Today’s the Day! Visit Indy Urban Flea and Centerpoint Brewing and Help Us Give Thanks

Each month, a really cool thing happens in downtown Indy at the Circle City Industrial Complex: an urban flea market where you’ll find new-to-you treasures of all kinds, locally grown veggies and roasted coffee, and a hopping fun brewery right next door. I’m talking about Indy Urban Flea, which is not only a really cool monthly event but also a tremendous community partner and supporter.

In April, Indy Urban Flea and Centerpoint Brewing selected the garden to be its featured community partner! Thanks to this support, we raised $327 from our seedling sale and onsite donations at Indy Urban Flea and an additional $274 from Centerpoint Brewing, which donated $1 for every pint sold to the garden (and it happened to be a gorgeous, sunny day).

That’s a grand total of $601 raised!

What does that mean for a community garden that’s entirely volunteer- and donation-driven? So, so much. We stretch every dollar, and we were blown away by our community’s response and generosity. Not only can we now cover the not-so-sexy, yet totally necessary cost of our public liability insurance next year, but we also look forward to building some new communal garden beds, like a strawberry patch for all our gardeners and neighbors to enjoy!

So what are you waiting for? Get yourself down to Indy Urban Flea today, rain or shine, and enjoy a pint from the fine folks at Centerpoint Brewing:

  • Indy Urban Flea
  • Saturday, 5/20/17, 10am-4pm
  • Circle City Industrial Complex, 1225 Brookside Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
  • May’s featured organization: The Village of Merici who provides residential supported living and community integration services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Calling All Home Gardeners: Apply Today for Our First Neighborhood Garden Tour!

Calling all home gardeners: would you like to be featured in our first neighborhood garden tour? We need you – contact us at kmcommunitygarden@gmail.com today!

On August 20 from 2-5pm, the Keystone-Monon Community Garden will host a garden tour highlighting some of the amazing, quirky, fun, and productive home gardens we have right here in our neighborhood!

Keystone-Monon Grows will be part neighborhood garden tour, part community gathering, part garden fundraiser, and ALL fun. The event will feature a bicycle tour (automobiles also allowed) of 5-6 different home gardens in the Keystone-Monon neighborhood, a tour of the community garden at Arsenal Park with gardeners on hand to answer questions, and a closing community gathering at the Arsenal Park picnic shelter.

DETAILS: Please consider applying to be one of the main stops on the first of what what we hope will become a beloved annual garden tour.

Date and Time: Sunday, August 20, 2-5pm
Garden Location: All types of gardens are welcomed! Gardens must fall within the Keystone-Monon boundaries – 54th St. to the north, Keystone Ave. to the east, 38th St. and Fall Creek to the south, and the Monon Trail to the west.
Commitment: Each garden stop will feature a brief tour for attendees, including Q&A with the homeowner/gardener. This should be a fun conversation, all about your garden! All gardens should submit 3-5 photos and a brief bio about themselves and their gardens for use on our website and marketing materials.

To Apply: Send a brief statement of interest/email, your address, and 3-5 pictures of your garden space to kmcommunitygarden@gmail.com. We are looking for all types of gardens and all levels – our goal is to show anyone that a home garden is within their reach!

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The Countdown Begins: Our Seedling Sale Is One Week Away!

The countdown to our Spring Seedling Sale and Seed Giveaway begins! One week from today, we will be selling close to 200 beautiful seedlings for your garden. All proceeds benefit the garden, which is a completely volunteer-, donation-, and community-driven endeavor.

Join us at Indy Urban Flea, pick up some seeds, buy your seedlings, and have a pint at Centerpoint Brewing! Did we mention $1 from every pint sale goes to the garden, too?

Yeah, our city is pretty rad.

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WHAT: Seedling Sale, Seed Giveaway, and Garden Meet and Greet

WHEN: Sunday, April 23, 10am-4pm

WHERE: Indy Urban Flea – Circle City Industrial Complex, 1225 Brookside Ave., Indianapolis

Download a flyer to share here.

And Just Like That, the Garden Is READY… Thanks to Our Neighborhood Friends and Supporters!

Did you know that 10 cubic yards of compost would equal somewhere around 120 wheelbarrow loads? Now can you imagine the backbreaking effort it would require to move all of that from the parking area at Arsenal Park through the grass to the garden?

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It is impossible to overstate how much two amazing neighborhood partners helped us out this weekend. For the second year, local landscaper Robert Sickle and neighborhood business partner Hoosier Tools have lifted our load immensely. Thanks to them, our gardeners who finished the job, and some beautiful weather this morning, our garden beds are now ready to be planted!

Please help us thank our neighborhood partners who made all of this possible: 

  • Huge thanks to Hoosier Tools, who for the second year in a row donated the use of a Bobcat, allowing us to move our load of compost from the parking area to the garden. They even covered the gas, which was incredibly kind. Thanks to Stephen Lee for this generous donation (317-466-5060). Hoosier Tools has all kinds of items available for rent, especially for all your spring garden and home projects.
  • Local landscaper Robert Sickle (317-224-8184) spent his Friday afternoon commandeering a Bobcat and moving 10 cubic yards of compost to the garden, which saved us from the backbreaking labor of moving it my wheelbarrow. Robert does beautiful work and provides free estimates – call him today! And thank you, thank you, thank you again.

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  • GreenCycle not only provided us with absolutely gorgeous (and slightly discounted) compost, but they also were gracious about our need to move our delivery date back a week due to weather.

We simply could not have created this garden without the help and support of people like Robert Sickle, Steve Lee at Hoosier Tools, and the fine folks at GreenCycle – not to mention the gardeners who came out this morning to get this beautiful stuff into all of our beds! What a beautiful way to spend the day. Thanks to all!

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Without “Community,” It’s Just a Garden: Giving Thanks

Check out what our small but mighty team of volunteers accomplished last Saturday! They braved 45-55 mph winds to move the remaining soil and compost into our 20 raised garden beds. What does this mean? This means our community gardeners can get planting!

Please help us thank our neighborhood partners who made this last, very important piece of prepping the garden a reality:

  • Tiffany Lawn & Garden were a delight to work with and gave us deep discounts on soil and compost. Check them out: tiffanylawn.com.
  • Hoosier Tools donated the use of a Bobcat to allow us to move soil from the parking area to the garden. Thanks to Stephen Lee for this generous donation (317-466-5060). Hoosier Tools has all kinds of items available for rent: check them out at www.hoosiertoolrental.com.
  • Local landscaper Robert Sickle (317-224-8184) spent his Saturday morning moving 18 cubic yards of soil to the garden, which saved us from the backbreaking labor of moving it my wheelbarrow. Robert does beautiful work and provides free estimates!

 

Final Garden Bed Preparation Work Day, 4/2/16.

Final Garden Bed Preparation Work Day, 4/2/16.

Final Garden Bed Preparation Work Day, 4/2/16.

Final Garden Bed Preparation Work Day, 4/2/16.

Happy Holidays and Thank You for Your Friendship!

Dear friends of the Keystone-Monon Community Garden,

This year, we are so thankful for your friendship, donations, and support! We launched this project in February with the tiniest seed of an idea – to build a welcoming public space in the form of a community garden where all of our neighbors could grow their own food, learn, and have fun side by side.
Since then and thanks to your support, we have grown by leaps and bounds:
  • We have worked closely with Indianapolis’ Department of Parks and Recreation to gain approval to build our garden at Arsenal Park, located at 46th and Indianola. Arsenal Park is in the heart of our neighborhood and will be a wonderful gathering and growing space for our neighborhood.
  • Our design team has created a beautiful multi-phase design, providing both individual and communal garden beds, as well as spaces to rest and enjoy the garden. Individual plots will be available in 2016 for just $25/year to help cover maintenance and water costs.
  • Our fundraising team gained the support of individuals, businesses, and other organizations throughout the year, allowing us to raise over $3,300 this year! All funds go directly to building and supporting the garden.
  • Perhaps most importantly, we began building a coalition of interested neighbors, harnessing the power of people. We now have over 120 supporters and interested individuals and anticipate this number to continue to grow. Remember, without community, it’s just a garden – and probably not a very successful one at that.
So what do we have to look forward to in 2016?
  • Building the garden! We can’t wait to organize several work days in early 2016 with the goal of having garden beds ready for our gardeners by April 2016. Our official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place in My 2016!
  • Growing together! Gardeners can sign up for their own plots in early 2016 for just $25/year. No gardening experience necessary: we will continue to plan educational workshops so we can learn to garden and grow together.
  • Continuing to garner community and citywide support for our efforts.
Thank you for helping us realize our goals in 2015! The hands on work really kicks off in January 2016, and we look forward to organizing many volunteer work days. We hope you will join us or follow along on our Facebook page. And remember, donations are appreciated year-round. Donate here today: http://kmcommunitygarden.causevox.com/
Wishing you happiness, health, and lots of green, growing things surrounding you in the new year,
Christie Koester, Sara Croft, and the entire Keystone-Monon Community Garden coalition

Great Food, Great Beers, Great Company, Great Cause: Sahm’s Place Third Thursday Fundraiser

We are thrilled to partner with local awesome eatery Sahm’s Place at 65th and Keystone Avenue! This month, Sahm’s Place is graciously donating 50% of the ticket sales from their popular Third Thursday dinner on June 18 to the Keystone-Monon Community Garden.

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Tickets are now on sale at Sahm’s Place for $30, which reserves your seat for a 4 course dinner with 4 beers from The Bier Brewery. The dinner starts promptly at 6:00 PM with a menu created specifically with beers from The Bier Brewery in mind. Only 30 tickets will be sold, so hurry and get yours before they are all gone!

Each of the four courses will be vegetarian. More details on the menu will be coming soon.

Date: Thursday, June 18 at 6 PM
Location: Sahm’s Place, 2411 E 65th St, Indianapolis, IN 46220
To Purchase Tickets: $30/person, 50% of sales donated to the Keystone-Monon Community Garsen – Purchase tickets in person at Sahm’s Place

Please join us in thanking Sahm’s Place for being such an outstanding community partner! For more information, call Sahm’s Place at (317) 202-1577. We hope to see you there!