Event Informs Indy on Locally Sourced and 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—sponsored by Indy Action Group (IAG) and featuring several keynote speakers, live music, local vendors and artisans, information booths and activities for the whole family—will be from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 23 at The City Market, in Indianapolis.
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 once at the Statehouse. GMOs are genetically modified organisms and can include seeds, vegetables, fruits, grains, fish and any other foods that have been altered, some to withstand direct and heavy applications 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 IAG, “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 IAG help defray the cost of the event, but not required to participate.