Monday, July 19, 2010

Thanks to all who came out for Growing Places Indy this weekend!

Many thanks to everyone who came out to our events this weekend to support Growing Places Indy, while stretching your bodies and minds to new lengths!

We had an intimate showing of FRESH the documentary at Perk-Up Cafe on Friday, followed by thoughtful conversation and some great questions. Congrats to Diane & Peter who won the Jack Johnson concert tickets that evening, and special thanks to our gracious hosts - Alice & Jeanette. We raised $85 in donations!

Sunday afternoon we had a small, but hard working group of volunteers show up in
the rain for our Slow Food Garden @WRSP work day. With Kelly Funk* on our hearts and in our minds, we took the KIB truck, tools and materials into the shelther of the parking garage and made great strides in the construction of our 2nd compost bin! Sara, Audrey and Samantha also gave a stellar presentation on composting to those in attendance.

(* Visit the Kelly Funk Recovery Fund site, and keep up to date with John's reports on her progress on the Seldom Seen Farm blog. Please keep sending the positive words, the encouraging energy, and the amazing outpouring of community love to Kelly, John, Laila, and all of their family.)

Sunday evening 30 yogis came out for the benefit class at Invoke Studio.
We shared a lovely evening of yoga, and raised $385 in donations!
Congrats to Dawn, Cary and Andrea who won the evening's Jack Johnson concert
ticket raffle.

All in all that's $470 that will be matched by the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, which means a total of $940 to continue our "growing" efforts. It is inspiring and humbling to be part of a community in which people are so willing to give of themselves, their time, money, energy and love, be it to help a friend in need or a fledgling organization grow. Thank you.

You can make a donation to Growing Places Indy and have it matched by Jack Johnson until we reach our $2500 goal by emailing Laura Henderson at

Thanks again to everyone for the tremendous support and encouragement!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

FRESH Screening at Perk Up Cafe this Friday to benefit Growing Places Indy

Screening of the movie "Fresh" this Friday, July 16 at 6 p.m. @ Perk Up Cafe, presented by Growing Places Indy.

Cost: Donation of your choosing to benefit Growing Places Indy - Cultivating the culture of food and urban agriculture in Indianapolis. All donations will be matched by Jack Johnson's charitable foundation, Each donation of $5 will enter you for a chance to win two tickets to Jack Johnson's concert at Verizon Wireless Music Center on Friday, July 23rd. If you cannot make it to the movie but still wish to donate, please email Laura at

Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, July 16th 12 p.m. Tel. (317) 251-0033.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Support for Kelly, John and Laila

Kelly Funk, wife of John Ferree and co-owner of Seldom Seen Farms, a much loved vendor at IWFM and other Indianapolis markets, was struck by lightning on Thursday while working in the fields. She is in critical condition at Methodist hospital. It will be Monday before doctors know the extent of the damage. Please keep Kelly, John and their 1-year-old daughter Laila in your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Special Yoga Class to Benefit Growing Places Indy

A Special Yoga Class to Benefit

Laura Henderson @ Invoke Studio
Sunday, July 18 @ 6:15 – 7:30 p.m.

Enter to win TWO free tickets to the July 23rd Jack Johnson concert at Verizon
for EVERY $5 you donate!

Laura Henderson and her organization Growing Places Indy are teaming up with Jack Johnson on his 2010 To The Sea Tour and All At Once, a social action network connecting nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community. YOU can join the effort and the fun by attending this special open level benefit yoga class. Every dollar donated will be matched by Jack Johnson!*

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Growing Places Indy is a non profit committed to cultivating the culture of food and urban agriculture in Indianapolis by nurturing community empowerment through the sustainable development of urban farms, farm stands and markets, and food entrepreneurship.

*100% of Jack Johnson's 2008 tour profits were used to establish the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, an endowment founded by Jack and Kim Johnson to support environmental, art and music education now and into the future. As part of the 2010 world tour, the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation will offer direct and matching donations to All At Once partner non-profits. Jack Johnson will once again donate 100% of his 2010 tour profits to charity.