updated: 6/27/2008 11:57:24 AM
The Indiana Cooperative Development Center (ICDC) has received a $250,000 grant to support the Regional Sustainable Food Initiative. Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman recently awarded the grant. She says such projects contribute to rural economies in the state. The initiative will develop and implement a model to coordinate the production, processing, distribution and sale of locally grown food.
Source: Inside INdiana Business
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman recently awarded the Indiana Cooperative Development Center (ICDC) a $250,000 grant to support the Regional Sustainable Food Initiative. This project will develop and implement a model to coordinate the production, processing, distribution, and sale of locally grown food. Partners include the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Indiana Cooperative Development Center, USDA – Rural Development, Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana State Department of Agriculture, and Purdue Extension New Ventures Team.
“Projects like the Regional Sustainable Food Initiative contribute to our rural economies,” said Lt. Governor Skillman. “Governor Daniels and I are proud to support initiatives that stimulate local economic growth and promote our existing resources.”
In recent years, demand has increased for locally-grown food, due to issues of safety, freshness, and health. Concerns about the environmental and economic impacts of transporting food have also contributed to this demand. The Regional Sustainable Food Initiative will serve as a fresh food source for consumers, while supporting local economic revitalization.
Goals of the project include development of institutional and local networks for distributing food and creation of a model that can be replicated and economically self-sustaining. The Indiana Cooperative Development Center will evaluate and choose up to two regional sites to implement the project.
Source: The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs