Growing Places Indy, a local nonprofit, recently launched a new program that provides the Indianapolis community with the tools, training, and other resources needed to start a home or community garden. The Plant it Forward Program is open to all Indianapolis residents, community organizations, schools, and churches.
Plant it Forward Program participants will be hand-selected and receive all the needed resources to start a vegetable garden, including small hand tools, seeds, and locally grown transplants. Participants will also receive access to several hands-on workshops, such as Gardening 101, Pest Control, Organic Growing Practices, Soil and Pest Management, Healthy Cooking, and more.
The program aims to support the vitality and sustainability of the region’s agriculture, build long-term economic self-reliance and food security and expand access to high-quality foods in underserved areas through locally grown foods. The current health crises and diet-related issues reinforce the need for fresh produce to be accessible to all; Growing Places Indy hopes to strengthen local food systems to create healthier communities. Through the program, individuals and neighborhoods around Indianapolis will have better access to healthy and sustainably grown produce.
Applications for the annual program are now open, and 25 applicants will be selected and notified in March.
This program is made possible by the Indy Food Fund Grant granted by The Office of Public Health and Safety and the Indy Food Council.