Yoga Series

Practice the benefits of mind-body education.

Join us for our year-round donation-based yoga classes in partnership with incredible volunteer yoga teachers from around the city with the purpose of providing an accessible wellness space for people from all over our community to practice breath and movement together.

Benefits:

Through support from lululemon Indy in Keystone at the Crossing, 100% of donations from yoga classes directly benefit the Indy Winter Farmers Market’s SNAP matching program.

Class Style:

Classes are taught by yoga teachers from studios all across Indianapolis. Each teacher brings their own unique style of experienced teaching. Every class is open to all levels of practitioner, from beginners to experienced students.

Yoga Series Schedule

When: Every Saturday from November through the end of April. Where: The Circle City Industrial Complex, 1125 E Brookside Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202 Cost: Free/donation-based Any donation amount is welcome, suggested donation $10 Mats are available to use at no-cost

Volunteer to Teach In Our Yoga series

When:
Every Thursday June through the end of September
Where:
GPI Farm Platform, 727 N. Oriental Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 behind our shipping container on the platform
Cost:
Free/donation-based
Any donation amount is welcome, suggested donation $10

Mats are available to use at no-cost

Summer Programs

Gain hands-on experience with urban agriculture.

Our adult Summer Apprenticeship Program and High School Program serve as an opportunity to be fully immersed in the work of Growing Places Indy.

Program Overview and Applications

The Adult Summer Apprenticeship is a transformational experience which serves as a springboard for participants who are ready to commit to this 6-week immersive program. Participants are challenged to consider what change they want to see in the world and are trained in skills they can employ to take personal and sustainable action. Participants build lifelong relationships within their cohort; deepen their self-knowing, self-understanding and self-confidence; and have the opportunity to meet many leaders and entrepreneurs doing transformational work in the Indianapolis area, including several past apprentices. The aim is to provide space to empower participants to align mind, body, and spirit through the power of food and community.

Overview:
The group takes bi-weekly trips to visit farms and food system related businesses and community organizations working to shape the Central Indiana food and farming landscape. They spend time learning hands-on farming techniques and lessons from our skilled farm team. The group spends time multiple times weekly doing various yoga and meditation techniques, and having powerful conversations.

Ideal candidates are ready and open to new experiences, interested in food, farming, and various wellness practices. This program is ideal for people of all ages at least one year post High School, and is particularly ideal for educators, aspiring farmers, people interested in self and community exploration. Participants leave the program with new building blocks, new perspectives, tools, and connections.

General Schedule:
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
Mid-June through Late July

Additional Requirements:
Mandatory Orientation and One-Saturday final ceremony.

Benefits:
Participants will receive a weekly veggie share from the farm during their apprenticeship. GPI is happy to accommodate a recommendation letter or school credit affidavit if requested.

Application and final dates for Summer will open in February 2020.

Adult Application Form

The High School Summer Program at the GPI farm is highly customizable based on a student’s summer plans and goals. We ask students to commit to at least one regular day volunteering on the farm per week. Students also have the opportunity to join the adult group to visit many farms, food system related businesses, and community organizations working to shape the Central Indiana landscape. Ideal candidates are fairly independent, ready and open to new experiences, interested in food, farming, and/or wellness practices.

Benefits: 
Students will receive a weekly veggie share from the farm during their apprenticeship. GPI is happy to accommodate student with a recommendation letter and school credit affidavit if requested.

Application for Summer will open in February 2020.

Teen Application Form

Workshops

Learn about the wonders of nature & urban life-cycles!

No matter the specific focus, our workshops always center around farm activities — from planting seeds, amending soil, pruning, harvesting and tasting produce with an attention placed on using our senses to experience the beauty, abundance and life-cycles of the farm. 

Current Offerings

The summer camps teach practical tools for gardening, healthy eating and mindfulness. Near-east side students spend time on the farm every summer through partnership with the Boner Center. Students, grades 2nd-9th, who are enrolled in summer camp including Boneroo and EDGE camps, join GPI for fun lessons on the farm. Students are encouraged to explore, create, and try new things through outdoor art projects, mindfulness practices, cooking, and hands-on farm activities like harvest and seed planting. The goal of the summer camp programs is to provide time and space for students to connect through fun and learning with their outdoor environment, their food, and natural life cycles.

Request a kids’ workshop

Growing Places Indy regularly hosts workshops available to the public, such as Walking and Tasting on the farm, Tomatoes 101, Mindful Eating or other garden, cooking, or mind-body education topics. This is a great chance for the public to learn directly from our experienced team of farmers and to ask questions openly.

Farm Consultations

Help grow sustainable farming efforts in Indiana.

Growing Places Indy farm consultations are highly customizable and allow organizations to participate in urban agriculture. We have partnered with Eskanazi Hospital, Live Nation, The Patachou Foundation and Eastern Star Church, just to name a few.

Farm consultation may include elements such as:

  • Assistance creating a detailed outline of farm layout and site map
  • Soil, mulch, and amendment recommendations
  • Building specs and materials list for raised beds
  • Watering infrastructure recommendations
  • Production area plans
  • Education area plans
  • Plant starts (grown organically on our farm)
  • Building supervision and coordination
  • Long or short-term farming and/or technical support
  • Master Farm Plan document

Current & Past Projects

If you’re interested in partnering with Growing Places Indy for a Farm Consultation, please fill out the form below. Or, email Phil, our Director of Farm Operations to begin the consultation process at phil@growingplacesindy.org. It may be helpful to include your initial ideas for location, funding, and mission/vision in your email.

Request a Consultation

Tours

Take a tour of the Growing Places Indy farms!

Are you interested in visiting one of the many sites we farm on? Visit our Urban Farms page for a complete list and description of our locations. Locations are open to the public. Please see the guidelines for taking a self-guided tour below. 

Things you should know before talking a self-guided tour through the farms:

  • Guests are free to walk through the farms at any time during daylight hours
  • Please be respectful of the plants and soil by only walking on designated paths and between rows
  • Please refrain from picking more than a sample of any of the produce
  • Please no not pick flowers
  • Please keep in mind that plants can be easily damaged and our farm relies on the productivity of our plants to continue operating
  • We love for guests to enjoy the sights and smells of the farms! Feel free to gently touch and smell plants

Guided Tours

The best days for tours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. If it is possible for you, we ask that your group consider making a small donation as part of the tour experience. A donation is not required for us to accommodate a tour. Donations help Growing Places Indy continue working toward creating sustainable organic farms in the downtown Indy area for everyone to enjoy. Your donation to GPI is fully tax deductible.

Simply fill out this quick form to request a tour with one of our staff members or volunteers. Once form is submitted, we will review your request and get back with you as quickly as possible. We prefer at least two weeks between submission and tour date requested.

Request A TOUR

We happily accept donations of any size. Typically we ask for $5-10 per person.

*Donations are not required to take a tour.

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