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: would you like to be featured in our first neighborhood garden tour? We need you – contact us at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
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.
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.
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:
- Thursday, 4/13/17, 6-7pm: Keystone-Monon Neighborhood Partnership (KMNP) Meeting and Callout, Gallery Pastry Shop, 1101 E 54th St. Suite G Indianapolis, IN. 46220
- Sunday, 4/23/17, 10am-4pm: Indy Urban Flea – Community garden seedling sale, seed giveaway, and fundraiser
- Saturday, 4/29/17, 10am-12pm: Great Indy Cleanup with KMNP
- Sunday, 5/21/17, 3-4pm: Garden Workshop: Healthy Soil, Healthy Garden with Kevin Allison from Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District
- Sunday, 8/20/17, 2-5pm: Keystone-Monon Grows: Neighborhood Garden Bicycle Tour
- Wednesday, 8/30/17, 6-7:30pm: End of Year Garden Celebration and Potluck
*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!
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?
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.
- 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!
Just one year ago, we had a huge neighborhood crew moving truckloads of mulch by the wheelbarrow-full to begin building the garden! We cannot wait to see how we grow together in the coming year as we enter our second growing season. Grow on, Indy!