INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Urban Acres, an 8-acre organic farm, is a partnership between IU Health, Indy Parks, the Indianapolis Parks Foundation and The Glick Family Foundation in support of Gleaners Food Bank and produced a total yield of 35,619 pounds. The organic produce was harvested and donated to Gleaners Food Bank for distribution throughout Marion County.
This summer, more than 1,000 Indy Parks day campers visited the farm, learning how food is grown and more importantly how to grow their own. This was done with the help of over 600 volunteers who came out to the farm. “Indy Urban Acres is proof in action that Mayor Greg Ballard is committed to more urban gardening, while engaging communities and neighborhoods and supporting Gleaners Food Bank.” said John Williams, Indy Parks and Recreation Director.
“The community has embraced the project and because of them our success was possible.” said Tyler Gough, Indy Urban Acres Farm Manager. “ We planted a nice variety of vegetables, but more importantly we planted possibilities and dreams.”
A new greenhouse has been constructed to accommodate winter gardening. “As we transition into another holiday season, the Parks Foundation is thankful to have played a role in this essential project,” said Indianapolis Parks Foundation President Tanya Husain. “We are grateful for the support of IU Health, the farm staff, community and hundreds of volunteers who have made this growing season fruitful and beneficial for so many families in our city.”