Whew! It’s been a busy summer and things here at the Gardens are speeding right along.
Here’s a snapshot of our recent activity:
1. Organic gardeners love our classes!
In July, attendees were able to learn about:
- Gardening with Native Plants, taught by Tom Hohman with Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society.
- Organic Pest Control – continuing our mission to educate gardeners about sustainable and chemical-free gardening.
- Backyard Chickens, hosted by South Circle Farm and taught by our very own Maggie Goeglein!
We have several classes coming up in August, including:
- The ever-popular and delicious Growing and Using Culinary Herbs with Master Gardener Julie Iverson on August 9th.
- Container Gardening at South Circle Farms on August 23rd.
- The Kitchen Garden: Seasonal Eating in August from Your Backyard with Tradeschool Indy also on August 23rd.
- Canning Tomatoes
Please see our calendar to learn more and to register for these classes.
2. Thanks SO Much to Our Volunteers!
July saw 126 volunteers donating 692 hours and completing a variety of important tasks and projects – the biggest of which undoubtedly was the filling of almost 1000 feet of new raised beds for the teaching garden with mulch and dirt; a monumental task! These beds will assist us in hands-on teaching and provide even more produce to donate to our neighborhood Mid-North Food Pantry and our volunteers.
3. We’re in the News!
Executive Director Maggie Goeglein was interviewed by NPR for their No Limits show, for a discussion on urban greenspaces and their importance. The show aired on Tuesday, August 5th at 1pm and you can listen to it online here:
4. Community Involvement
Our Gardens continue to brighten and engage the Fall Creek Neighborhood, but we are always looking for to ways to interact with and support the community around us.
- For instance, we partner on a weekly basis with a local Girl Scout Troop who have, among other things, significantly improved the parking lot across from our base in Unleavened Bread Cafe with mulch and flowers. We wish these hardworking young ladies all the best and look forward to hearing about their future achievements and working with them again next year.
- We recently participated in a one-time Farmer’s Market at 38th and Meridian; our booth boasted resource literature and even two chicks from our new flock! Needless to say, they were a big hit with market attendees of all ages.
- A big Thank-You to our neighborhood partners New Circle Church and Tabernacle Presbyterian Church, who have organized many of our recent volunteer groups. It would have been impossible to accomplish so much without them.
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