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.
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?
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.
- 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!
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