Fall Creek Gardens – I-What is a Community Garden

What is a Community Garden?

In its simplest form, a Community Garden happens when two or more people gather to plant a garden on common space. It can be urban, suburban, or rural. It can include flowers, vegetables or community. It can be one community plot, or many individual plots. It can be located at a school, hospital, church, fire or police station, or in a neighborhood. Gambling has never been so exciting as with 100 deposit bonus. Just in a few minutes and in a few clicks and you are already there, in the world of easy money and fun!

What are the benefits of a Community Garden?

  • Improves the quality of life for people in the garden
  • Provides a catalyst for neighborhood and community development
  • Stimulates social interaction
  • Encourages self-reliance
  • Beautifies neighborhoods
  • Produces nutritious food
  • Reduces family food budgets
  • Conserves resources
  • Creates opportunity for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education
  • Reduces crime
  • Preserves (or creates) green space
  • Creates income opportunities and economic development
  • Reduces city heat from streets and parking lots
  • Provides opportunities for intergenerational and cross-cultural connections
  • Increases outside time
  • Saves money on food
  • Creates opportunities for exercise and stress reduction

Source: adapted from the American Community Gardening Association (http://www.communitygarden.org/)


Why plant a Community Garden?

Grow gardening skills

  • Learn from others
  • Discover new interests and specialties, such as perennials, bulbs, or trees
  • Bring together people from diverse cultural and age backgrounds
  • Teach children

Create environmental education opportunities

  • Learn about soil and water conservation
  • Care for your own parcel of land
  • Improve urban soil and air quality
  • Create havens for beneficial insects

Increase neighborhood involvement

  • Encourage cooperation among neighbors
  • Strengthen ties to business, schools, city agencies, and community groups
  • Develop leadership

Enhance community pride

  • Enhance neighborhoods through greening
  • Beautify vacant lots, front yards, streets, and business districts
  • Decrease crime

Produce food and improve health

  • Expand the family food budget
  • Improve diet
  • Learn to preserve harvests
  • Exercise
  • Share with others
  • Increase food security/access

Source: adapted from Neighborhood Harvest


Community Gardening/Urban Agriculture in Indianapolis

Community Garden/Urban Agriculture dates of significance

  • 1940s: Albert A. Moore leads Urban Agriculture program at Flanner House in response to the Great Migration of African Americans from the south to the north.
    Read more about Mr. Moore’s work http://www.urbanpatch.org/roots.html
  • 1975: Mayor’s Garden Project launched.
  • 1978: Master Gardener program launched in Marion County.
  • 1985: Indianapolis is one of 23 cities in the United States to participate in a federally-funded program to promote community gardening in public housing. The Roots of Ruckle, Mapleton-Fall Creek Garden, is considered the first in that project. Kathy Harting, then community garden coordinator for the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service in Marion County, oversees the effort. The Urban Gardening Program launched, later renamed the Capital City Garden Project.
  • 1986: Beville Sunshine Harvest Community Garden begins (later renamed Dewey’s Sunshine Community Garden). This garden continues after a two-year break.
  • 1996: GreenSpeak, a newsletter of the Capital City Garden Project begins publication
  • 1997: First summer of community gardening project at the Governor’s mansion, spearheaded by Judy O’Bannon. Project continued until 2003.
  • 1997: American Community Gardening Association meeting held in Indianapolis.
  • 2006: Survey of Community Gardens conducted by Angela Herrmann
  • 2009: Community Garden Resource Center proposal approved as part of the Broadway United Methodist Church Miracle on 29th Street initiative
  • 2011: Community Garden Resource Center evolves into Fall Creek Gardens The Urban Growers Resource Center with a partnership with the Unleavened Bread Café and land located at 30th St. and Central Ave.
  • 2012: Updated survey of Community Gardens conducted by April Hammerand, Food Coalition of Central Indiana; Angela Herrmann, Fall Creek Gardens, and Steve Mayer, Purdue Extension.
For a survey of community gardening in Indianapolis from the mid 1970s to 2006, see the report, Community Gardening: A Path to Food Security in Indianapolis.


Fall Creek Gardens: Urban Growers Resource Center
Mail: P.O. Box
88321; Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
Gardens: Central Avenue at 30th Street
With much gratitude
to the Efroymson Family Fund,
a CICF Fund!

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