Food hub concept gains ground with 2nd grant

GREENFIELD — Emboldened by a second grant, organizers are moving forward with plans for a central Indiana food hub, which could start as an online portal as early as next spring.

The committee studying the concept has been awarded a second USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, this time for $37,000, to help cover start-up costs associated with getting a virtual food hub off the ground.

Now, all organizers need is producers to supply it. Oh, and maybe a market to sell to.

Hancock County’s Purdue Extension office will play host to an informational meeting next month to get feedback from central Indiana produce growers. Roy Ballard, extension educator and project leader, said he’s not quite ready to start signing up farmers, but instead wants feedback from the hub’s potential suppliers.

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