The 2018 Meet-ups with the NWI Food Council have been attended by over 50 individuals looking to make connections around local food topics and projects. We held meet-ups at Sojourner Truth House in Gary, Fenwick Farms Brewing in Rensselaer, Tiger Lily Cafe in Chesterton, and Mrs. Dorngberg’s Culinary Experience in Highland. We hope to see you are our last meet-up of the year on November 15th, from 5:30-7:30 PM at 10-56 Brewing Company in Knox, IN!
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.
We had a lot of fun connecting with folks over a community meal prepared with local ingredients. Local ingredients for the Pax Center's community meal were donated in part by the NWI Food Council and sourced from Rainfield Farm, Fairstream Farms and Acorn Acres Farm. The Pax Center is a place where individuals & families dealing with difficult life circumstances can be assisted through the food pantry, community meal & resource center.
The Pax Center team made a delicious meal of...
🥕Szechwan Carrot and Butternut Squash Soup
# Beef Broccoli
🍗Sweet and Sour Chicken
🍚White or Brown Rice
🥗Fresh Salad with a Ginger Dressing
The Pax Center is dedicated to ending food insecurity in the LaPorte community. Thank you to everyone who came out to network and learn about ongoing projects and interests surrounding local food in NWI.
Each year, Purdue Extension, along with many partnering organizations, hosts the annual Indiana Local Food Summit. This event provides 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. We spent an entire day in professional development training with Marke Winne, author of Stand Together or Starve Alone. NWI Food Council Board member and founder of Peace Baptist Garden & Farms, Pastor Marty Henderson, was featured on the Keynote panel discussion food justice in Indiana. It was a an empowering two days of making connections and strengthening our statewide network!
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!
Over 150 community members, farmers, business owners, and non-profit representatives came together for our first-ever FED: Food Expo & Discussion earlier this month. The day-long event included producer/buyer speed networking, panel discussions, local food lunch, open mic, and an expo. Guests told us that their energy for local food system work had been renewed; non-profits gained new volunteers and connections; local suppliers and buyers created new relationships; and lots of valuable connections were made.
We'll always remember our first FED as being the one in which the power went out for a couple hours, leaving guests shivering and the kitchen crew without power. We toughed it out with fresh hot coffee (delivered), and the amazing kitchen team from The Pax Center prepared lunch by candlelight.
Special thanks to Nico Martinez for taking most of these photos (all the great ones)!
We'd like to offer a sincere thank-you to our sponsors for making this event possible!
- Legacy Foundation - Partner Sponsor
- Nature's Cupboard - Presenting Sponsor
- County Line Orchard - Venue Sponsor
- Purdue Extension - Communications Sponsor
- The Pax Center - Lunch Sponsor
- Mrs. Dornberg's Culinary Experience - Eco Sponsor
- Indiana Grown - Speed Networking Sponsor
- Valpo Velvet - Sweet Sponsor
- Grapevine Local Food Marketing - Local Ingredient Sponsor
- Alive & Well - Local Ingredient Sponsor
- Coffee Creek Farmers Market - Local Ingredient Sponsor
- Creative Solutionz - In-kind Sponsor
- The Wright Baker - In-kind Sponsor
- Gotham Greens - In-kind Sponsor
- Harvest Circle Workshop - In-kind Sponsor
- Edible Michiana - Supporting Sponsor
- La Porte Farmers' Market - Cocktail Hour Sponsor
- Capricorn Foods - Cocktail Hour Sponsor
More About FED 2017
- See the FED Agenda and Speakers.
- The Times: Food Expo helps to 'cultivate connections' in Northwest Indiana
- Post-Tribune: Expo presents range of food topics
- See more photos on Facebook
Don't miss the next one!
We're seeking volunteers to join our team. Please spread the word!
Right now, we're working on:
- Our regional event, NWI FED, to take place March 8, 2017.
- Applying for grants.
- Building food entrepreneur support.
- Creating a program for youth education.
If any of that sounds interesting, send us a message. We look forward to hearing from you!
We spent the day at the 2016 Indiana Local Food Summit in Indianapolis, where our Anne McShane-Massie presented to other food councils about our board/volunteer login website and related tools. We spent the day learning, networking, and of course eating amazing local food!