…these are all strategies for localizing our food systems, which means creating access to healthy, locally grown food in a way that makes us less dependent on external markets and more connected to each other. In a Farm State that still imports 90 percent of the food we consume, local food represents a tremendous opportunity to improve the health of our communities, our economy, and our soil.
The Michiana region has a rich agrarian heritage to draw from as we rebuild the local infrastructure to connect our local farmers to our tables. Groups and individuals throughout the region are working particularly hard to promote food security and develop alternative markets. We invite you to join us as we connect these parties and explore opportunities to collaborate on a regional scale.
All events are free and open to the public
RSVP’s welcome but not required
|Purple Porch Co-op and Growing Power||Langlab Building|
|Wednesday, September 12, 6:30pm||1302 High Street, South Bend IN|
|Drop in (before 7PM) for an introduction to the Purple Porch Co-op and their unique system for distributing local food. Then learn about the trip made by the West Side Food Security Coalition and the Unity Gardens to Growing Power in Milwaukee to visit their premier urban agriculture center (for which founder Will Allen received the McArthur Genius Award). Bring a light dish to share (optional), and enjoy pictures and hear lessons learned from the tour group.|
|Rise Up Farms and Elkhart Local Food Alliance Tours||Rise Up Farms|
|Saturday, September 15, 10:30am||22600 State Road 120, Elkhart IN|
|Explore two closely linked local food operations in Elkhart, beginning at Rise Up Farms. You can start the day at 9:30 with yoga, or show up by 10:30 to tour their grounds and operations. From the farm, we’ll head into downtown Elkhart to visit some of the community gardens assisted by the Elkhart Local Food Alliance.|
|Goshen Farmer’s Market Tours and Talks||Goshen Public Library|
|Tuesday, September 18, 5:30pm||212 W. Washington St, Goshen IN|
|Come see and hear how the Goshen Farmer’s Market is finding creative ways to connect local growers and consumers. We’ll meet at the Market (before it closes at 6pm), purchase dinner at Rachel’s Bread, speak with Market representatives, and discuss how Transition Goshen is working with local and regional groups to address food security issues, promote eating locally, and build a healthier foodshed.|