We’ve announced our Dig IN Speaker Series Schedule. Check the times and talks below so you grab some tastings and pull up a chair to here some interesting words!


Dig IN Speaker Series Schedule
Time Topic Speaker Info
12:30 An Overview of the Farm Bill: The food landscape in Indiana Falon French – Outreach Associate and Policy Researcher – Hoosier Environmental Council The federal farm bill affects food markets and agriculture in Indiana. Falon will discuss the impact and what you can do to promote local food and conservation.
1:00 Behind the scenes with Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest Author David Hoppe and photographer Kristin Hess Hear stories about the Hoosiers met along the way to creating Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest— a new book by Indiana Humanities.
1:45 The Food Hub: Connecting Farmers and Consumers of Central Indiana Roy Ballard – Purdue Extension Educator – Agriculture and Natural Resources – Hancock County If Hoosiers spent 10 percent of food dollars ($6.67/week) on locally grown foods it would have an $800 million impact per year! Roy will explain how a Food Hub impacts healthy / fresh / safe and local food.
2:15 Garden on the Go: Fresh Deliveries to Indy's Food Deserts Lincoln Saunders – Director – Garden on the Go Garden on the Go brings fresh & affordable fruits and vegetables to areas of need in Marion County. It is the fastest growing mobile produce program in the country.
2:45 What is Slow Food Indy and the Snail of Approval? Thom England – Culinary Instructor at Ivy Tech Community College – Indianapolis / Mark Cox – Fermenti Artisan / Natural Certified Healing Foods Specialist Leah Marckel – Snail of Approval Committee Member / Rob Gaston – Slow Food Indy Vice President & President-Elect A fast-paced introduction to The Snail— a new program of Slow Food Indy that recognizes chefs/restaurants leading the way toward sustainably produced food in Indiana.
3:30 Indy Needs More Bees: Why you should become an urban beekeeper Kate Franzman – Founder – Bee Public Bees are disappearing from rural areas and flourishing in urban environments. Learn how urban beekeeping might play a role in revitalizing a city and a species.
4:15 Rich Heritage Local Tradition: The Indiana Wine Industry Mark Easley – second-generation owner of Easley Winery & Jeanette Merritt – Marketing Specialist – Indiana Wine Grape Council Nearly 60 Indiana wineries attract two million visitors annually and contribute $33 million to the state�s economy. Learn the history and toast to national growth.