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.

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.

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!

Help Us Make Our Plans a Reality! Join Us for Our Next Organizing Meeting, 6/14/15 at Arsenal Park

As we get close to breaking ground for the community garden, we need YOU – your help, your energy, and your valuable ideas!

Please join us for our next organizing meeting to review our garden design plan and brainstorm fundraising ideas and community partnerships.

WHAT: Organizing Meeting: Garden Design and Fundraising

WHEN: Sunday, June 14, 1-2:30pm

WHERE: Arsenal Park Picnic Shelter Area, 46th and Indianola Ave., Indianapolis, 46205

TO BRING: Your bright ideas, your neighbors or family, and a picnic blanket or folding chair in case the picnic shelter is already in use!

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

For more information or to be added to our email list, contact us at KMCommunityGarden@gmail.com or add us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KMCommunityGarden

Have Garden Stuff You Want to Ditch? Donate to the Keystone-Monon Community Garden!

The Keystone-Monon Community Garden is getting oh-so-close to the point where we can begin building at Arsenal Park! We are so excited, and we hope you join us at Arsenal Park this Sunday, 5/17 from 1-2:30pm for a neighborhood potluck.

It’s amazing how much “stuff” is required to build a garden from the ground up, and we need everyone’s help! While donated funds are AMAZING (please donate here: http://kmcommunitygarden.causevox.com/), so much of what we need might already be lying around in your garage or shed. Or perhaps you have a connection with a hardware store or landscaping company that might be willing to donate a larger item or help us in defraying costs!

GARDEN WISH LIST: Please contact us here or at KMCommunityGarden@gmail.com if you can help!
• Lumber! Specifically, we’re looking at 2x10s or 2x12s in 8- to 12-foot lengths
• Compost/soil mix
• Mulch
• Shed/lockable storage container
• Garden hoses
• Gardening tools: gloves, shovels, rakes, hoes, watering cans – you name it, we could use it!
• Wheelbarrows
• Food scale to track donated produce
• Native perennial pollinator plants and perennial herbs
• Strawberry plants and other berry plants (gooseberry, currant)

Thank you so much for your help, ideas, and connections. Remember, without community, it’s just a garden! If you’d like to get involved or help build the garden, all are welcome. We need YOU!

Christie, Sara, and the entire Keystone-Monon Community Garden

Support Indy’s Newest Community Garden! Many Hands Make Light Work

This spring, a few neighbors got a wild and crazy idea: to create a community garden in the Keystone-Monon neighborhood of Indianapolis. We are proud of where we live, and we want it to thrive because its people are thriving.

We have finally found a location – Arsenal Park, a city park located in the heart of Keystone-Monon. Now we just need to raise the funds needed to begin building Indianapolis’ next community garden!

HELP US REACH OUR FIRST YEAR GOAL BY DONATING TODAY! 

  • Every donation counts and goes directly towards creating and maintaining this beautiful new community space. This project is completely volunteer- and community-driven.
  • We also welcome in-kind donations of anything garden-related, including sheds, wood, soil, compost, and tools.
  • Are you interested in putting in some sweat equity or joining the coalition? Email us at KMCommunityGarden@gmail.com.
  • We welcome business sponsorships and partnerships, and we can put your skills to use, especially for thins like graphic design, website assistance, and much more!

Interested in learning more? Read on!
Land Proposal: Space within Arsenal Park

What we have already learned in these few short months is this: without community, it’s just a garden (and probably not a very successful one at that). What feels like an incredibly daunting undertaking for just one person – finding and securing land, building the community involvement needed for success, seeking out water and supplies, building beds, managing volunteers, and countless other things we haven’t even begun to imagine – seems not only manageable, but fun and fulfilling with many hands, many faces, many ideas driving us forward.

Why a community garden? We want to be a part of creating something bigger than us, something that not only feeds our bellies but also nourishes our minds, our need for social connection and community, our ability to care for ourselves and the motivation and drive to look out for one another. There is nothing more basic, more human than cultivating our own food.

If you share a similar dream, for Indianapolis or your own community, please consider donatingAny amount, no matter how small, will make such a difference. Take a look at our donation tiers and you will be able to see exactly how your donation will help!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support. You can follow our progress here and at https://www.facebook.com/KMCommunityGarden

20150425. Seedling Sale at IPS School 91's Our Community Day.

Arsenal Park, scoping out some space for a community garden.