Learn and Connect to Locally Sourced, Organic Food
The GROW LOCAL ROOTS! information fair and marketplace was created to connect consumers to resources for locally sourced and organic food. This year’s edition will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on May 24 at The City Market, in Indianapolis.
The event is sponsored by Indy Holistic Hub and features two keynote speakers, Ross Harding of Ross Harding Bee Services and Chef Wendell Fowler of WISH-TV. Local vendors will have their responsibly produced products available for purchase and there’ll be live music on the Whistler Plaza Stage.
Attendees can also take part in the bi-annual March Against Monsanto, which will start at The City Market at 4 p.m. to rally against GMO foods at the Statehouse. GMOs are genetically modified organisms and can include seeds, vegetables, fruits, grains, fish and any other foods that have been altered to withstand direct application of herbicide or to produce an insecticide.
“The event used to be solely about stopping the harmful practices Monsanto uses to produce food,” says Angie Capretti, organizer of the event and founder of Indy Action Group, “but we realized we can have a greater impact by educating people on the need to eat locally sourced food and also connecting them with local farmers.”
Booth space is free but vendors must be local organizations that practice sustainability in food production or other local business following the same ideals. Free parking will be on the northeast corner of Market and Alabama. Donations to Indy Action Group to help defray the cost of the event are welcomed and appreciated but not required to participate in the information fair and marketplace.