Fall Creek Gardens proudly launched the new Stone Soup Kitchen Garden (SSKG) with its first crop in fall 2013. This exciting new project provides hands on learning opportunities in backyard gardening; fresh, sustainable, local produce; and further beautification of a once-contaminated city lot.
What Is the Stone Soup Kitchen Garden (SSKG)?
The SSKG will be used for three primary purposes, all of which further Fall Creek Gardens’ mission: to cultivate healthy food, people, and communities in central Indiana by empowering home growers, practicing and teaching organic and sustainable methods, promoting community gardens, and providing access to resources.
The garden will be used for:
- Hands on learning opportunities in organic vegetable and herb gardening. Through the SSKG, Fall Creek Gardens will offer gardening and garden-to-table workshops that are truly interactive and tailored to the small-scale, backyard gardener, the focus of our programming and mission. This “demonstration garden” allows our community gardeners, neighbors, and other interested individuals to gain practical experience while exploring different topics in urban food production.
- Production of fresh, sustainable, local produce for the community. The garden’s produce is used for two primary purposes: to provide fresh produce to those in our neighborhood through donations to the Mid-North Food Pantry and as direct “payment” to volunteers who help cultivate and maintain the kitchen garden and for use in food preservation and cooking classes in partnership with the Urban Patch.
- Transformation of a contaminated city lot into productive, beautiful land. Where there was once a gravel lot now lies beds full of lush, green, delicious plants. We anticipate the SSKG will only get more beautiful and productive as time goes on, and we encourage you to watch our continued efforts to remediate our sites’ contaminated urban soil and create a beautiful, productive green space for the enjoyment of the Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood and its visitors
How Can You Get Involved?
The idea for the SSKG has grown from the moral of the stone soup fable: that through the small contributions of many, a greater good is achieved that all may enjoy. Cultivation and maintenance of the kitchen garden will emulate that fable as we invite community members to volunteer their time to help us create something wonderful. Volunteers will take produce home with them so they can enjoy the fruits (and vegetables!) of their labor.
We welcome all levels of support and sponsorship. Thank you for your interest! If you would like to support further development of the kitchen garden, contact Executive Director Maggie Goeglein-Hanna at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank You to Our Supporters!
The Stone Soup Kitchen Garden could not exist without the generous support of Eskenazi Health, LISC Indianapolis, and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. This project was a recipient of the Indy Food Fund’s first ever award grants.