Calling All Home Gardeners: Apply by May 21 to Be Featured at Our SECOND Annual Neighborhood Garden Tour!

Would you like to be featured in our second annual neighborhood garden tour? We need you! CONTACT US BY MAY 21 at kmcommunitygarden@gmail.com to apply to be a featured tour stop.

 

On Sunday, August 19 from 2-5pm, the Keystone-Monon Community Garden will host our second annual garden tour highlighting 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 3-4 different home gardens in the Keystone-Monon neighborhood, a tour of the community garden at Arsenal Park, and end at the demonstration gardens at the Indiana State Fairgrounds and evening at the fair.

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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Namaste, One Week from Today: Yoga in the Garden Returns

NEW THIS YEAR – yoga in the garden was so popular last summer that we’ve decided to host a weekly class starting Tuesday, May 1! Every Tuesday from May through August, we will be hosting our by-donation Yoga in the Garden class. Bring your yoga mat (if you have one – extras will be available) and water bottle, and wear comfortable clothes that let you move. Pay what you are able, and ALL are welcome!

WHEN: Every Tuesday from May 1-August 28, 6-7pm
WHERE: Keystone-Monon Community Garden at Arsenal Park, 1400 E. 46th St., Indianapolis IN 46205

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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: John-Payton Rowley is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Personal Trainer, Athletic Trainer, Mentor, and Youth Development Coach. He started his career at the YMCA working with the youth leadership program. He received his teacher training through CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health which changed his life and gave him an invaluable deeper understanding and connection to the earth, our environment, and how we grow our food. He has a powerful intention to connect yoga and community gardens and to showcase the love and understanding of our community on a deep level. He is the resident yoga teacher at SoBeFit in South Broad Ripple and manifests human transformation, mind, body, and spirit.

“Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace.” — May Sarton

Six Days Away: Our Spring Seedling Sale and Mother’s Day Pop-Up Shop!

The countdown to our Seedling Sale and Mother’s Day Pop-Up begins! This Saturday, April 28, we will have over 300 beautiful seedlings for your garden. All proceeds benefit the Keystone-Monon Community Garden, which is a completely volunteer-, donation-, and community-driven endeavor.

This year, we’re also featuring two of our garden friends’ amazing businesses to make this a one-stop shop for the mom or mom figure in your life. You’ll find beautiful seedlings, gardeners soap from Azure’s Secret Handmade Soap, locally roasted coffee from Limelight Coffee Roasters, crafts and gifts for the kids to put together for mom, and we’ll even have extra seeds on hand to give away.

DATE: Sat., 4/28 from 10am-noon

LOCATION: St. Paul’s On the Way, 803 Broad Ripple Ave. (Sale is on the second floor, and there is ample lot parking across the street from the Broad Ripple post office – and street parking, too).

Come say hi, and tell your friends! Thanks to St. Paul’s On The Way for hosting us in their beautiful Broad Ripple space and Whole Foods Market (Indianapolis – 86th St.) for their generous seed donation.

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Calling All Neighbors! Give Back to Your Favorite Neighborhood Community Garden, Sat., 4/14

T-minus 10 days until our spring cleanup day is here! Remember, YOU put the “community” in “community garden,” and we need your help.

This is the garden’s biggest work day of the year, and we are thrilled to partner this year with the Keystone Monon Neighborhood Association and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to give back to our entire neighborhood.

ACT TODAY: RSVP online, visit our Facebook event page, and share the flyer at your favorite neighborhood haunts or email it to friends!

WHEN AND WHERE: Saturday, 4/14, 9am-noon at Arsenal Park (1400 E. 46th St).

WHAT TO BRING: All ages welcome; dress for the weather, and bring a water bottle, work or garden gloves, and shovels, pitchforks, rakes, and a wheelbarrow if you have them!
We are so grateful for your support! Help us make a HUGE difference in just a few hours.
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FREE SEEDS! Don’t Miss Our Spring Kickoff and Seed Giveaway on Weds., 2/21, 6:30-7:30pm

We are kicking off our THIRD growing season with our seed giveaway and season planning meeting! Meet your neighbors, help brainstorm events and education workshops we’ll host this summer, and get plenty of free seeds thanks to our friends at Whole Foods Market.

WHEN: Wednesday, 2/21/18, 6:30-7:30pm
WHERE: ACE Preparatory Academy, 5326 Hillside Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46220

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MEETING DESCRIPTION: Each year, we spend our first meeting talking about all of the ideas everyone in our community has for the garden. Whether it’s social gatherings, yoga in the garden, educational workshop ideas – we base the garden’s activities around what our community would like to see. Come share your ideas!

We also have plenty of seeds to give away, generously donated by Whole Foods Market on 86th St., to get you started this spring. Even if you aren’t planning to join the community garden this year, don’t miss the free seeds for your home garden!

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.

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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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.