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.

And Just Like That, the Garden Is READY… Thanks to Our Neighborhood Friends and Supporters!

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?

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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.

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  • 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!

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Construction Begins! Applications, Meeting Minutes, and a Big Thank You

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 herePlots 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.

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.