You’re invited – and for four days only, you can save!
Welcome to our first ever Thankful Thursday, where we feature our partners who put the “community” in community garden! Frankly, our garden would not exist without the support of so many individuals, businesses, and organizations over the years.
From people power (including volunteers, meeting participants, and gardeners) to in-kind donations, discounts on services and supplies, donations of heavy machinery (along with people to use said machinery without crashing), and every single dollar donated, we celebrate every bit of support we have received since dreaming up this garden in 2015.
We launch Thankful Thursdays by introducing you over the next several weeks to the founding sponsors of our first ever Garden Tour, taking place Sun., August 20 from 2-5pm! Today, we start with our presenting sponsor, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center.
The northern edge of the Indiana State Fairgrounds is actually viewable from the garden, and we couldn’t be happier to share our neighborhood with the fine folks there. As presenting sponsors, the Fairgrounds will open their doors to tour participants, allowing us an insider look at the Purdue Extension-Marion County’s Demonstration Garden and Greenhouse.
All tour participants will gain free admission following our tour to enjoy the final evening of the much-loved Indiana State Fair! Did someone say corn dogs, deep fried pickles, and handcut fries? You know where to find us.
MORE FROM OUR PRESENTING SPONSOR
The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center is happy to be the presenting sponsor for the Keystone-Monon Community Garden Tour for 2017. We continue to cultivate the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center as an active and civically engaged community partner, and this event is the perfect platform to support this vision. The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center is host to more than 350 events each year culminating with our signature event, the Great Indiana State Fair. As we celebrate the Wonderful World of Food in 2017, we welcome you to our Fair.
INTERESTED IN ATTENDING?
Tickets are limited and will sell out fast for the first-ever Keystone-Monon Garden Tour!
ADULTS (16+): $10
KIDS 8-15: $5
KIDS 7 and under: FREE
Can’t attend but want to serve as a founding supporter? Donate today: https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/keystone-monon-garden-tour-founding-sponsors-2017
The Keystone-Monon Community Garden is getting SUPER excited as we organize our first ever neighborhood garden tour on August 20! Tickets will be available in early July for the bike tour, and we are working now to garner individual and business sponsorships and support.
We invite YOU – yes, you! – to become one of our founding sponsors! If you support community and making urban agriculture a thing that every city resident experiences as a normal part of their day, we would love for you to donate. Even $5 makes a big difference for a community- and volunteer-driven project like our own!
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.
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
Dear friends of the Keystone-Monon Community Garden,
- 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.
- 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.