Partners IN Food and Farming (PIFF) grew from a need for a more connected farming community and a more resilient food system for Hoosiers. The work started with the great folks at Hoosier Young Farmers Coalition (HYFC), a chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition. They got to work connect beginning farmers across the state by hosting farm tours and potlucks; running programs like their Fellowship; and highlighting under heard farmer voices. Their work proved that there was a need for more farmer-to-farmer programming in Indiana but they started to hit the boundaries of what else they could take on as an all-volunteer group. Their work was critical to our launch because it showed the need for a full-time, stand-alone organization serving Indiana's food and farming community. HYFC and NYFC lent their support, and PIFF blossomed out of this incredibly strong foundation.
In 2021, PIFF received a huge boost when the Northwest Indiana Food Council included PIFF's launch as a major deliverable of their Regional Food Systems Partnership grant (more information about that grant can be found here). PIFF was founded to be the network of networks and a way for farmers to receive peer-to-peer training. We provide farmer-to-farmer programming and services that help our sustainable farmers build community as well as the skills to ensure the viability of their farms. We believe in creating a stronger farming and food community through the creation of training and networking opportunities throughout the state.