How You Can Support Indiana’s Black Farmers Right Now

Thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest police brutality against Black people—not just in the United States, but around the world.

We encourage everyone to join the fight and speak out against injustices by marching in local protests, signing online petitions, donating, and calling your elected officials. Still, there’s another way to fight systemic racial inequality, and that’s by putting your money where your mouth is. Commit to supporting local Black-owned businesses.

Did you know Black owned farms make up less than 2 percent of all farms in the United States? We at Growing Places Indy recognize that the Black members of our community are hurting immensely right now. We recognize that we cannot be silent about these issues, and that we must use our platform to lift up Black communities and do what we can to fight injustice, inequality, and hatred in Indiana. 

We are committed to using our resources and voice to bring diverse communities together through the act of growing food. That is why we’re highlighting Indiana’s Black farmers and farms. These communities need our support now. We encourage you to use your platforms, your purchasing power, and your voices to support Indiana’s Black farmers and make a difference. 

Read more about some of Indiana’s Black-owned farms and how you can support them. 

Solful Gardens 

Solful Gardens, LLC. is an Indiana State Department of Agriculture recognized Indiana Grown natural produce provider in Central Indiana. Their mission is to make fresh, natural and healthy produce available to all with an emphasis to those where food options are a challenge with the goal of disrupting the current industrialized food system. Solful Gardens brings quality food access to urban areas that are under served with an overall focus toward food equity.

CONNECT with them on Facebook.

Lawrence Community Gardens 

Lawrence Community Gardens is growing food to be donated to the pantries, senior homes, and community organizations on 7.5 acres of land donated to us by Monarch Beverage. Their 6 acre garden is located in Lawrence and our vision is to provide fresh, affordable produce to their community and support local food pantries.

DONATE to Lawrence Community Gardens. 

The Elephant Gardens 

The Elephant Gardens is a family owned and operated urban farm. They grow all organic produce in an Indy food desert. Their purpose is to promote healthy diets, engage and train the youth of the community to grow organic vegetables and fruit, and foster a positive community environment in which to raise families. 

SHOP their produce and other goods.

Legacy Taste of the Garden 

Legacy Taste of The Garden is a family farm operation that was created to pass on generational knowledge of sustainable and entrepreneurial living. Legacy Taste of The Garden desires to help bring back the knowledge of growing and using fresh produce, and teaching how to obtain a lifestyle in agriculture, entrepreneurship and self sustainability. Their aim is to close the gap between local producers and the local community; this will help support the community’s economic vitality. They want help to empower individuals and communities to become self-sustaining and economically sound through education, networking, and providing information on a healthy, sustainable, empowered life.

SHOP their produce.

Felege Hiywot Center

The Felege Hiywot Center’s mission is to serve urban youth of Indianapolis through teaching urban farming and environmental preservation. Specifically, the center offers a Youth Farming Initiative, in which students work side by side cultivating crops, growing friendships, and developing life skills. Students gain the knowledge and skills of growing sustainable food, as the initiative combines language arts, math, science, and social studies with horticulture lessons.

DONATE to the center.

Indiana Black Farmers Co-Op 

The Indiana Black Farmers Co-Op works to educate their community on how to grow and preserve their own food and to improve soil and crop health. They also work to engage our youth in activities and programs that foster cooperative community farming and money management. They collaborate with urban farmers to increase the quality and quantity of nutrient-rich, wholesome, and natural produce in food deserts.

Farms that work with the Co-Op include: 

Mother Love’s Garden

Mother Love’s Garden’s goal is to help their community sustain itself for years to come. Mother Love’s Garden provides healthy produce to low-income neighborhoods at affordable prices. They also sell produce in other areas at market rate. They focus on teaching others to garden, maintain healthy soil, and preserve produce.  

Three Sisters Garden 

Three Sisters Garden is a half-acre plot that lies within the northwest corner of the 7.6 acres of Lawrence Community Garden. Cheri Hood, a homestead gardener of ten years is the manager. She took on this project to better serve her community, by offering organic produce at affordable prices to her neighbors. She also wanted to put into action the use of her Urban Agricultural Certificate from Purdue Extensions. By engaging her neighbors and youth in this community, she hopes to share her knowledge of the benefits of a plant based diet and to introduce other fruits and vegetables that many of us are reluctant to try.

DONATE to the Indiana Black Farmers Co-Op.

Did we miss one? Let us know at info@growingplacesindy.org.

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