The Office of Sustainability is
spearheading efforts to promote urban gardening and sustainable agriculture initiatives
as both a solution to food insecurity and a community-building opportunity.
Growing food in a neighborhood garden allows communities to produce their own
local food supply, ensuring fresh, high-quality food is accessible in
neighborhoods that are devoid of affordable grocery options. Urban gardens have
also been proven to lead to increased physical activity and food-health
literacy, and a stronger sense of empowerment and connectivity in a community.
Horse Shoe Harvest Urban Garden
In 2011, the Office of Sustainability partnered with
the Department of Metropolitan Development and the Indianapolis Land Bank to
launch the city’s Urban Garden Program. This program allows community groups and individuals
to turn abandoned and underutilized land managed by the Land Bank into urban
gardens. More information on this program can be found under the Indy Urban Garden tab on the left.
To stem from the sucess of the Urban Garden Program, the Office of Sustainability is asking residents to help us
identify where new community gardens have sprung up outside of the program by
reporting them here. Connecting residents with local fresh food, and gardeners
with peers and resources, is important to the continued advancement of urban
agriculture in Indianapolis. Further, mapping urban gardens in relation to food
deserts is crucial to solving food insecurity in our city.
In addition to helping the Office of
Sustainability identify new gardens, residents can support urban agriculture
Getting involved in a
Finding a farmers’ market in
community-supported agriculture program
Setting up a backyard garden