Garden with us in 2018! Applications now available

2018 marks our third growing season at the Keystone-Monon Community Garden at Arsenal Park, and we invite you to grow with us! 

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Please visit our “Garden With Us” page for full details about the application process. You can also contact Christie and MaryAnna at KMCommunityGarden@gmail.com with questions.

What’s so special about the Keystone-Monon Community Garden? While growing our own fresh, organic produce brought us together, even more than that we are a community organization. We believe community gardens:

  • Grow community strength and cohesiveness
  • Normalize urban agriculture
  • Provide a place to grow food and learn together
  • Celebrate the power of people as we work to build knowledge, empower, and engage the full diversity of our community
  • Increase neighborhood pride and beauty; decrease crime
  • Build new connections among community members, increasing care and concern for others

If you are interested in growing your own food and getting involved in your community, join us in 2018!

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Recipe Corner: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Turkey Chili

We just couldn’t wait until 2018 to begin one of our new endeavors: creating a recipe corner of delicious recipes, tested out by our gardeners! 

It can be hard to figure out how to cook fresh produce or veggies that might be new to you. We also know how disappointing it is to grow something from the ground up, only to be less than impressed with the final prepared product.

With that in mind, our Recipe Corner will provide an ever-growing list of crowd pleasing recipes to use with produce grown right in the garden that won’t let you down. Contact us at kmcommunitygarden@gmail.com if you have a recipe to share!

SLOW COOKER PUMPKIN TURKEY CHILI: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/228404/slow-cooker-pumpkin-turkey-chili/

One of our community gardeners, Sharon, grew these beautiful cheese pumpkins this year and gifted one to my family, so I knew I needed to find just the right way to use it. The recipe linked above, complete with both chili powder and pumpkin pie spice, hit all my personal requirements: 1) decadently delicious, 2) ridiculously easy, and 3) filled with veggies and legumes. We skipped the cheese and added cumin, tomato sauce, carrots, and cauliflower. Extra points: I have enough pumpkin to make a second batch for Christmas night!

This Holiday Season, We Celebrate YOU!

Happy holidays from the community garden to all in our community! As we close out the garden’s second growing season, we celebrate YOU.

Everywhere you look at the Keystone-Monon Community Garden at Arsenal Park, you see community. From donated lumber to countless volunteer hours to donated seeds and plants to our gardeners’ green thumbs, our garden would be nothing without community.

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As we reflect on 2017, we thank all in our community who made this year such a success: our gardeners, our generous sponsors, and our community supporters. We are so grateful for you!

WHAT WAS NEW IN 2017?

  • In August, our first Neighborhood Garden Tour raised over $600. Close to 30 participants visited five different gardens, and we welcomed the support of 11 business sponsors!
  • We started a by-donation yoga series in 2017, Yoga in the Garden. Huge thanks to founding partner John-Payton Rowley, SoBeFit, and yoga instructor Lisa Daugherty, CITYOGA, for their time and energy. We hope to continue in 2018!
  • We built three new garden beds: two waist-high, accessible beds, thanks to the work of gardener Liz Laughlin, owner of Limelight Coffee, and a large communal bed, thanks to a wonderful group of volunteers who served in honor and remembrance of one of their loved ones. To connect with that amazing group of volunteers filled our hearts and reminded us of why we do this. Huge thanks to the Marion County Master Gardeners Association whose generous grant paid for these exciting infrastructure additions!
  • We added compost bins and a blueberry patch.
  • We hosted a seed giveaway, garden soil workshop, and seedling sale, open to all in our community.
  • We partnered with so many in our community! We would be nothing without our community partners and supporters. Please support them year-round and during this holiday season. And the biggest thanks go to Indy Parks and Recreation for their continued support of the garden.
  • We gardened! 20 gardeners and families grew food for themselves all summer long, bringing home fresh, organic produce and learning side by side.

WHAT DO WE HAVE PLANNED FOR 2018? We have many exciting plans for the coming year! In 2018, you’ll see:

  • Updated garden signage to tell our story and help community members connect with the garden and each other when they visit.
  • Website updates, including a recipe corner, virtual garden tour, gardener biographies, and other activities.
  • Expanded educational and social opportunities to continue building community through activities rooted in gardening, health, and wellness. And more yoga!

JOIN US! In 2018, we hope you join us or continue being a part of what makes our garden such a wonderful place: community.

  • Applications for garden plots for the 2018 season will be available January 1!
  • Contact us at kmcommunitygarden@gmail.com or on Facebook with your ideas or questions.
  • Interested in becoming a financial supporter or in-kind donation opportunities? We would love to talk with you! Contact Christie and MaryAnna at kmcommunitygarden@gmail.com.

What a Ride! Garden Tour Recap and BIG Thanks

Last Sunday, we celebrated the beautiful diversity of neighborhood gardens flourishing right here in Keystone-Monon! Our first ever neighborhood garden tour went off without a hitch, and it was so much fun to explore our community with our own neighbors and new friends.

Today, we need to send up one more huge thanks – to the gardeners who welcomed us into their beautiful growing spaces – Caity and Kent, Sharon, Jill, and Steve; to IMPD Officer Jeff Parmalee, who kept everyone safe on our bikes; and to our dear Friends of the Garden supporter, Limelight Coffee Roasters!

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LIMELIGHT COFFEE ROASTERS, Friends of the Garden

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Limelight Coffee Roasters is a small, handcrafted coffee roasting company located in Indianapolis, Indiana. We roast sustainably grown arabica beans from around the world and pay a premium price to support farmers who focus on quality while caring for the environment, their community, and their family. Locally, we strive to provide our community with a diverse variety of coffees with different flavors and aromas.

 

Our Last Thankful Thursday Before Our First EVER Neighborhood Garden Tour!

This Sunday marks our first ever neighborhood garden tour, and we could not be more excited! Part-fundraiser, part-community building event, and ALL fun, we’ll lead two groups of participants around our neighborhood, getting insider tours of five different gardens.

That means we have one last round of thanks to give for this Thankful Thursday (one day late – it’s been that kind of week). Today, we recognize our Friends of the Garden and In-Kind sponsors: Blice Edwards, Agrarian, Azure’s Secret Handmade Soaps, Britnee King (graphic designer), Bobby Maull (videographer), and Emma Clust (individual supporter).

BLICE EDWARDS, Bags and Water Bottles

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Blice Edwards Inc. is a partnership of artists, Christopher Blice and Jon Edwards. The pair established the business in 1993 after a collaborative project that brought the talents of each together. Before joining forces 24 years  ago, Jon Edward’s educational focus was on Graphic Design and Fine Arts, receiving a BFA in graphic design from the Columbus College of Art and Design. Christopher Blice educational focus was design and product development.

The Blice Edwards studio is located at The Monon Shoppes in So Bro. With over 800 projects under their belt, their offerings on anything creative is beyond anything you can imagine.

AGRARIAN, Friends of the Garden

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Agrarian is a local homestead supply and general store.  We strive to educate and supply our local community with the information and tools to set up their own backyard farm!

 

AZURE’S SECRET HANDMADE SOAPS, In-Kind Sponsor

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Azure’s Secret Handmade Soap has been in business for nearly six years now. We are an Indianapolis company. We absolutely love making beautiful bars of soap and skin care products incorporating many organic ingredients in our products.

 

Special thanks to the individuals who have lent their skills, expertise, and support! 

  • Britnee King, graphic design
  • Bobby Maull, videographer
  • Emma Clust, individual supporter

Thankful Thursdays: Our Garden Stop Sponsors Are Tops!

We are ELATED to share that our neighborhood’s first ever garden tour officially sold out this weekend. (And then we opened up a few more tickets, just for those last-minute folks who recognized the error of their ways in not getting a ticket).

The countdown continues – only 10 more days! – help us thank our amazing Garden Tour sponsors and supporters. Today, we recognize our garden stop sponsors: Black Circle Brewing, Just Pop In!, the Keystone Monon Neighborhood Association, and Kolman Dental.

BLACK CIRCLE BREWING, Garden Tour Stop and Gift Sponsor

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Black Circle Brewing Company is equal parts micro-brewery, craft beer bar and music venue. We are located in the Double 8 warehouse, now called Refinery 46, in the Midtown / SoBro fringe. We share the building with several local businesses and a co-op working space on the lower level.

Our focus is on quality local craft offerings and brewing our own versions of our favorite beer styles. We have a unique relationship with Elena Ruz Cuban Cuisine, which offers our guests a full menu in the tap room and allows us to focus on the beer. We will regularly host live music events, movie screenings and other local artists and entertainers. We also have an ever expanding collection of vintage arcade games, so bring a handful of quarters with you.

JUST POP IN!, Garden Tour Stop and Gift Sponsor

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Just Pop In! was established in 2003 and created by dynamic twin sisters, Mandy & Carly. Inspiration stemmed from evenings spent popping with their Grandfather. They develop playful and scrumptious recipes for the nostalgic snack and place them in hip, thoughtful and snappy packaging.

JPI believes the quality of their product is equally as important to the experience they offer their clients. They are dedicated to a culture of happiness, open-mindedness and co-existence. Their company philosophy has earned national, regional and local awards and the attention of clients like IndyCar, PGA, NCAA, Christian Dior | Nylon magazine, to name a few.

Mandy and Carly are passionate about supporting their local Indianapolis community. They are proud partners of various organizations that offer invaluable services to the community such as The Damien Center, Indiana AIDS Fund, Habitat for Humanity, The Julian Center and The Patachou Foundation.

Popcorn isn’t just popcorn to the girls; it’s a catalyst to sharing in an experience with the people they meet each day, whether a friend, family member or stranger on the street.

KEYSTONE MONON NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, Garden Tour Stop and Gift Sponsor

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The Keystone-Monon Neighborhood Partnership was formed in February of 1995. It is run by residents of the area in cooperation with local authorities and organizations whose mutual goal is the betterment of the community.

The purpose of this organization is to maintain open lines of communication within the neighborhood as well as between residents and the resources available to assist them. In doing this, we feel the neighborhood becomes stronger and more stable for the long term.

KOLMAN DENTAL, Garden Tour Stop and Gift Sponsor

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Kolman Dental, PC is here to help you maintain optimal oral health. We strive to provide excellent comprehensive and preventative care while maintaining a relaxing environment. Our state of the art office is conveniently located in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis, IN. We look forward to meeting you! Dr. Kolman also believes very strongly in giving back to the community. He is a graduate of the Ardeth Burkhart leadership training series. He is on the board of directors for the Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis as well as on a task force for the United Way of Central Indiana. Dr. Kolman was also appointed to the American Dental Association’s Business Enterprise board of directors. He is also a current member of the American Dental Association, the Indiana Dental Association, the Indianapolis District Dental Society, Key Point study club and the ITI study club.

Thank you for putting the “community” in “community garden.”

FIRST EVER Neighborhood Garden Tour: Special Promotion, Save $2!

You’re invited – and for four days only, you can save!

Use this link to save $2 per ticket for our upcoming NEIGHBORHOOD GARDEN TOUR on Sun., Aug. 20 from 2-5pm: https://keystonemonongardentour.eventbrite.com?discount=Save2
WHAT IS IT? 5 amazing gardens, 1 great cause – and free admission and parking for the last evening of the IN State Fair! Get your tickets by Monday at midnight to save.
Adults 16+: $8 (Reg. $10)
Kids 8-15: $3 (Reg. $5)
Kids 7 and under: FREE
MORE ABOUT THE TOUR: On August 20 from 2-5pm, the Keystone-Monon Community Garden will host a garden tour highlighting FIVE amazing gardens right in our neighborhood. Keystone-Monon Grows is part neighborhood garden tour, part community gathering, part garden fundraiser, and ALL fun.
The event features a bicycle tour (automobiles also allowed) of three home gardens in the Keystone-Monon neighborhood, the community garden at Arsenal Park, and the gorgeous demonstration gardens at the IN State Fairgrounds – and free admission and parking for the last evening of the IN State Fair, thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center! We’ll meet the gardeners, tour their gardens, and learn more about the many unique ways people have launched their own growing spaces across our community.
BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY AND SAVE! All proceeds support the Keystone-Monon Community Garden, an entirely volunteer- and community-driven project. https://keystonemonongardentour.eventbrite.com?discount=Save2
Thank you for your support, and we’ll see you on Sunday, August 20!