Indiana Dunes Tourism grant awarded to Council

This February, the NWI Food Council became a proud recipient of the Indiana Dunes Tourism grant. Indiana Dunes Tourism contributes over $34,000 in grants each year to local organizations in an effort to bring more visitors into Porter County.

We feel honored and grateful to receive this support, and we look forward to putting it toward bettering the NWI community!

Click here to learn more about Indiana Dunes Tourism and its annual grant program.


Council members invited to be panelists on food access

Board members Dominique Edwards and Anne Massie spoke today about their experiences addressing food access in NWI at the Michigan City Healthy Food Access Town Hall.  The Indiana Healthy Food Access Coalition, Purdue Extension and Community Advocacy of Northern Indiana hosted a discussion about food access in Michigan City and surrounding areas. Nearly 30 members of the community attended the conversation and engaged in open dialogue between attendees and panelists. 

Johnson's Strawberry Farm Tour with the Blueberry Growers of IN

photos ©2017 Sarah Highlen

Thank you to the Blueberry Growers of Indiana for inviting us to join their group for a tour at Johnson's Farm Produce

The Johnson family has been growing food for the region for 75 years! How cool is that? It all started in 1940, when Ethel Johnson began selling extra tomatoes from her garden. Soon, Ethel, her husband Clark, and their son Rod saw the little business grow, and converted an old barn to use as a market. Unlike many farmstands, Johnson's still grows almost everything they sell — a true local food tradition in Northwest Indiana!  🍓  

You'll even find farm-to-table baked goods next door at Marilyn's Bakery, launched in 1986 by Marilyn (Johnson) Pearson. They prepare fresh food and baked goods daily, including strawberry whipped pies made with strawberries harvested fresh from Johnson's.

Thank you for joining our first round of Meet-Ups!


Based on popular request from FED attendees, we kicked off a new series of meet-up events!

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. These events are family-friendly, with free admission, and all are welcome! Keep an eye on our event calendar for future dates and locations.

Coming soon to a spot near you!

The first two events took place in Hammond and Valparaiso in May, and we look forward to scheduling more meet-ups across the region this summer and fall. Want to plan a meet-up in your neighborhood? Let us know!