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.

Meeting Minutes and ONE MORE BED Available at Arsenal Park!

Minutes are now available from last week’s organizing meeting! What a productive, awesome get-together: not only did everyone get as many seeds as they could use, we made huge strides in getting ideas for our educational workshops and community gatherings. We will post a full calendar of events soon!
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JOIN THE FUN THIS SPRING – Join a work group! To accomplish our goals in 2017, we need your help. Any in our community are welcome to join our planning team, even if you aren’t gardening with us! Contact us at kmcommunitygarden@gmail.com to be part of our community.
  • Education and Community Gatherings Team: Plan social gatherings and educational workshops throughout the growing season. Work with lead organizers to line up speakers, set calendar, and advertise events to the community.
  • Construction and Site Maintenance Team: Make design suggestions and plans for future site development (must be approved by IN City Parks). Work with volunteer team to establish regular work days and bigger construction events as needed.
  • Fundraising and Partnerships Team: Seek out funding sources, donation drives, and in-kind partnerships with assistance from lead organizers.
  • Volunteer Management: Organize volunteer days to work in the garden and serve as point of contact on work days (will likely work with construction/maintenance team closely).

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APPLICATIONS: We have one more garden bed available! 

  • All garden beds will be assigned by early March 2017. If you are interested in gardening with us, submit your application and waiver ASAP to be added to the waitlist!

SPRING KICKOFF: Seed Starting Workshop and Education Planning, 2/15/17, 6-7pm

The Keystone-Monon Community Garden, located at Arsenal Park, is kicking off its second season, and we are so excited to continue building community and growing together! Join us for a SEED GIVEAWAY, SEED STARTING WORKSHOP, and EDUCATION PLANNING meeting.

WHEN: Wednesday, 2/15/17, 6-7pm
WHERE: Glendale Public Library, 6101 N. Keystone Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220

NOTE: Applications for garden beds are now available! Full details: https://kmcommunitygarden.wordpress.com/garden-with-us 

flyer_meeting_20170215MEETING DESCRIPTION: This year, we are ramping up our offerings of free educational workshops for both our gardeners and our community and have an exciting partnership to share! We will also have plenty of seeds to give away, generously donated by Whole Foods Market in Carmel and Plantation Products, to get our future gardeners started. Finally, we’ll break folks up into different work groups for those who would like to get involved further.

All are welcome, and no gardening experience is necessary – just a desire to build community, learn, grow, and have fun with your neighbors. You don’t need to be a resident of Keystone-Monon to join.

“Gardens, scholars say, are the first sign of commitment to a community. When people plant corn they are saying, let’s stay here. And by their connection to the land, they are connected to one another.” – Anne Raver