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714 e. jefferson blvd.
south bend, in 46617
USA

574-286-5878

Just Goods offers fair trade, local-made, made in USA, organic, recycled and green products for the home and for families.  All of our products are sustainably crafted or manufactured.  You will find organic cotton clothing, reusable lunch containers, eco cleaning products, recycled-fiber socks, fair trade coffee, chocolate and gifts.  Together, we are making a difference.

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South Shore Local Foods Newsletter

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South Shore Local Foods Connections
Issue 30, March 2010

This e-newsletter is designed to strengthen local foods connections in Northwest Indiana. Please submit items to Kris Parker at parkerkj@purdue.edu
Past issues of SSLF Connections can be viewed at www.southshorelocalfoods.org

Educational Opportunities
An Introduction to Starting a Specialty Food Business will take place on April 15 in Indianapolis. https://www.agecon.purdue.edu/newventures/Pubs/EntrepBroch0410.pdf

Advocacy Opportunities
Attention Market Masters: Your input is valuable on the new ISDH’s farm market inspection policy document “Guidance on Indiana Farmers’ Markets’ Inspection Requirements.” Contact Debbie Trocha at the Indiana Cooperative Development Center, 317-692-7707 or dtrocha@icdc.org

Grant Opportunities
Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. This is an education, training, technical assistance and outreach program designed to help U.S. farmers and ranchers who have been farming or ranching for 10 years or less. Grants are available to organizations to design programs to help beginning farmers and ranchers. Proposals are due April 6, 2010. http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/beginningfarmerandrancher.cfm

ISDA Specialty Crop Grants. Commissions, public entities, associations, and/or nonprofit organizations that represent specialty crops as defined by USDA in Indiana agriculture are eligible to apply. Applications due June 25, 2010. http://www.in.gov/isda/2522.htm

Business Opportunities
Winter Farmers Markets, Chicago area: http://www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets/M19510

Resources
Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities: Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation and Community Development: http://www.sare.org/publications/ruralplaces.htm
Farmers' Market Manager Training Manual: http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/NYFM_Training_Manual.pdf

To submit items for the next edition of South Shore Local Foods Connections, please send items to:

Kris Parker
Economic & Community Development Educator
Purdue Extension, Porter County
155 Indiana Ave, Suite 301
Valparaiso, IN 46383
phone: 219/ 465-3555 x27
fax: 219/ 464-8976
parkerkj@purdue.edu