Food Chain

Food Chain: A Discussion of Policies Affecting the Bloomington Food System

Please join the Bloomington Food Policy Council and Local Growers Guild for this exciting panel discussion as part of Bloomington Lifelong Learning Week on Monday September 8th from 7pm-8:30pm. Panelists include Mike Record from New Ground Farm, Larry Howard from Maple Valley Farm, Chef Sasha Divine from No Coast Reserve, and Kroger Public Affairs Manager John Elliott. The discussion will be moderated by Annie Corrigan from Earth Eats. Following the panel, attendees are invited to stay for the Summer Quarterly meeting of the Food Policy Council. 


Free parking is available in the 4th street garage and the following downtown surface parking lots: the Library, 6th & Lincoln (across from the Library), 6th & Dunn (IU permits not enforced after 5pm), Von Lee (IU permits not enforced after 5pm), 4th & Washington (behind Buskirk-Chumley Theater), and Dunn & 4th (off Restaurant Row). Paid street parking is widely available. For more info, visit

Panelist Biographies

1. Larry Howard, his wife Tina, and three children run Maple Valley Farm, a pasture-based livestock farm in Bloomington Indiana. They raise cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, turkeys, meat chickens, laying hens and rabbits in a continuous movement, pasture-based system and recently began experimenting with raising tilapia and garden crops using Aquaponics. They have been involved in helping get recent legislation passed including provisions to re-instate the Federal Poultry Exemption in Indiana enabling the on-farm processing of poultry, eliminating local licensing and inspection of egg producers and introducing on-farm processing of rabbits. They are Bloomington’s chapter leaders for the Weston A. Price Foundation and are very involved in issues surrounding the sale and distribution of raw dairy products in Indiana.

2. Mike Record and his wife Lisel are new to Bloomington, having lived and farmed in Colorado, running a vegetable CSA program. Mike represents the Local Growers’ Guild on the Monroe County Urbanizing Area Plan Committee and has been navigating other local policies and rules that effect local farmers. In addition, the Records have been watching the progress on the Food Safety Act and getting an understanding of the implications it may have for small farmers.

3. Sasha Divine is a chef at No Coast Reserve, a restaurant in Bloomington. In addition, Sasha serves as a Market Assistant at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market, where he has developed personal relationships with the vendors. Sasha works directly with local farmers to source fresh produce for the menu at No Coast.

4. John Elliott is Manager of Public Affairs & Media Spokesperson for The Kroger Co.’s Central Division. His responsibilities include managing all media interactions and government relations at the state and local level involving Kroger operations in 136 stores, primarily in Indiana and Illinois. As a member of Kroger’s division senior leadership team, John is involved in key decisions impacting operations, merchandising, economic development, financial management and workforce.


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