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Agricultural Literacy Week to teach farming importance

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Farming is very important to Indiana, and lawmakers want everyone to know that. Each year Indiana generates an annual economic impact of more than $31 billion from agriculture.

Lawmakers have created a resolution to make Feb. 20-24 Agriculture Literacy Week.

They hope to use the week to educate people on Indiana’s agriculture scene, create conversations about farming and maybe even inspire people to start their own gardens.

Urban agriculture is a type of farming tied into the literacy week.

“It’s something that people do to improve the quality of their neighborhoods. They do it as a business, as market farms, they sell at farmers markets to local businesses, and it’s also space where people really try to provide benefit to their communities,” said Emily Toner, urban agriculture educator with the Purdue Extension of Marion County.

Urban agriculture can be accomplished by using raised gardens, vertical gardens, or trellis structures.

“We have a lot of areas with low food access and not a lot of fresh food, so a lot of people do urban agriculture projects as a way to bring fresh, healthy food into their neighborhood to share with their community,” Toner added.

Indiana Farm Bureau has a program during the week to help teachers educate their students in the classroom. Materials can be found here.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.