward to seeing you again! For those of you new to the NWI Food Council, come out to a meet-up and introduce yourself!

For the month of May, we will be facilitating two meet-ups. Choose the one that is closest, on the most convenient day, or come to both!

Wednesday, May 10th, 5-7pm
Byway Brewing, 2825 Carlson Dr, Hammond
Join the Facebook event ⇾

Thursday, May 18th, 5-7pm
Figure 8 Brewing, 150 South Washington St., Valparaiso
Join the Facebook event ⇾

These meet-ups are an informal opportunity to relax, enjoy some local beer, and talk to others interested in eating local, supporting local food businesses and farms, and advocating for our local food systems. Both events will be family-friendly, and admission is free.

Members of the NWI Food Council board will also be on hand both evenings to answer questions about upcoming events, the goals of the Council, and opportunities to get involved.

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Apr
17
10:30 AM10:30

Local Food Lunch Bytes

Join the Purdue Extension online for a 30-minute lunchtime learning session at 11:30am Central (12:30pm Eastern) every month. These webinars are designed to keep you connected to others in our Indiana food system.

April topic: Roy Ballard: FoodLink and its use in Indiana

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Mar
20
10:30 AM10:30

Local Food Lunch Bytes

Join the Purdue Extension online for a 30-minute lunchtime learning session at 11:30am Central (12:30pm Eastern) every month. These webinars are designed to keep you connected to others in our Indiana food system.

March topic: Deb Trocha: Cooperative Business Models

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Mar
18
1:00 PM13:00

Fruit Tree Pruning and Grafting Workshop

Learn the art and science of grafting, and get ready for spring, at this half-day workshop. Working in partnership with the National Park Service and US Forest Service, you’ll graft scion wood to rootstock and plant grafted trees in pots to enhance fruit orchards at Chellberg Farm and Dunes Learning Center. Each participant will take home 2–3 of the trees they graft, plus a grafting knife.

Tuition: $35 includes all supplies and tools

Register online.

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FED: Food Expo & Discussion
Mar
8
8:00 AM08:00

FED: Food Expo & Discussion

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Join us on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 for a daylong event exploring food topics, made possible by a grant from Legacy Foundation.  FED is open to all — whether you eat food, play a role in the food system, or have a passion for food issues! Come for any part of the day. 

Check out our speaker bios!

  • 8:00am PRODUCER/BUYER SPEED NETWORKING (advance registration requested)
  • 8:30am Registration
  • 9:30am Welcome & KEYNOTE - We are honored to have Sara Stewart of The Unity Gardens as our Keynote Speaker.
  • 10:30am PANEL DISCUSSIONS - Topics for consumers, food producers, and community organizers will include:
    • Urban Farming & Community Gardens
      Featuring Alma White (Stewart House), Pastor Curtis Whittaker (Faith Farms), Dominique Edwards (Urban Farming Advocate), Pastor Marty Henderson (Peace Garden & Farms) • Come to be inspired by this diverse group of panelists representing various grassroots urban farming initiatives. Gary, Indiana is home to several established and burgeoning urban farms with exciting business potential and youth engagement initiatives.
    • Aquaponics & Hydroponics
      Featuring Jennifer Shelhart, Kimberly Newhard, & Rob Walker • The symbiotic nature of aquaponics is mesmerizing! From home scale to commercial scale, aquaponics is an exciting new way to grow food, save energy and generate income – all without huge capital investments or space needed!
    • Sustainable Nutrition
      Featuring Allyson Straka (Frozen Garden), Damien Appel (Native Roots Farm), Suezanna Haywood, & Virginia Pleasant • Our panel of experts will address the struggles of small farms and food consumers, and shed light on the incredible nuances of locally grown nutrients. From the soil to your fork, come and learn what folks are doing to ensure that locally grown food is not only healthy and nutritious, but also sustainable and affordable.
    • Community Project Design
      Featuring Elias Crim (C-Lab), Sara Stewart (Unity Gardens), & Pastor Nate Loucks (The Pax Center) • Do you have an idea about how to solve a problem in your neighborhood or community? Are you ready to roll up your sleeves to encourage a vibrant, local food economy? Join this session for steps and tips for community groups, non-profits, and individuals who want to start a community project. Leave with resources, support, and inspiration so you can forge ahead with new food projects in 2017!
  • 12:30pm LOCAL FOOD LUNCH - Included in ticket price.
    • Lemon Herb Gunthorp Chicken Breast with Gotham Greens Basil (GF)
    • Baked Rice with Husk Butternut Squash, Local Parmesan Cheese and Butler Wine (V & GF)
    • Sauteed Husk Green Beans and Local Shiitake Mushrooms in Pasture's Delights Butter (V & GF)   
    • Fresh Gotham Greens Salad with Goat Cheese Feta, Strawberries and Walnuts, drizzle with Trader's Point Yogurt and Acorn Acres Honey dressing(V & GF)  
  • 1:00pm OPEN MIC - Share your ideas! Plus, participate in our collaborative wall piece envisioning the future of food in Northwest Indiana, and enjoy these micro-workshops on the Open Mic stage:
    • Wild Edibles (Kathy Sipple, CoThrive Time Bank)
    • Fermentation (Chef Pat Niebling, 3Floyds)
    • Growing Ginger (Liz Aquino, Lane’s End Farm)
    • Revitalizing our Communities with Urban Agriculture (Dominique Edwards, NWI Food Council)
    • Composting (Rudy & Barbara Kunshek, Porter County Master Recyclers & Composters)
  • 2:30pm EXPO - Discover local food producers, food-based businesses, non-profits, and other businesses and organizations, including: Alive and Well Health and Wellness • Anna’s Small Batch Kombucha • Cherry Stop • CoThrive Time Bank • Fairstream Farms • Frozen Garden • Hansings Eggs • Indiana Grown • Indiana Healthy Food Access Coalition • JJ Cattle • JT Shrimp • KOYAH • La Porte Farmers Market • Lakeside Lavender • Nature’s Cupboard • Prairie Mills Products • Purdue Extension • Richert/Phillips Farms • South Bend Farmers Market • Sprigati gourmet tomato sauce • Sundance Botanicals
  • 3:30pm COCKTAILS & CONNECTIONS - Expo continues and cash bar available.

This collaborative event will be focused on cultivating connections across Northwest Indiana. Let's get to know one another, learn together, and brainstorm ways to work together. Everyone who wants to participate is welcome. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Please email us to request a scholarship ticket. 

Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash, or purchased online in advance. Reserve yours today!

Thank you!

The following organizations support grassroots action to build a just, sustainable, and thriving locally-oriented food system for all in Northwest Indiana. Please join us in giving a tremendous thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible! 

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We’re also grateful to have a passionate, hardworking group of volunteers pitch in and bring FED to life alongside the Council board. Current volunteers include folks from CoThrive Time Bank, County Line Orchard, Home Team of LaPorte County, The Pax Center, and Purdue Extension, along with additional community members. Our all-volunteer team has already invested over 200 hours in this event!

Thank you to the 173 Northwest Indiana residents who took the time to complete our event planning survey last fall for the Food Summit!  Your input helped us plan this event, and FED is the new name for the NWI Food Summit.

Expo Space

The Expo runs from 2:30 - 5:30pm. Exhibit space is intended for food producers, community groups, food businesses, and anyone who provides services or goods to local growers or consumers. Table space is $50 and includes general admission for one. Reserve your space using the ticket form.   

  • Each vendor is asked to donate one raffle item ($25 value).
  • An 8-foot table will be provided. No electricity will be available.  
  • Expo fee includes general admission access to the full event for one person, and lunch for one person. Please purchase additional general admission tickets for additional representatives of your organization.  
  • Vendor setup for the Expo will take place from 12:30pm - 2:15pm, and the Expo will run from 2:30pm - 6:00pm (overlapping with Cocktail Hour).

More

Join the Facebook event for updates, or sign up for email. Spread the word with #FEDNWI.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, and start at $80. Download sponsorship information (PDF) and reserve your spot now for maximum visibility!

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Indiana Small Farms Conference
Mar
2
to Mar 4

Indiana Small Farms Conference

  • Hendricks Co 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex (map)
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Registration is open for the 5th Annual Indiana Small Farm Conference scheduled for March 2-4, 2017 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex, Danville, Indiana.

Deep dive into a full day workshop on Thursday, March 2:

  • Hops Production in Indiana
  • Beginning Farmer Workshop: Starting a Small Farm in Indiana
  • On-Farm Food Safety for Fruit and Vegetable Growers (Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training)
  • Indianapolis Urban Agriculture Tour.

On Friday and Saturday, the conference features concurrent sessions on topics ranging from vegetable and livestock production to farm management and marketing.  The trade show is open Friday and Saturday for you to network and interact with farm supply and services businesses, non-profit organizations, state agencies, and more. Sit down with experts during consulting corner sessions, check out a trade show demonstration, and catch a screening of The Market Gardener’s Toolkit.

The Friday keynote speaker is Eliot Coleman, farmer at Four Season Farm and author of The New Organic Grower, Four Season Harvest, and The Winter Harvest Handbook.  Eliot has more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of organic farming, including field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of cattle and sheep, and range poultry.

On Saturday, the keynote speaker is Blaine Hitzfield, farmer at Seven Sons Family Farms.  Blaine is the second son in the family farm operation and manages the marketing and distribution of their farm products.  He will discuss the family and operations team for the farm and how they have been successful at direct sales and regional distribution.

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Feb
28
5:00 PM17:00

Legal Ingredients: What every new business owner should know

Legal Ingredients: What every new business owner should know is hosted by John Campbell ESQ., Board Director for SPACE Fund NFP and principal of the law firm Schenk Annes Tepper Campbell Ltd.  Learners will explore key strategies for engaging and employing an attorney in their food business.  In this workshop, learners will review contractual relationships for business owners, common liability/assets protection, and ways to protect intellectual property. 

This workshop is FREE, but space is limited.  RSVP is encouraged.

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Feb
20
10:30 AM10:30

Local Food Lunch Bytes

Join the Purdue Extension online for a 30-minute lunchtime learning session at 11:30am Central (12:30pm Eastern) every month. These webinars are designed to keep you connected to others in our Indiana food system.

February topic: Ginny Roberts, John Orick: School Gardens and Master Gardeners

 

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Jan
28
7:00 AM07:00

14th Annual Gardening Show

Highlights of the 2017 Gardening Show include:

  • A Seed & Bulb Exchange - quite possibly the largest on-site event of its type in the country. Your $10 paid admission (cash or check) includes free Seed & Bulb Exchange tickets. This year our goal is to have an inventory of 10,000 packets of seed and an assortment of approximately 2,000 bulbs. So many choices!
  • Presentations by national, regional and local gardening speakers
  • Demonstrations - hands on "how to" topics on basic gardening skills
  • The Happening Place in Building 3 where there's lots of things TO DO!
  • More than 125 exhibitors and vendors of products and services for and about gardens and gardening
  • Garden photography contest
  • Gently used gardening magazines sale–bargains begin at $0.25 each
  • Gently used gardening tools sale at the Garden Shed
  • Children's Corner educational activities
  • Catered dining service
  • 50/50 raffle and the chance to win door prizes
  • Discounted hotel rate for overnight guests

The Annual Gardening Show is sponsored by Purdue Extension - Porter County and its Porter County Master Gardeners Association, and generously supported by Northwest Indiana Clean Air.

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Jan
19
5:00 PM17:00

Food + Justice

FOOD + JUSTICE session hosted by Arleen Peterson, ArtHouse staffer. Before joining ArtHouse, Ms. Peterson previously led the Food Bank of NWI and currently is a founding board member of the NWI Food Council.  Peterson is an Alumnae of the Aspen Institute Roundtable of Community Change for Racial Equity.  In this workshop, learners will gain an understanding of structural racism and its policies/practices.  We’ll discuss institutional practices in racism and how they have impacted food deserts and food oasis.  This interactive session will examine the impacts of structural racism in the learner’s life and the community.  Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, learners should be open-minded regarding unpacking their own racial bias.

This workshop is FREE, but space is limited. RSVP is encouraged.

Special free food events are hosted weekly at ArtHouse to compliment the business and training activity in the facility. Culinary Exploration events are facilitated by local and regional experts, and are free and open to the public. Events are appropriate for novice to expert: growers, food hobbyists, enthusiasts, culinary entrepreneurs, butchers, caterers, bakers, food vendors, chefs and restaurateurs. No experience is necessary to participate in Culinary Exploration events.

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