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!
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.
A garden timeline: Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Summer 2016.
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 here. Plots 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.