Global Peace Initiatives is a part of Food Con III at the Harrison Center for the Arts. Food Con is a collaboration of the Harrison Center for the Arts and Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology. Global Peace Initiatives will feature the art of recycling for use in your home gardens. Our reuse of windows to create decorative cold frames will keep you in fresh herbs all winter long. 

FoodCon III, is an unconventional convention celebrating the art and culture of food in Indiana. Participating artists include Maren Bell, whose two-part show Urban Gardens will include both paintings and an interactive mural that invites viewers to create urban green spaces on a large scale city skyline. City Gallery will feature Civic Food - new work by Carolyn Springer. Also exhibiting: Holly Childress and Erica Cunningham.

In the courtyard, enthusiasts from a wide variety of organizations involved in the local food movement will circle up to provide a feast of information about community supported agriculture, beekeeping, urban farming, animal husbandry, cooperative groceries and much more. In Gallery No. 2, participants can view photographs of Indiana chefs, farmers, entrepreneurs and other figures who are making this an exciting time in Indiana food. Attendees can add to the statewide map of Indiana food stars, write a six-word story about Indiana food and purchase a copy of Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest.

Global Peace Initiatives latest initiative is Peaceful Grounds, which serves as a community development project being developed one volunteer at a time. Some of the creativity shown at the Harrison Center for the Arts this evening have been developed at Peaceful Grounds. As a regional training center for Will Allen's Growing Power, Peaceful Grounds Center for Agriculture and Sustainable Living serves as the most accessible hub for learning about urban agriculture and sustainability techniques in Central Indiana.

A Sacred Fire will burn around 1:00pm on Saturday, which is Linda Proffitt's Birthday. Come place a log on the fire at Peaceful Grounds. Closing at 5:30pm

Bring your own anything, especially your peace. We've got the wood and warmth for it. Saturday is going to be a beautiful day.

There is a place for you around the fire.

Peaceful Grounds
167 Van Dyke Street
Southport, Indiana 46227.

If you can't join us, consider throwing a log on the fire for Global Peace Initiatives. Click here to donate.

The Texans are coming and they want to make big impact. Alternative Spring Breaks where service is the mission are becoming more important to some university students than tanning on a beach. Students and faculty from Southern Methodist University, which is located in Dallas, Texas are traveling to Indianapolis March 11-15, 2013 to provide a week of backbone to the community redevelopment project.

Peaceful Grounds is a comprehensive community redevelopment project located in suburban Southport, Indiana. Once a heavy industrial concrete plant, the facility is located in the middle of a quiet residential community of Southport, which is one of the unincorporated areas of Indianapolis. The Peaceful Grounds location sat empty for 10 years and finally was given to the City of Southport as a gift from the private owner.

With a long term lease in hand, Global Peace Initiatives is working with volunteers to redevelop the project, one volunteer at a time. The overall plan for the facility includes a demonstration farm for organic urban agriculture, a training facility for intensive agriculture, a working farm, craft arts, farmer's market and eventually a cafe. Peaceful Grounds Center for Agriculture and Sustainable Living opened in March 2012. This unique project will be the target of the SMU servant leaders, who intend to make capacity fulfilling enhancements toward the development of the farmer's market. Peaceful Grounds Farmer's Market is scheduled to open in late April on Sundays from Noon to 3:00 pm.

Global Peace Initiatives, Peaceful Grounds Initiative in Southport, Indiana serves as one of the 15 regional training centers for Growing Power. Growing Power has been the location where representatives from Global Peace Initiatives all were trained in the intensive organic urban four season growing processes.  In Milwaukee at Growing Power, these mature food systems demonstrate how we can develop greater food security in communities. Global Peace Initiatives, Founder and Executive Director, Linda Proffitt, will address the current class of students in Growing Power's Commercial Urban Agriculture Program, which comprised of students from all over the world. The lecture will occur as a result of their training mid February and is not open to the public.

For more information about Peaceful Grounds please follow this link.

For more information about Growing Power please follow this link.

The Peaceful Grounds Initiative moved to the Marion County Fairgrounds in June 2013. The Marion County Fair unexpectedly featured Peaceful Grounds as a new exhibit during the Marion County Fair. Hundreds of people toured the new home for Peaceful Grounds and enjoyed the worm, chickens, ducks and Trixie, the "World's Largest Rabbit."

Our move to the Marion County Fairgrounds occurred one week prior to and during the 2013 County Fair. Our volunteers logged 100s of hours moving Peaceful Grounds and helping fair administration facilitate the big event.

Peaceful Grounds Farm and Arts Market will re-open mid July at the Marion County Fairgrounds.

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