- Published: 03 July 2014
A vision being brought to life by people like you.
In six years we developed 46 Peace Gardens - all with the purpose to grow food to feed the hungry. Each Peace Garden was associated with a food pantry for distribution to people in need. What we discovered was several fold:
- First, many people in the urban environment did not know how to garden anymore. Most were two and three generations away from the knowledge for growing their own food.
- Second, many people had no knowledge their food was grown out of the ground - often believing food came out of a box or bag rather than a garden.
- Third, soils in many Peace Garden sites contained environmental hazards and safe urban farming practices mandate the development of barrier layers and safe fertile compost.
As a result, we developed the vision for the Peaceful Grounds Initiative. We wanted to develop a farm to fork model that would serve as a destination point for community learning about urban agriculture and sustainable living.
The Peaceful Grounds Initiative project began development on an abandoned site in southern Marion County, Indiana. After two years of soil development the initiative moved to the Marion County Fairgrounds. Peaceful Grounds is now located at the Marion County Fairgrounds, which is well suited for and shares the mission to provide agriculture exposition to Marion County. Built through volunteers, in the first year the Peaceful Grounds Initiative facilitated 2092 youth in service for 18,623 volunteer hours. Check out pictures of their efforts here. We are very proud and grateful to them for their accomplishments and contributions in these first three years.
The Marion County Fairgrounds is a great new home for every aspect of this important initiative. With vast landscape and a shared mission, several component parts of the Peaceful Grounds Initiative are operational.
- Peaceful Grounds Farm and Arts Market is the newest and largest year-round market to feature local foods and craft arts.The Peaceful Grounds Farm and Arts Market operates every Sunday, Noon to 4:00 pm, rain or shine. Vendor fees are $25 a week. Food vendors must pre-register, Craft arts vendors can just show up. Vendor and public entry to the Peaceful Grounds Farm and Arts Market is located at 7300 E. Troy Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46239. Use the east entrance at Gate 5 off Fisher Road.
- Peaceful Grounds Center for Agriculture and Sustainable Living operates a demonstration farm and large worm farm in order to create safe soils. Peaceful Grounds demonstration farm offers diverse educational opportunities, based on daily farm activities. The on-site farm provides a show case for year round food growth, hydroponics and highly fertile soil created through intensive vermiculture production (worm farming). Volunteer Orientation occurs Saturday from 9:00 am to Noon. Reservations are required.
- Peaceful Grounds Village Stage is the newest venue in Marion County to provide visitors with a down home location for their next event. The Peaceful Grounds Village Stage is a permanent full size stage, which may be perfect for your next educational seminar, performance or event. Rental fees are available on request.
GPI’s Peaceful Grounds Initiative has gained significant visibility and acc laim nationally, as world renowned Urban Farm pioneer, Will Allen and his team at Growing Power have selected Peaceful Grounds to serve as a regional outreach training center for their trainings in the Growing Power way in in Central Indiana.
For more information about this exciting initiative or to volunteer, please contact;