Our Team

Janet Katz, Director


Janet’s unique background includes master’s degrees in both chemistry and sustainable food systems; years as a dedicated community volunteer eventplanner; and even documentary film production. In 2015 she directed From Fencerows to Foodsheds, which explores the story of two Indiana communities working to revitalize their local food systems.

Janet has earned respect across our region as a leading advocate for increasing the bounty of local food that flows from our land to our tables, and was recently featured as a Local Food Hero by Hoosier Locavore.

Regional Steering Committee

The Northeast Indiana Local Food Network was launched by this dedicated committee from across the region, who developed the mission and initial goals of the organization. 


Adam Welch

Director of Business Development
Greater Fort Wayne Inc.


Amy Hesting

Director of Regional Initiatives
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership


Caleb France

Cerulean Restaurants
(Kosciusko County)


Chad Kline

Economic Development
Executive Director

Wells County Economic Development


Jain Young

Plowshares Food Hub
(Allen County)


Kara Babinec

Director of Sales and Marketing
Gunthorp Farms
(LaGrange County)


Keith Gillenwater

President & CEO
Economic Development Group of Wabash County


Steve Engleking

Purdue Extension
(LaGrange County)


Board of Directors - Coming soon!


We’re gathering a passionate and talented team of local food producers, buyers, advocates and community stakeholders to lead the Northeast Indiana Local Food Network.  

Regional Advisory Council - Coming soon!

We need an enthusiastic and experienced Advisory Council to guide us and keep us grounded. We’re looking for dedicated local food stakeholders with ideas and expertise to share.  Interested in joining us, or know someone we should meet?  Connect and let us know.