Growing Places Indy
We are a 501c3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to empower people to cultivate personal, family and community wellness through urban agriculture, access to fresh local food, and mind-body education.
Grow Well, Eat Well, Live Well, Be Well. It’s our mantra, it’s who we are, it’s why we exist, and it guides our mission to cultivate personal, family, and community wellness through urban agriculture, food access and mind-body education. It is also the progression of how this organization has grown, and the four pillars of our educational experiences.
Starting with a single garden in White River State Park in the summer of 2010, GPI now manages four urban farm sites totaling 1.5 acres, and has helped numerous other gardens and urban farms take root in Indianapolis. Since 2010, we have grown our farm production and sales from serving a handful of restaurants, to serving more than 40 Indianapolis restaurants and grocers and an annual Vegetable Subscription Program (CSA) for 20-30 households.
In 2012, GPI began offering a farm stand at the Boner Fitness and Learning Center and incorporated the Indy Winter Farmers Market (IWFM), making fresh, local foods available year round. Two years later we built out Indy’s first urban U-Pick veggies site, which is open with the Summer Farm Stand. GPI also offers two SNAP matching programs at the IWFM to ensure the quality foods offered are accessible regardless of income level.
We have incorporated yoga practices and philosophy into our educational offerings since 2011, and in 2013 we began offering regular by-donation yoga and meditation classes in the community. In the same year, we piloted our first Live Well classes, incorporating gardening, cooking and nutrition, and mind-body education.
Each year, we witness with delight as our daily work, integrating the cultivation of gardens and local food systems with the cultivation of human well-being, comes together in the form of people who feel empowered to Be Well. We witness with awe how seeds planted in gardens, hearts and minds, change lives, families and communities. We witness our mantra – Grow Well, Eat Well, Live Well, Be Well – come full circle and cycle forward again and again.