Extension agents in three Central Indiana counties are hosting public meetings to gauge interest in creating a food hub with farmers and other interested parties in the area. The food hub would act as an aggregation point for smaller farmers to gather and market their products.
Hancock County Extension educator Roy Ballard says the hub could be for wholesale distribution or could look more like a farmer‘s market. Ballard says the meetings will help them figure out what kind of food hub could benefit local residents.
“We’re just trying to open our doors and open our ears, and make sure we listen to everybody’s needs and wants and try and find the best system if there is one that will fit the needs of everyone we’re trying to serve,” he says.
The Hancock County Extension office in Greenfield will host a meeting tonight at 6 p.m. and the Henry county office in New Castle will host a meeting Thursday.