What a fantastic weekend. On Friday, we got word from the city that they have approved our proposal to build the Keystone-Monon Community Garden at Arsenal Park.
We had our first fundraiser for the garden on Saturday at a community event at IPS School 91. We had such a fun morning talking to people about vegetables and gardens and community, and we raised just over $100 from the extra seedlings I planted this spring. We talked to a couple of kids about becoming scientists in Antarctica; another two told us their favorite fruits or vegetables were oranges and food. 🙂 One child picked out a lettuce plant and wouldn’t put it down or let anyone else hold it. We had planned these elaborate activities, only to discover that the only activity and “props” we needed were our plants. Just a few beautiful seedlings are a great conversation starter – people of all ages want to talk plants!
Then on Sunday, aka the best day ever: we checked our email, only to discover that a dear friend’s mom here in Indy made an extremely generous donation to the community garden! Like, we should name a garden bed after her. We are overwhelmed to know such a wonderful human being who is so incredibly supportive of local food, community projects, and general good stuff. This is just… it’s so overwhelmingly wonderful, it’s hard to even put it into words.
We are over the moon right now. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but this weekend was energizing, humbling, and thrilling all at once. Thanks for your support, neighbors and friends!