My Local Indiana challenges Hoosiers to eat and shop locally
A new initiative of the Indiana Cooperative Development Center, called My Local Indiana, asks Hoosiers to pledge 10 percent of their annual food dollar to supporting local farms and growers.
If every Indiana family took this pledge, more than $1.7 billion currently going out of state would stay in Indiana to support and grow Indiana farms, businesses and rural communities, according to the IDCD. For most people, 10 percent of their annual food dollar amounts to $7 per week; for an average family, it amounts to $689 per year.
There are many ways to buy local, the cooperative development center said: shopping at farmers’ markets or roadside farm stands, becoming involved in Community Supported Agriculture, or simply patronizing grocery stores which buy products from local farmers, are all ways to keep more money in Indiana and support local agriculture.
Visit mylocalindiana.com to find resources for shopping and eating locally in your community and to pledge your household’s support.