Area food experts to share tips on how to find locally grown, raised, produced food during free public panel discussion


    Duane Brodt
    Director of Public Relations
    Conner Prairie
    (800) 966-1836

    FISHERS, Ind. (Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015/Conner Prairie) – Area food enthusiasts can learn about the ease and importance of locating and consuming locally grown foods during a free public panel discussion at Conner Prairie in March. 

    Moderated by Jolene Ketzenberger, founder and editor of EatDrinkIndy.com, “Food within Reach: How to Eat Local” from 6:30-9 p.m. March 5 will feature chef and 100-mile dieter Thom England.

    After training and working as a professional chef in central Indiana and New York City, England is now a program coordinator for Ivy Tech Community College’s hospitality and culinary arts program. He authored “Idiots’ Guide: Grilling and Indiana Harvest,” is an avid traveler and has studied food and culture in 46 U.S. states and six countries.

    At the event, England will share his story about how he found the bounty of foods grown around central Indiana and how he is able to use them throughout the year. 

    Other expert panelists include:

    •    Todd Jameson of Balanced Harvest Farms;
    •    Chris Baggott of Tyner Pond Farm and Husk Foods; and
    •    Maria Smietana of Farm to Fork Market and Valentine Hill Farm, who will be providing helpful tips about the abundance of local resources that are available and how best to use them throughout the year. 

    A snacks and food showcase will begin at 6:30 p.m.; the panel discussion begins at 7 p.m. Joining panelists will be several central Indiana farmers and food producers to share their views on the local food market and resources available for area residents to purchase locally grown food.

    Seating is limited to the first 150 guests. Tickets are free but reservations are required. To reserve a seat, register online at connerprairie.org or call Guest Services at (317) 776-6000.

    The panel discussion is presented by Conner Prairie Alliance, a group of women who support Conner Prairie’s mission and vision, and sponsor Dig IN.

    Spanning 800 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park located in Fishers, Ind., welcomes more than 340,000 guests of all ages annually. Five outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces combine history with science, technology, engineering and math and offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.


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    Conner Prairie is a nationally acclaimed interactive history park. Its mission is to inspire curiosity and foster learning about Indiana by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences. Created by Eli Lilly in 1934, Conner Prairie combines history with science, technology, engineering and math and encourages visitors to explore Indiana’s natural and cultural heritage through hands-on, immersive and interactive experiencing. Inspiring visitors of all ages to discover more about the events, discoveries and forces that shaped the American Midwest, Conner Prairie offers various historically themed, indoor and outdoor experience areas throughout its 800 acres of wooded property in Fishers, Ind. Indiana’s only Smithsonian Institute Affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, Conner Prairie is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization that relies on grants and philanthropic donations from corporations and individuals for sustainability and growth. Visit connerprairie.org or call 317.776.6000 or 800.966.1836 for admission dates, hours, ticket prices and opportunities to donate. Connect with Conner Prairie on Facebook at facebook.com/connerprairie, Flickr at flickr.com/people/connerprairie, YouTube at youtube.com/user/ConnerPrairie and Twitter at twitter.com/connerprairie.