Fall Creek Gardens – GLog


Welcome to Fall Creek Gardens: Urban Growers Resource Center. Here we’ll post regular updates from our work on our GLog (Growers [Web] Log).

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  • Hi, My name is Sedrick and I am new to the green thumb gang! I would like to make stro g lasting connections and friendships. I am very interested in vrowing my own fruits, vegetables and medicinal herbs, I am also very interested in purchasing myself a few fertile hens and rooster and a fertile male and female turkey to have myself a makeshift little farm. The only problem is that I live in the city and I need to establish a relationship with a few down to earth people that will be comfortable enough to allow me a landsharing opportunity to raise my live stock and crops. Naturally I would be open to some sort of barter system agreement so that this landsharing opportunity would be mutually beneficial. So here I am ready to dig my heel in and grow a whole new life. My motivation for all of this is not just the Monsanto push in America, but generally just taking care of myself. Also with the way that the world food market is going this intiative seems lkke the common sense thing to do. I look forward to making new associations that will hopefully develop into friendships. I can aslo be found on linkedin under Shrewdis Hawkins. Thanks for your time and I look forward to learning and growing together!

  • 09 Oct 2012 7:35 PM |
    Maggie Goeglein (Administrator)

    If you have yet to visit our page on, don’t wait another minute!  We are working hard to raise the necessary funds to transform the north wall of the Cafe building into a big, beautiful mural of sunflowers in a field. 

    It doesn’t take much to have a part in this piece of public art–click here to see the design and learn more:

  • 11 Jun 2012 12:46 PM |
    Maggie Goeglein (Administrator)

    “Everything that slows us down and forces patience,


    everything that sets us back


    into the slow circles of nature, is a help. 


    Gardening is an instrument of grace.” 

    -May Sarton



    I can be an impatient person. 


    Perhaps you are familiar with this feeling too? 


    While I love to dream and brainstorm with others, when I have a task to do, I want to get it done and see some results!  I don’t want to wait.


    In the garden, however, there is a very different timeline.  You can’t rush right into the harvest season; you can’t stick a plant in the ground and start picking its fruit.  With a little patience, a little time, a little care…the garden will grow and become an abundant source of food, beauty, and fellowship.  If you’ve been by our gardens lately, then you are seeing this happen along with me.  What a wonderful, hopeful place our community garden has become!


    “Community” is vital to Fall Creek Gardens, and we have been blessed by the gifts and hard work of a wide variety of volunteers this spring–a fundamental part of our community!  We’ve had two formal volunteer events:  the Great Indy Clean Up at the end of April, and Key Bank’s Neighbors Make the Difference Day in late May.  These dedicated people came from both near and far to help clean up our lots and beautify the gardens.


    We’ve also had a wealth of help that has come to us without any fanfare:  a garden wagon left anonymously on the patio…a donation of lumber to start construction on our storage shed…barrels of water and donations to the water bill during a springtime drought…hours of work cataloging our resource library…a hard working gardener who waters any plot that looks thirsty (not just his own)…and individual who donates an extra hour to weed the orchard…. 


    Thank you all for making Fall Creek Gardens flourish!!


    As we move into the summer season, be sure to check out our calendar of events ( and join us for a workshop, community garden pitch-in, or party in the garden (we’re working on a 4th of July celebration with the Shortridge High School Jazz Band!!  Stay tuned!)  In the meantime, watch for a pumpkin patch next to the community garden beds, and much, much more.  As always, don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions or suggestions:


    The more time that I spend in the garden, the more I believe that “grace” can be found there.  Won’t you stop by someday soon and experience it for yourself?






    and the Fall Creek Gardens Staff

  • 19 Mar 2012 7:19 PM |
    angela herrmann (Administrator)

    The new Garden Safe, Garden Well: An Urban Gardening Guide, is just about to hit the press. We have linked a PDF here and on our Growers Resources page.

    This guide serves as a resource for safe gardening in the city, where soils sometimes contain lead and other contaminants.
    Dig in, safely, that is!

  • 05 Mar 2012 9:25 AM |
    angela herrmann (Administrator)

    Can you hear them? All you have to do is kneel down, put your ear to the ground and listen … what you hear is the sound of many hungry earthworms munching through organic matter and improving your soil. 

    While it might be a tad early for us to get out and dig around in the soil with our earthworm friends, it wasn’t too early for some 70 people to show up Saturday for a standing-room-only workshop at the Indy Winter Farmers Market (IWFM) to learn about seed starting with Tyler Henderson.
    Tyler Henderson.
    Then later in the day, Matthew Jose met up with eight gardeners at the Unleavened Bread Cafe for a talk on the advanced topic of cover crops, which can be used for large or small scale fruit and vegetable production to improve and nourish your soil.
    Matthew Jose.
    On Wednesday the 28th, some 30 residents and friends of Fall Creek Gardens dropped by to find out how they can garden in the new raised beds at 30th and Central. If you missed the meeting but want to participate, it’s not too late. Let us know!
    Garden Beds.
    So, just as activity is increasing below the soil surface, so is activity at Fall Creek Gardens. Check our Web site for the latest workshops and volunteer opportunities.

  • 20 Feb 2012 9:56 AM |
    angela herrmann (Administrator)

    Check out Saturday’s Indianapolis Star feature on Fall Creek Gardens, “Once-vacant lots in Mapleton-Fall Creek will bear fruit and more: Fall Creek Gardens, a 1,700-square-foot community garden, is a place where residents come together to learn about gardening and grow food.” Thank you, Barb Berggoetz, for the shout out.

    Meanwhile, with spring right around the corner, things are picking up at Fall Creek Gardens. On Tuesday the 28th, we’re inviting neighbors to an organizational meeting who want to garden at 30th & Central. Be sure to check our calendar for upcoming workshops!
    Coming soon: a guide to community gardening in Indianapolis! You’ll be the first to hear about it when it’s ready for distribution.
    Volunteer opportunities are growing at Fall Creek Gardens. We’ve already started seeds at a nearby greenhouse and plan to plant more. Stay tuned! Do let us know how you want to be involved.

  • 28 Dec 2011 3:12 PM |
    angela herrmann (Administrator)

    Ok, so we’ve not been around long enough to totally justify an annual report, but as we close out our first year, we wanted to take an opportunity to share what we’ve done and give a shout out to those who made it all possible. 

    Download our 2011 Annual Report.

    Here’s to a great 2011 and an even greater 2012.

  • 13 Dec 2011 11:10 AM |
    Maggie Goeglein (Administrator)

    Great news!

    We are very pleased to announce that Fall Creek Gardens has been selected as a recipient of the United Water Green Infrastructure Grant for 2011, funded through the generosity of United Water! 

    With this grant, Fall Creek Gardens will build a rainwater catchment system to drain the roof of Unleavened Bread Cafe, storing the rainwater in a cistern for irrigation use in the garden. 


    Additionally, the grant will pay for the creation of a covered patio, whose roof will also drain to the cistern, and an area for bike and scooter parking adjacent to the Cafe.  We look forward to doing our part to conserve water and reduce run-off and sewage-overflows during storms by capturing and reusing rainwater.

    Fall Creek Gardens would like to express our sincere gratitude to:

    • United Water for this award of $15,250 and for their commitment to efficient and sustainable water management in Indianapolis  
    • Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund, for generously providing matching funds of $4000 toward this project
    • Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation for many hours of hard work and assistance with the grant application process
    • Indianapolis Healthy Start program, Broadway United Methodist Church, Unleavened Bread Cafe, and Jackie Nytes for their letters of support.

    Construction on this project will begin before the end of the year!  Be sure to swing by the garden (on Central Ave, just north of Unleavened Bread) and take a look at our progress!

  • 28 Nov 2011 11:13 AM |
    Maggie Goeglein (Administrator)

    Already missing getting exercise in the garden? 

    Not quite ready to settle down inside for the winter?

    Well, Fall Creek Gardens could use a helping hand!  We have two volunteer opportunities coming soon, and we hope that you will join us:

    • On Saturday, December 3rd from 9:00 a.m. until noon, we will be working with the teens from the BRIDGE youth boot-camp to prepare our site and make it ready for an orchard.  Tools will be provided, but if you can bring along an extra wheelbarrow or a favorite rake or shovel, that would be appreciated.  We will be moving some mulch and soil, and repositioning our compost system.
    • Then, on Wednesday, December 7th at 1:00 p.m., join us as we plant the first of our trees and shrubs for the Fall Creek Gardens Orchard!  Keep Indianapolis Beautiful will be there to help, and we hope you will be too.  Tools will be provided.  Come lend a hand, say hi to your neighbors, and help us get our orchard off to a great start!  

           Please let us know that you are coming by registering:           Orchard Planting with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

  • 04 Nov 2011 11:15 AM |
    Maggie Goeglein (Administrator)

    We are sorry to announce that the Mushroom Cultivation workshops scheduled for November 12th with Magnificent Mushrooms are cancelled due to low registration.

    We will be working to bring this fantastic opportunity to the Indianapolis community in the spring.  We hope that you will be able to join us then to learn about this intriguing genre of urban growing!

    If you have any questions, please contact Maggie at or 317-513-9752

    Thank you!

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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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