IN INDIANA, SENSITIVE CROPS AND BEEHIVES ARE LOCATED VERY NEAR ROW CROPS, POSING CHALLENGES FOR BOTH TYPES OF OPERATIONS. OUR AIM IS TO FOSTER RELATIONSHIPS AND RESPECT WHICH HELP TO RESOLVE THESE TYPES OF CHALLENGES.
Growing Good Neighbors was piloted in Missouri in 2018 with the goal of gathering grape growers, retailers, crop growers, livestock producers, beekeepers, specialty crop growers, conservationists and other community members over a shared meal to foster mutual understanding.
Community meetings were organized to discuss issues that impact today’s agricultural communities and uncover common values, aiming to establish good neighborly relationships, increase communication about crop locations and new technologies, and create resilient communities with a favorable environment for open dialog.
The Indiana Winery and Vineyard Association (IWVA) has established a Growing Good Neighbors campaign in Indiana through support from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program.
Through its own Community Meetings and education efforts, this Indiana program aims to facilitate good neighborly relations among different types of farmers and build mutual trust within the agriculture industry.