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Farm Sites

Growing Places Indy currently farms at the Boner Fitness and Learning Center, the Slow Food Garden at Cottage Home, and the Slow Food Garden at White River State Park.

Boner Fitness and Learning Center

RAISED BEDS: Our work at the Boner Fitness and Learning Center began in 2012, managing 2,500 square feet of raised beds. The produce from the raised garden beds makes its way into the Indianapolis woodshed through our Veggie Share/CSA Program and direct sales to local restaurants.

U-PICK: In 2014, we launched a 13,000 square foot U-Pick farm, making this our largest site. Anyone can come pick and purchase their own produce on Thursday evenings, 4-7pm, from early June to mid-September. Visitors can save money, experience the fun of picking their own fresh produce, learn how food is grown and ask a farmer all of their questions about preparing, storing or growing their own food. During this time, we also offer pre-harvested produce at the Farm Stand.

GREENHOUSE: In addition to the Raised Beds and U-Pick, we also manage a 1,000 square foot greenhouse. All plants for all of our sites are started from seed in this greenhouse and are transplanted throughout the season. We also grow microgreens, pea shoots and sunflower shoots in the greenhouse.

Slow Food Garden at Cottage Home

At the corner of Michigan and Oriental Streets in the Cottage Home neighborhood is our 2,200-square-foot micro-farm, nestled on a residential lot. The lot is in a high-traffic area for cars, buses, bikes and walkers, and we hope this site stimulates people to think about the role of urban agriculture in residential areas. The lot has been part of various urban farming operations since 2008, and Growing Places Indy has managed the site since 2012. Food grown at this site is distributed to local restaurants, as well as for our Veggie Share/CSA Program.

Slow Food Garden at White River State Park

Located between the JW Marriott Hotel on Washington Street and the Indiana State Museum, we have been growing food at the Slow Food Garden at White River State Park since 2010. This farm site is nearly 6,000 square feet and provides produce for our Veggie Share/CSA Program and local restaurant orders. The garden’s location means that nearly 3 million visitors each year could interact with this urban farming site, and our hope is that it stimulates visitors to ask questions about the role of urban agriculture in Indianapolis and in their home countries, cities and towns.