Purdue Extension is wrapping up a series of local food summits with an event Tuesday morning in Lafayette. Local Foods Coordinator Jodee Ellett says the event will connect local food producers and consumers and focus on ways to support the growing farm-to-fork movement in Indiana. The organization says local food sales in Indiana have more than doubled over the past 20 years.
The summit, sponsored by the Purdue Extension Local Food Program and Tippecanoe County Extension office, runs 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation building in Lafayette. Ellett says the event will feature updates on local food initiatives including food systems, food hubs and food councils.
The Lafayette summit is the last in a series throughout the state. Previous events took place in Columbus, Seymour, Fort Wayne and Princeton.
In a release from Purdue, Ellett said, "Hoosiers are looking for local food at their grocery store, on the restaurant menu and in our schools. Communities, individuals, leaders and entrepreneurs are responding with a range of local food initiatives that meet the strong demand."
Ellett says she hopes to hold a statewide local food summit this fall.
Ellett says she would like to organize a statewide summit.