This Holiday Season, We Celebrate YOU!

Happy holidays from the community garden to all in our community! As we close out the garden’s second growing season, we celebrate YOU.

Everywhere you look at the Keystone-Monon Community Garden at Arsenal Park, you see community. From donated lumber to countless volunteer hours to donated seeds and plants to our gardeners’ green thumbs, our garden would be nothing without community.

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As we reflect on 2017, we thank all in our community who made this year such a success: our gardeners, our generous sponsors, and our community supporters. We are so grateful for you!

WHAT WAS NEW IN 2017?

  • In August, our first Neighborhood Garden Tour raised over $600. Close to 30 participants visited five different gardens, and we welcomed the support of 11 business sponsors!
  • We started a by-donation yoga series in 2017, Yoga in the Garden. Huge thanks to founding partner John-Payton Rowley, SoBeFit, and yoga instructor Lisa Daugherty, CITYOGA, for their time and energy. We hope to continue in 2018!
  • We built three new garden beds: two waist-high, accessible beds, thanks to the work of gardener Liz Laughlin, owner of Limelight Coffee, and a large communal bed, thanks to a wonderful group of volunteers who served in honor and remembrance of one of their loved ones. To connect with that amazing group of volunteers filled our hearts and reminded us of why we do this. Huge thanks to the Marion County Master Gardeners Association whose generous grant paid for these exciting infrastructure additions!
  • We added compost bins and a blueberry patch.
  • We hosted a seed giveaway, garden soil workshop, and seedling sale, open to all in our community.
  • We partnered with so many in our community! We would be nothing without our community partners and supporters. Please support them year-round and during this holiday season. And the biggest thanks go to Indy Parks and Recreation for their continued support of the garden.
  • We gardened! 20 gardeners and families grew food for themselves all summer long, bringing home fresh, organic produce and learning side by side.

WHAT DO WE HAVE PLANNED FOR 2018? We have many exciting plans for the coming year! In 2018, you’ll see:

  • Updated garden signage to tell our story and help community members connect with the garden and each other when they visit.
  • Website updates, including a recipe corner, virtual garden tour, gardener biographies, and other activities.
  • Expanded educational and social opportunities to continue building community through activities rooted in gardening, health, and wellness. And more yoga!

JOIN US! In 2018, we hope you join us or continue being a part of what makes our garden such a wonderful place: community.

  • Applications for garden plots for the 2018 season will be available January 1!
  • Contact us at kmcommunitygarden@gmail.com or on Facebook with your ideas or questions.
  • Interested in becoming a financial supporter or in-kind donation opportunities? We would love to talk with you! Contact Christie and MaryAnna at kmcommunitygarden@gmail.com.
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Thankful Thursdays: Our Garden Stop Sponsors Are Tops!

We are ELATED to share that our neighborhood’s first ever garden tour officially sold out this weekend. (And then we opened up a few more tickets, just for those last-minute folks who recognized the error of their ways in not getting a ticket).

The countdown continues – only 10 more days! – help us thank our amazing Garden Tour sponsors and supporters. Today, we recognize our garden stop sponsors: Black Circle Brewing, Just Pop In!, the Keystone Monon Neighborhood Association, and Kolman Dental.

BLACK CIRCLE BREWING, Garden Tour Stop and Gift Sponsor

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Black Circle Brewing Company is equal parts micro-brewery, craft beer bar and music venue. We are located in the Double 8 warehouse, now called Refinery 46, in the Midtown / SoBro fringe. We share the building with several local businesses and a co-op working space on the lower level.

Our focus is on quality local craft offerings and brewing our own versions of our favorite beer styles. We have a unique relationship with Elena Ruz Cuban Cuisine, which offers our guests a full menu in the tap room and allows us to focus on the beer. We will regularly host live music events, movie screenings and other local artists and entertainers. We also have an ever expanding collection of vintage arcade games, so bring a handful of quarters with you.

JUST POP IN!, Garden Tour Stop and Gift Sponsor

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Just Pop In! was established in 2003 and created by dynamic twin sisters, Mandy & Carly. Inspiration stemmed from evenings spent popping with their Grandfather. They develop playful and scrumptious recipes for the nostalgic snack and place them in hip, thoughtful and snappy packaging.

JPI believes the quality of their product is equally as important to the experience they offer their clients. They are dedicated to a culture of happiness, open-mindedness and co-existence. Their company philosophy has earned national, regional and local awards and the attention of clients like IndyCar, PGA, NCAA, Christian Dior | Nylon magazine, to name a few.

Mandy and Carly are passionate about supporting their local Indianapolis community. They are proud partners of various organizations that offer invaluable services to the community such as The Damien Center, Indiana AIDS Fund, Habitat for Humanity, The Julian Center and The Patachou Foundation.

Popcorn isn’t just popcorn to the girls; it’s a catalyst to sharing in an experience with the people they meet each day, whether a friend, family member or stranger on the street.

KEYSTONE MONON NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, Garden Tour Stop and Gift Sponsor

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The Keystone-Monon Neighborhood Partnership was formed in February of 1995. It is run by residents of the area in cooperation with local authorities and organizations whose mutual goal is the betterment of the community.

The purpose of this organization is to maintain open lines of communication within the neighborhood as well as between residents and the resources available to assist them. In doing this, we feel the neighborhood becomes stronger and more stable for the long term.

KOLMAN DENTAL, Garden Tour Stop and Gift Sponsor

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Kolman Dental, PC is here to help you maintain optimal oral health. We strive to provide excellent comprehensive and preventative care while maintaining a relaxing environment. Our state of the art office is conveniently located in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis, IN. We look forward to meeting you! Dr. Kolman also believes very strongly in giving back to the community. He is a graduate of the Ardeth Burkhart leadership training series. He is on the board of directors for the Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis as well as on a task force for the United Way of Central Indiana. Dr. Kolman was also appointed to the American Dental Association’s Business Enterprise board of directors. He is also a current member of the American Dental Association, the Indiana Dental Association, the Indianapolis District Dental Society, Key Point study club and the ITI study club.

Thank you for putting the “community” in “community garden.”

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