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Indiana farmer to be on Mike Rowe’s ‘Returning the Favor’


Three years ago, Indiana farmer Jonathan Lawler made his way into the public eye after he converted his for-profit produce farm into a 36-acres nonprofit operation called Brandywine Creek Farms. Based in Greenfield, Lawler raises more than 500,000 pounds of produce, beef, and pork to share with the hungry of Central Indiana.

It all started when Lawler’s son came home from school and talked about a friend who needed food and had to visit the local food pantry. Lawler is going to be getting even more recognition this coming season on “Returning the Favor,” a Facebook Watch show hosted by Mike Rowe that tours the country looking for people who give back to their communities. He announced on Facebook that will be featured in an upcoming episode.

“It really was amazing spending the day with Mike Rowe and driving him around Indianapolis showing him the work we are doing,” Lawler said on Facebook. 

The Indianapolis Star has an article talking about how Rowe’s visit will help breathe life into a now-closed grocery that’s aiming to reopen soon as a health-food market.

Rowe himself also posted about the visit to the Indianapolis area in a video that went up recently, though he uses the opportunity primarily as a call-out to people to visit him for a chance to be on “Returning the Favor”:


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