Friday, April 30, 2010

IWFM Community Appreciation Event - Save the Date!

The IWFM invites you to an end of season event in recognition and celebration of the vendors, volunteers, and shoppers that have made the IWFM successful in bringing fresh, local, seasonal food and products to the Indianapolis community.

Please join us on Sunday, May 9th at the Earth House at 237 N. East Street for the following festivities (and bring Mom!):

· Pitch-In Dinner

· Community Appreciation Presentation

· Screening of “FRESH” the movie

· Grower/Producer Panel & Discussion

Dinner & Festivities start a 5:15pm – Bring a fresh, local dish to share.

Screening starts at 7:30pm

This event is free, but film seating is limited. If you wish to reserve seats, please RSVP via Facebook or contact All are welcome.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hobbit Gardens Apprenticeship Program

Hobbit Gardens is offering a hand-on learning experience on their organic herb farm in Putnam co-owner Constance Ferry has been growing vegetable, herb and flower plants and produce for 25 years and will share and instruct you in the art and science of organic gardening, herb propagation,growing herbs and vegetables, composting and more.

You will be working in the gardens, the shop and at the events and will attend the workshops on medicine making, folklore and history will be incorporated into our work and learning experience.

In exchange, you will work in the gardens and with the plants for 20 hours each month, April through October. They are flexible and can schedule you hours around school, job, family, your life.,but hours are mandatory. No experience is necessary, just a strong desire to learn about the plants by working with them.

Constance is a master gardener, an herbalist, a member and speaker for the master gardener’s program, indiana organic gardeners assoc., herb society of central indiana, international herb assoc and shares her love and passion with other groups and assoc. around the country. she lives and works on 27 1/2 acres of woods, ravines, pastures and gardens with her daughter.

Call (765)246-6315 or email for more information

May 15th - Pedal Indy

Pedal Indy is a ride to promote cycling as a legitimate form of transportation in Indianapolis. Whether you’re riding to work, the store, or out for a date, Indianapolis has many amenities available and easily accessible by bicycle. read more on

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Support Indy's Progress to be a Bicycle Friendly Community

From our friends at INDYCOG:

Come show your support!

Late last year Indianapolis received a designation at the bronze level from the League of American Bicyclists for being a bicycle friendly community. Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard about it; it did not get a ton of press.

Next Thursday, April 22nd however, the city is making up for it. From 2:00-3:00 P.M. at the City Market, there will be a media event with Mayor Ballard and the president of the League of American Bicyclists, Andy Clarke to highlight the achievement. Whether this was a brilliant PR strategy or not, we have a great opportunity to turn out in mass to show our support for the efforts made by the city to make our home city a better place to ride.

So, with that said, please adjust your day so you can be downtown at 2:00 outside the City Market on a bike if at all possible. We need to turn out to show the Mayor that there are people using the newly added bicycle amenities in the city, and we want more.

This event also has the potential to show a national organization- the League of American Bicyclists that Indianapolis is on the way to being mentioned with Minneapolis, Portland, and D.C. when it comes to bicycle-friendly cities. We are inching up slowly; just last week Indianapolis was ranked 45th in Bicycling magazines America’s Top 50 Bike Friendly Cities.

Anyways, do what you have to do to get there; tell everyone and anyone you know to show up and support bikes in the city. Just imagine the statement that 100 people on bikes in the City Market would make to the Mayor.

INDYCOG will be there, so please join us.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Upcoming Local Food Events

Breaking Bread: Building Community

When: Sunday, April 25, 5-8 p.m.

Where: Gene B. Glick Junior Achievement Education Center

What: A community supper featuring cuisine and performances inspired by Indiana’s multiethnic community. The dinner is a gathering to kick off the Second Indiana MultiEthnic Conference, but is open to the public.

Cost: $25. Scholarships are available. Click here for more information.

RSVP: Reservations are required by April 16. Visit here for more information.

Chew on This

When: Tuesday, May 4, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Various locations around Marion County, including community venues like the John H. Boner Center, and restaurants such as Recess, R Bistro, Santorini’s and Rick’s CafĂ© Boatyard.

What: Part of the IndyTalks series, this one-night event encourages Hoosiers to think, read and talk with neighbors about Indianapolis' food issues. Over dinner, a facilitator will lead a conversation about “From local to global: How can we use Indiana’s strengths in agriculture and artisanal foods to position Indiana globally?” Each location will be limited to 20 people to encourage an intimate, yet fruitful conversation.

Cost: Prices for a prix fixe menu may vary based on location. Free potluck options will also be available. See the list, here.

RSVP: Reservations are required by April 30. Visit here for more information.

Habitat for Humanity Needs Your Support

As published by the wonderful ladies over at Green Piece Indy:

Greenhouse Effect
[green-hous ih-fekt] -noun The phenomenon whereby the kindness and goodwill of one organization is trapped within the atmosphere and causes warmth and compassion throughout a system resulting in a green house.

This summer, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis will attempt to build the state's first low-income home to bear the prestigious LEED Platinum moniker. LEED Platinum certification is the highest designation a home or building can receive from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design program. From Energy Star appliances and a tankless water heater to a solar powered attic fan, CFLs, and native plants galore, this place will truly be green from the ground up.

Construction on the 1,350-square foot home, located near downtown in the historic Cottage Home neighborhood, is scheduled to begin on July 21, and a dedication ceremony will be held on September 3...but not without your help. Habitat is currently about $20,000 short of its fundraising goal. When we heard about the organization's green initiatives and the Pye family (the home's future owners), we couldn't help but lend our support. Giving is easy through our secure PayPal link. Or, if you're more of the hands-on type, consider rounding up a group of friends, colleagues, or classmates to volunteer at the building site. You can also donate items to be used in the house, or drop off gently used home and building supplies at the Habitat ReStore.

Rome wasn't built in a day, friends. Then again, Rome didn't have your Brangelina-like sense of compassion and generosity on its side. With your help, we can create a greener environment for one Indianapolis family - and the planet.

Piece out,
Renee & Meghan

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