Indiana Farmers Union Kicks Off Its Annual Convention Weekend
Indiana Farmers Union kicks off its annual convention weekend this year with a healthy Hoosier farm tour, co-presented by Healthy Hoosier Oil and Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition.
Join Indiana Farmers Union members and supporters for a farm tour at Healthy Hoosier Oil, LLC. Based at Boyer Farms in Converse, Indiana, Healthy Hoosier Oil products came about when Mark Boyer and his family were looking to diversify their sixth-generation farm operation. Being good stewards of the land and using sustainable farming practices is extremely important to the Boyer family, and so creating healthy oils for Hoosiers seemed a logical pursuit. The Boyer family handles every aspect of the process for making their canola and sunflower oils, from growing, harvesting, processing, bottling, and delivering to their growing list of customers.
“The Boyer farm serves as a wonderful example of how a sixth-generation conventional farm was able to diversify its offerings and successfully grow its farm business to meet the changing demands of Hoosier consumers,” says Sherri Dugger, Media and Outreach Director for Indiana Farmers Union. This farm tour is expected to last 30 to 45 minutes and will cover the production process from crop agronomy to distribution. Participants can head into Converse, Indiana, after the tour to enjoy dinner together at Jefferson St. BBQ, a farm-to-table restaurant that takes pride in its use of fresh, locally grown ingredients—including smoked and barbecued meats, local produce and cheeses, and, of course, Healthy Hoosier Oil. The farm tour is free, but participants will need to cover the cost of dinner.
Indiana Farmers Union’s annual convention, which is free to attend, will follow the next day at Taxman Fortville, 29 S. Main St., Fortville, on Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. At this event, participants can enjoy a free lunch prepared by Taxman Fortville, watch a screening of the recently released documentary “Farmers for America,” network with Indiana Farmers Union members and other Hoosier farmers and hear regional food and farm advocates like Joe Maxwell and Katie Moyer speak about important issues in agriculture today.
What: Farm Tour of Healthy Hoosier Oil operation at Boyer Farms
Who: Indiana Farmers Union members and anyone interested in local food and farming are invited to attend
When: Nov. 17, 4:30 p.m.
Where: 9104 E. State Road 18, Converse, Indiana, 46919
Cost: Farm Tour is free; dinner not included