What a Ride! Garden Tour Recap and BIG Thanks

Last Sunday, we celebrated the beautiful diversity of neighborhood gardens flourishing right here in Keystone-Monon! Our first ever neighborhood garden tour went off without a hitch, and it was so much fun to explore our community with our own neighbors and new friends.

Today, we need to send up one more huge thanks – to the gardeners who welcomed us into their beautiful growing spaces – Caity and Kent, Sharon, Jill, and Steve; to IMPD Officer Jeff Parmalee, who kept everyone safe on our bikes; and to our dear Friends of the Garden supporter, Limelight Coffee Roasters!

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LIMELIGHT COFFEE ROASTERS, Friends of the Garden

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Limelight Coffee Roasters is a small, handcrafted coffee roasting company located in Indianapolis, Indiana. We roast sustainably grown arabica beans from around the world and pay a premium price to support farmers who focus on quality while caring for the environment, their community, and their family. Locally, we strive to provide our community with a diverse variety of coffees with different flavors and aromas.

 

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Our Last Thankful Thursday Before Our First EVER Neighborhood Garden Tour!

This Sunday marks our first ever neighborhood garden tour, and we could not be more excited! Part-fundraiser, part-community building event, and ALL fun, we’ll lead two groups of participants around our neighborhood, getting insider tours of five different gardens.

That means we have one last round of thanks to give for this Thankful Thursday (one day late – it’s been that kind of week). Today, we recognize our Friends of the Garden and In-Kind sponsors: Blice Edwards, Agrarian, Azure’s Secret Handmade Soaps, Britnee King (graphic designer), Bobby Maull (videographer), and Emma Clust (individual supporter).

BLICE EDWARDS, Bags and Water Bottles

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Blice Edwards Inc. is a partnership of artists, Christopher Blice and Jon Edwards. The pair established the business in 1993 after a collaborative project that brought the talents of each together. Before joining forces 24 years  ago, Jon Edward’s educational focus was on Graphic Design and Fine Arts, receiving a BFA in graphic design from the Columbus College of Art and Design. Christopher Blice educational focus was design and product development.

The Blice Edwards studio is located at The Monon Shoppes in So Bro. With over 800 projects under their belt, their offerings on anything creative is beyond anything you can imagine.

AGRARIAN, Friends of the Garden

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Agrarian is a local homestead supply and general store.  We strive to educate and supply our local community with the information and tools to set up their own backyard farm!

 

AZURE’S SECRET HANDMADE SOAPS, In-Kind Sponsor

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Azure’s Secret Handmade Soap has been in business for nearly six years now. We are an Indianapolis company. We absolutely love making beautiful bars of soap and skin care products incorporating many organic ingredients in our products.

 

Special thanks to the individuals who have lent their skills, expertise, and support! 

  • Britnee King, graphic design
  • Bobby Maull, videographer
  • Emma Clust, individual supporter

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.”

Thankful Thursdays: Meet Our Garden Tour Program and Signage Sponsors!

One afternoon, five unique gardens, many neighbors and new friends, and free admission to the IN State Fair. You’ll find all of this and more at our NEIGHBORHOOD GARDEN TOUR on Sun., August 20 from 2-5pm!

  • Tickets are limited and going fast (adults 16+: $10; kids 8-15: $5; kids 7 and under, FREE)
  • Visit five different gardens, including the Demonstration Gardens and Greenhouse at the IN State Fairgrounds; learn from home gardeners right in our neighborhood; meet your neighbors; AND get free admission to explore the last evening of the IN State Fair!

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As the countdown continues – only 17 days! – we want to celebrate our amazing Garden Tour sponsors and supporters in our second “Thankful Thursday.” Today, we meet our tour program sponsor, Hope Plumbing, and signage and printing sponsor, Markey’s Rental and Staging.

HOPE PLUMBING, Garden Tour Program Sponsor

Our friends at Hope Plumbing are right up the street from the garden and have also helped us out tremendously by installing and fixing our garden’s water source!

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Hope Plumbing is a locally owned and operated full service residential plumbing company located in SoBro that specializes in older homes. We offer a wide range of plumbing services and can take care of any plumbing issues you may have in, or outside, of your home. Hope Plumbing is a little over 10 years old and employs approximately 30 full time employees. We strongly believe in taking care of our employees by providing competitive wages, health insurance benefits, and retirement plans. Hope Plumbing supports its local community as much as possible.

MARKEY’S RENTAL AND STAGING, Garden Tour Signage and Printing Sponsor

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Markey’s Rental & Staging is a national rental and staging/audiovisual company headquartered in Indianapolis since 1959. We have the largest inventory of high-quality audiovisual equipment in the Midwest and more than 160 professionals who support important events, conferences and corporate meetings that take place all across the United States.

DON’T MISS OUR FIRST EVER GARDEN TOUR! 

  • For details and to purchase tickets today, visit our Eventbrite page.
  • To be part of the community, follow us on Facebook.

Namaste: Yoga in the Garden Turns Out to Be THE BEST THING EVER

About a month ago, one of our neighbors and new friends, John-Payton Rowley of SoBeFit and yogaindy.com, approached us with a great idea: yoga in the garden. Earlier this week thanks to JP, we hosted our first by-donation Yoga in the Garden class, and we could not have pictured a more beautiful way to spend a Tuesday evening!

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Not only was the day a gorgeous one (always a big question mark in Central Indiana at the end of July), but JP walked us through a wonderful, energizing, grounding yoga practice. We heard the sounds of the park – a basketball bouncing on the court, kids playing in the splash pad, a skateboarder at the skate park, laughter, car stereos going past on 46th St., birds chirping in the treetops above, and the breeze rustling through leaves. We watched ants make their ways across our mats and felt grass in our fingers. JP encouraged and smiled and laughed, and we smiled and laughed back.

Long story short: it was a perfect evening with some really wonderful humans. We cannot thank John-Payton enough for bringing this idea to fruition!

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To us, this is what community’s all about: an amazing neighbor who has a clear passion and skill that jives perfectly with what we’re trying to accomplish, offering up a great an idea, making it happen seamlessly and beautifully… AND watching our neighbors, in turn, come out in droves to be a part of it!

We will be bringing JP back as soon as we possibly can in August for another great evening! THANK YOU to JP and to everyone who made it such a great success.

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In the meantime, we will be hosting a second Yoga in the Garden gathering with Lisa Daugherty of CITYOGA on Tues., Aug. 1 from 6-7pm. This special evening will be held in conjunction with the Keystone-Monon Neighborhood Association’s National Night Out at Arsenal Park! Yoga, a garden, and a neighborhood potluck? Talk about good community vibes.

Thankful Thursdays, Garden Tour Edition: Meet the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center

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.

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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.

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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.

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INTERESTED IN ATTENDING?

Tickets are limited and will sell out fast for the first-ever Keystone-Monon Garden Tour!

  • For details and to purchase tickets today, visit our Eventbrite page.
  • To be part of the community, follow us on Facebook.

Love Community and Urban Agriculture? Consider Supporting Our FIRST Neighborhood Garden Tour!

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!

Visit our online fundraising page today to show your support, or contact us at KMCommunityGarden@gmail.com if you would like to sponsor a specific garden tour item, like one of our tour stops! 

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