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Why We Matter
Connecting Local Food Supporters
Providing Local Food Guides
All Around Town
We’re Active in the Community
For the 2014 Earth Day we handed out over 2,000 local food guides at the Earth Day Indiana event. Our presence helps raise awareness about access to local, organic and sustainable food in Indianapolis. We connect consumers to farmers, farmers to restaurants, restaurants to vendors and then lay it all out in our guide. Which is FREE.
- Food Guide Distribution 90%
Indy Local Food Guide: Get it in Print or View it Online.
Thanks to the unbelievable work of committed volunteers we are able to make the guide available in print and online.
Find it on our map.
Get connected with fresh local food, the farmers who grow it, and the markets, grocers, and Restaurants committed to using locally grown products.
Every time you purchase food, you make a choice that’s more important
than just what’s for dinner.
Locally grown food tastes better.
Several studies have shown that the average distance food travels from farm to
plate is 1,500 miles. Local food was probably picked within the past day or two.
local produce is better for you.
Produce loses nutrients during the time from farm to table. Organic growing
practices encourage farmers to focus more on nutrient density than shippability.
Local food supports local farm families.
Local farmers who sell directly to customers get full retail price for their food. At
a typical supermarket, farmers now get less than 10 cents of the retail food dollar.
Our agricultural landscape will survive only as long as farms are financially viable.
Local food supports a clean environment and benefits wildlife.
A farm focused on soil quality benefits more than just the end product. When
supporting local, you are supporting good stewards of land, who value fertile soil and
clean water. In addition, the habitat of the farm is the perfect environment for wildlife.
- Eat low on the food and marketing chain – shop from the store’s perimeter.
- Stick with organic or sustainably-grown produce when possible. A study found that children who ate only organic produce had one-sixth the level of pesticides in their bodies of those who ate conventionally grown fruits and vegetables.
- East local – most food travels 1,500 miles on average.
- Try a farmers market or CSA (weekly box subscription program).
- Eat at restaurants that support local growers (see our Local Food Guide).
- Shop at store that procure from local and organic growers and if your store, doesn’t, ask the produce manager to stock such items.
- Grow your own community garden or in your own yard. A 15 x 15 ft. plot can grow $600 worth of food on an annual basis.
- Get in the kitchen! Plan and cook meals with your family and friends.
- Join Food Coalition of Central Indiana.
- Vote with your fork in the voting booth and with your dollars every day.