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News, Announcements & Meeting Minutes    
July 5, 2011

Dear HHC members and interested parties,  

What a busy year we are having.  Sorry for the delay in getting information out.

I understand everyone is very busy, that is why we are trying to combine meetings, as we also value your time.  We hope that you can attend our meeting tomorrow night at 6 pm, at the Extension office.  We will be in the smaller conference room, as people want to you can move to the Local Food Hub meeting in our normal meeting room.  Information about food hub meeting is below.

Agenda for our meeting:
  • Booth participation:
    • Hancock County Fair  - volunteers needed
      • Donations for drawing appreciated.
      • Survey questions - may have more ideas after food hub meeting.
    • State Fair Booth - volunteers needed to cover busy times to share information and pass out Directories.
  • Welcome new members - Hanover Mill just joined, more information on them in the newsletter I hope to get out later today or tomorrow.
  • Root Beginnings Local Market - Ashley Root and her husband are opening this store in Greenfield. They are looking for local products.  Please contact them regarding items you may be able to supply for their store - they need your wholesale pricing.  Email them at 


Barb Smith, BFBL Contact & Editor
In This Issue
Food Hub Meeting Info
June Meeting Minutes
Membership Benefits
Meeting Calendar
Mission Statement
Vision & Values
Food Hub Meeting - July 6

Farmers who what to diversify the crops they offer and sell to larger wholesale and institutional accounts are today all but shut out of those markets due to regulations and industry consolidation.


Shoppers who want to support local farmers and buy the freshest local products from farmers they know and trust have the limited options of roadside markets, CSAs or weekly community Farmers' markets.


A food "hub"...a term now unfamiliar to most...has the possibility of resolving some of these issues while potentially providing economic development opportunities for Hancock and surrounding counties of the region.


By definition, a food hub is a centrally located facility with a business management structure facilitating the aggregation, storage, processing, distribution, and/or marketing of locally/regionally produced food products.


They can provide wider access to institutional and retail markets for small to mid-sized producers, and increasing access of fresh healthy food for consumers, including underserved areas and food deserts.


Food hubs are really about providing adequate infrastructure to allow individual farmers to successfully market and distribute their farm products into today's centralized marketplace. That may be one reason to consider the establishment of a food hub in Hancock County.


On July 6,2011 at 6:30 pm the Purdue Extension Office of Hancock County will host a rebroadcast of a recent webinar of The Good Food Network for those who would like to learn more and perhaps consider whether or not this concept might be possible and have nutritional, social and economic benefits for us right here in Hancock County.


There are many successful examples of food hubs across the country-some serving a few farmers with a few hundred thousand dollars in gross sales...some serving many farmers with millions of dollars in gross sales.

This upcoming webinar provides a clear illustration of the variety of models that exist, the outcomes they offer, and a sense of their viability, focusing on key elements of successful food hubs. It weaves together the experiences of two very different innovative hubs with the draft results of the first comprehensive US food hub study to tell this exciting story of how food hubs are a lynchpin in a regional food system.


Presenters include James Barham, USDA AMS , John Fisk, Wallace Center at Winrock International, Kate Collier, Local Food Hub, Virginia and Dan Carmody, Eastern Market, Detroit.


At 8:00 the recorded presentation will end and local participants will have the opportunity to "meet" Jim Barham an Agricultural Economist for the Marketing Services Division of USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service in a live webinar discussion and have the opportunity to ask questions about the recent finding of the ongoing study about food hubs or about the realities of how a community can develop and fund such a facility over the long haul.


Additionally, Marty Gerencer of the Wallace Center, the lead coordinator of the National Good Food Network, will be on hand toprovide herperspective and also talk about the National Good Food Network and the resources they offer.  


This program is free and open to anyone with an interest in finding ways to provide the highest quality of food to their families while growing our local economy and perhaps increasing employment in food related enterprises.


If you are interested in attending please preregister (no charge) by calling the Purdue Extension office in Hancock County or by e-mail to


The program will only be held if there is sufficient interest expressed through preregistration by July 5, 2011.


The Hancock County Extension office is located at 802 North Apple Street in Greenfield, Indiana...Just north of the County fairgrounds.


As posted by Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, on April 19, 2011 USDA BlogFood Hubs: Creating Opportunities for Producers Across the Nation, "In short, food hubs are not a flash in the pan.  They are incredibly innovative business models specifically addressing some of our producers' most overwhelming challenges."

June 2011 Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes for HHC Regular Meeting held June 6, 2011 at Tuttle Orchard.


Attendance:  Barb and Earl Smith, Rex Zenor, Bill and Linda King, Ruth Ann Roney, Tom Roney, Mike Roney, Edna Yeager, Roy Ballard.


The meeting was called to order at 7:02pm by Earl Smith.


The secretary and treasurer's reports were delayed because of small attendance.


Need to begin working on grants; need to get people involved; Roy will help draft grant.


Need to man booth at Hancock County Fair; July 9 - 16; open 4pm to 10pm; do survey; pass out directories.


State Fair booth in August needs to be manned on high traffic days.


Barb and Roy reported on the SARE group meeting; HHC grant, SARE was appreciative of  how we spent money; shared information; wanted ideas to improve SARE; grants now available for:  $7500 for one person, $15,000 for two person group, $22,500 for three person group.


Update on Legacy slide; Eric has created a new slide; paid for through end of year; Piney Acres may use September, October, November, December; do we want to do again next year?


Roy reported on State Farmers' Market, Tourism; web site not finished; working on by-laws; next meeting August 30.


The September local food dinner was discussed; decided to delay until September, 2012.


Other counties have shown interest in joining BFBL but no follow through.


Agritourism, agribusiness laws still being written; Mike Dale presented draft last meeting; hot topic for Farm Bureau; hope to have written by end of June.


Hazard waste collection is next weekend on west side of Covance; June 25 plastic garden containers collection at Marlin Plant Kingdom.


Roy reported on the Food Hub; July 6 meeting; web site discussion; representative from USDA will speak live after web site discussion.


Discussion whether to have July meeting scheduled to be at Hidden Acres or postpone; will speak with Randy Kimerly.


EPA is reducing testing in California for radiation for milk, produce, etc. even though it may be higher because of Japan's problems.


Europe's problems with e-coli means we should keep good track of our records for fertilizer, etc.


After we adjourn there will be a tour of Tuttle's fields and facilities.  Thank you to Tuttle Orchard for hosting our meeting.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:37pm.


Submitted by:

Edna Yeager


Benefits of Membership
BFBL LabelWe hope that you find membership with Hancock Harvest Council to be a benefit for you. We have several different memberships available that will be included on your invoice and/or letter inviting you to join. It includes a beginner level for those who are not ready to begin promoting their product. Partial list of membership benefits are listed below:
  1. A listing in our Annual Directory - level of membership determines type of listing.
  2. Have the opportunity to use the BFBL graphics in their advertising, brochures and web sites. Must be pre-approved, graphics provided upon request.  Cannot be used on products.
  3. Promotion in our newsletter - member profiles, etc.
  4. Web page on the HHC website - more info at December meeting.
  5. Access to BFBL merchandise.
  6. We are currently working on updating our application to make it easier for Restaurants and Farmers markets.  Each classification will have a separate application. 

Consumer or Associate members are entitled to BFBL merchandise to be determined (we currently have bags and t-shirts). Their membership helps us to continue the mission of providing education and promotion of local foods.  Associate memberships are currently $10 per year.


Membership dues are payable in January.  Invoices below:


Producer Membership Letter/Invoice


Farmers Market and Restaurant Membership Letter/Invoice 


New members also need to complete application found on-line or can be e-mailed to you.  Current members should send an e-mail with any changes to your information for the directory and web page.  If you want featured in a newsletter, please let us know as well.

For any questions, please contact Barb Smith thru this e-mail or 765-763-0246.

HHC Meeting Schedule 2011

The meeting schedule for the remainder of the year is:


July 6th - Note change in date.  Will be at 6 pm at the Extension Office

August 1st -  

September 6th - (will be held on Tuesday due to Labor Day Holiday)  Hidden Acres may be willing to host

October 3rd -

November 7th -

December 5th - Plan pitch in event


If you are willing to host any of these meeting, please let us know, if no host - the meeting will be held at the Extension Office in Greenfield.


In Closing:
Thank you again for your time and support in making our organization successful.  I hope you can plan to attend these meetings and take part in the furture of Hancock Harvest Council If you have any questions, please contact us.

Barbara Smith, Secretary
Hancock Harvest Council
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The intent of the Hancock Harvest Council is to further develop opportunities for agricultural producers and potential producers to make available local foods and educational experiences to each other and the community.

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Vision Statement:

We will continue to foster a more sustainable and educated community for current and future generations


Values Statement:

The Members of the Hancock Harvest Council are Dedicated to the Following Core Values:


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