Purdue Extension will have meetings throughout Indiana for specialty crop producers, wholesalers and community leaders to help the Indiana State Department of Agriculture assess the potential for a state network of regional food hubs.
Sessions include a meeting in Columbus from 10:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 4 at the Purdue Extension Bartholomew County Office, 1971 State St.
The Columbus session is one of nine around the state through Sept. 9. The sessions will explore whether there is a need for more marketing of locally-grown specialty crops to make them available to consumers by adding a distribution system of food hubs.
Food hubs enable a grower and buyer to connect through a food chain from farm to customer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines specialty crops as fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops.