Volunteers needed: Farmers Helping Urban Farmers & Conservationists!

Farmers Helping Urban Farmers & Conservationists

farmers helping farmers

Mark your calendar for this Saturday, May 17th–9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (start at Fall Creek Gardens at 9:00 a.m.)

Join us for a day of fun and sun in the gardens.  You are welcome anytime during the day to lend some elbow grease!

Spring is here and everyone is eager to get started with their gardening projects.  The Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District is working with partners Broadway United Methodist Church, Fall Creek Gardens, Highland Vicinity Neighborhood, and Urban Patch to get out and prepare the gardening sites with a layer of mulch, and build some raised garden beds and teaching gardens, as well as urban garden benches.  This is Phase I.  Phase II, on a soon-to-be-announced follow up day, will include planting the garden beds and planting native trees, shrubs and wildflowers nearby to encourage pollinators.

Work will take place at these garden sites throughout the day:

  • 3005 N. Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46205 (Fall Creek Gardens)
  • 30th St. and Park Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46205 (Urban Patch)
  • 29th St. and Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46205 (Highland Vicinity Greenspace)
  • 609 E. 29th St., Indianapolis, IN 46205 (Broadway United Methodist Church)

 

Bring your co-workers, family members, or neighbors and join the staff from the Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Indiana State Department of Agriculture, and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, in addition to volunteers from Broadway United Methodist Church, Fall Creek Gardens, Highland Vicinity Neighborhood, and Urban Patch to lend a helping hand to urban farmers and conservationists as they kick-start their community garden projects.

 

Looking for other ways to help?  We need help with gathering materials for these urban garden sites.  Visit http://marionswcd.org/agriculture/small-scale-farms/ for more information on the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Materials Exchange Program bridging the gap between rural farmers and urban farmers & conservationists and see how you can lend a hand.

 

Think You Can Join Us for the Day?

RSVP Here – YES! I’ll be there! 

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/farmers-helping-urban-farmers-conservationists-volunteer-opportunity-tickets-11604255641

Bring your work gloves, a shovel if you have one, and any other tools. Electric drills, metal garden rakes and wheel barrows will be helpful. We will have some on-hand but additional tools would be terrific to have if you can bring them. Please contact us if you can bring some of these tools. We will start at Fall Creek Gardens for an overview of work to be accomplished and will then move some volunteers to each of the other sites, so feel free to come and go as you can.

Thank you so much for planning to join us—we look forward to seeing you!  If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact Maggie Goeglein, Maggie@fallcreekgardens.org, or Leslie White, lwwhitehouse@msn.com, 765-274-6499.

Huge THANKS go to contributors of needed materials and resources:

  • Big Car
  • Carter Lumber—Pro Build
  • Fall Creek Gardens
  • Local Farmers
  • Green with Indy
  • Health and Hospital Corporation / Marion County Public Health Department / Bureau of Environmental Health / Rodent Control