Community: I Can Count on You, and You Can Count on Me*

As a community organization with a gardening problem, we are really thrilled to support a whole lot of new ways to connect with your neighbors this spring. Keystone-Monon is off-the-charts hopping this month, and we hope you’ll join us at an upcoming community event!

Our neighborhood has so much going on, we’ve launched an events calendar you can reference anytime.

Mark your calendars, get involved, and make some new friends:

*This blog post title comes from my sons’ new favorite book, Counting on Community, by Innosanto Nagara. It’s beautiful and is read daily over here!

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!

Meeting Minutes Available: Join a Work Group and Apply TODAY to Garden in 2017!

Minutes are now available from last week’s organizing meeting! The two big takeaways: it’s time to sign up for a work group to make our garden even more fantastic in 2017 AND applications are now available to garden with us next year! Join us!
WORK GROUPS: To accomplish our goals in 2017, we propose establishing teams to focus on primary garden tasks. Ideally, one or two gardeners would take on the “lead” position for each with other gardeners serving as part of the team to assist.
  • Co-Lead Organizer: Serve as primary point of contact alongside Christie K, especially for meeting planning and during get togethers. Having at least two folks in this position would be tremendous!
  • 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).

APPLICATIONS: We are now accepting applications for the 2017 growing season! Gardeners in good standing from 2016 will have first priority and will have until2/15/17 to submit their application. After that date, additional garden beds will be assigned to new gardeners on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • 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!

Garden Organizing Meeting: Planning for 2017

This summer and fall have completely gotten away from us! Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post detailing all of the amazing work accomplished this summer – including the creation and planting of 20 raised garden beds in a neighborhood that previously had no shared gardening space! – but for now, we want to invite all to our upcoming meeting.

As we continue to grow in 2017, we need YOU – your help, your energy, and your valuable ideas!

Please join us for our next organizing meeting to review how far we’ve come and, most importantly, to identify our biggest needs, design plans, and goals for 2017. A few ideas have included creating a shade structure and seating area, little free library, more shared communal beds, and improved signage.

Applications are also now available for the 2017 growing season! (Current gardeners have until 2/15/17 to re-claim their garden bed; after that, garden beds will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Submit your application today!).

WHAT: Garden Organizing Meeting: Planning for 2017
WHEN: Tuesday, June 29, 6-7pm
WHERE: College Ave. Library, 4180 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205
TO BRING: Your bright ideas and your neighbors or family – anyone you know who wants to get more involved with their community!

All are welcome – you don’t have to be a resident of Keystone-Monon to be a part of this community endeavor.

 

2016. A garden building timeline.

A garden timeline: Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Summer 2016.

 

Construction Begins! Applications, Meeting Minutes, and a Big Thank You

Wow. Just WOW!

Such a tiny word cannot possibly express our gratitude to Lowe’s, which donated all of the garden edging lumber and hardware necessary to create the border for the new Keystone-Monon Community Garden at Arsenal Park.

Even bigger thanks to our amazing garden construction team and our fearless construction leader, Liz! They got a plan together at last week’s meeting, and this past weekend they launched into action, completing our garden border. It’s happening!

 

A few other items for the good of the order:

MINUTES: Meeting minutes from our 2/22/16 work group meeting are available here. Thanks to our amazing construction team, garden building began as of last weekend with our new garden border! Next up: garden signage and a big mulch moving day very soon. Stay tuned – we will reach out for volunteers ASAP.

CALLING ALL FUTURE GARDEN LEADERS! We also need a few good folks to serve on our leadership/”steering committee.” After a year of hard work to get the garden up and running, Sara is stepping back from a co-organizer role, which means Christie could use a lot of help. Please email KMCommunityGarden@gmail.com if you would like to serve on this smaller team who will help lead organizing meetings and manage work days and operations (communications, setting agendas, serving as rotating leaders of meetings as needed).

PLOT APPLICATIONS: Applications for garden plots this spring are due March 15, and they are going fast! Download your application and forms herePlots are available first-come, first-served, and we plan to build between 16-20 this year, depending on demand and our funding availability. Apply today!

WORK GROUPS: Let us know if you’d like to participate on our construction, fundraising, seed starting, volunteer management, or education work groups. And remember, you are welcome to join any of our work days or events anytime!

Have a wonderful day, all, and we are thrilled to begin gardening with you soon.

UPCOMING MEETING: Seed Giveaway, Seed Starting Workshop, and Spring Work Groups

Join us for a SEED GIVEAWAY, SEED STARTING WORKSHOP, and SPRING WORK GROUPS as we work to build our neighborhood’s first community garden at Arsenal Park!

WHEN: Monday, 2/22/16, 6-7pm
WHERE: IPS Rousseau McClellan Montessori School 91 gym, 5111 Evanston Ave., Indianapolis

During this meeting, we will give away plenty of seeds, generously donated by Whole Foods Market in Carmel and Plantation Products, to get our future gardeners started. We will also assign tasks to build our garden this spring: mulch and soil acquisition, volunteer work days, and raised bed design and building!

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.

Thank you to IPS Rousseau McClellan Montessori School 91 for the generous use of their gym! Please park in the south lot off 51st St.

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Grow With Us in 2016! Garden Applications Now Available, Due 3/15/16

Thanks to all who were able to attend our launch meeting on Wednesday, 1/20. It was so energizing to get everyone together to talk all things green and growing! If you weren’t able to attend, there will be plenty of opportunities this spring to meet and get involved as we work to have Phase One built out by this April.

MEETING MINUTES AND UPDATED GARDEN DESIGN DOCUMENTS:

Garden inspiration!

PICK YOUR WORK GROUP: Please email kmcommunitygarden@gmail.com and let us know what work group(s) you would like to join.

  • Construction and Worker Bees (the biggest need this spring)
  • Specific Task Completion (lining up mulch or soil delivery, planning a garden border, building garden beds, etc.) – especially great if you have limited time but want to make a big impact!
  • Seed Starting Group (individuals willing to start seedlings to share with others in the garden)
  • Fundraising and Partnerships
  • Education (including lining up workshops and speakers)
  • Volunteer Management (helping to organize or be point of contact on work days, etc.)

NEXT MEETING: Seed Giveaway, Seed Starting, and Initial Construction

Stay tuned for more details – our next meeting will be mid- to late-February,

APPLY FOR YOUR GARDEN PLOT: Garden applications are due 3/15/16; download your application here

  • Our official garden launch will be in May 2016 at Arsenal Park (46th and Indianola). We will need everyone’s help to accomplish this!
  • Garden plots will be FREE this year as we work to build the garden; however, donations are always welcomed. By applying, you commit to assisting with building the garden (building raised beds, moving soil/compost, building partnerships, etc.)
  • Garden plots will be assigned on a first-come first-serve basis with those who applied in 2015 having first priority.
  • Be sure to also complete the participant waiver (one for every member of your family) and review carefully the rules and regulations.

Thank you to everyone, and stay tuned for details on our next meeting; we are amazed by the support this project has received and are thrilled that we have the funds already in place to create a neighborhood resource for years to come!