October 2011

Yearlong Digging Deeper film and book series begins at Fall Creek Gardens

Fall Creek Gardens, a resource center for urban growers in Indianapolis, has launched Digging Deeper, a book and film series that illustrates what other communities are doing to promote urban food production.

The series will alternate between books and films. You can anticipate lively conversations with the neighbors in and around Mapleton-Fall Creek and others in Central Indiana who would like to spend time talking and dreaming about urban gardening and farming. Organic, home-popped corn will be served.

For more information about the series or about Fall Creek Gardens, contact Maggie Goeglein or Angela Herrmann at (317) 644-8286, or To obtain books, please contact the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library or a locally-owned bookstore.

The Digging Deeper Series, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Mapleton Fall Creek Community Development Corp., 130 E. 30th St., Indianapolis

Nov. 3, 2011, The Garden — Nominated for Best Documentary Feature Oscar in 2009, this film tells the story of a 14-acre garden in South Central Los Angeles. Some of the city’s poorest farm the land, which is threatened by developers. The film raises universal questions about liberty, equality and justice in the garden.

Dec. 1, 2011, Food not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community, by H.C. Flores, is an engaging book that combines practical wisdom on edible garden design and community-building. It presents a fresh perspective and shows how to reconnect to the earth and to our communities one garden at a time.

Jan. 5, 2012, Urban Roots — A timely, moving and inspiring film that follows the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit. The film speaks to a nation grappling with collapsed industrial towns and the need to forge a sustainable and prosperous future.

Feb. 2, 2012,  Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture by Mark Winne looks at a rapidly growing alternative food system. The book introduces readers to innovative people reclaiming their connections to their food and their health and embracing the great American tradition of self-reliance.

March 1, 2012, City Farmer: Survival in the Urban Landscape is an award-winning film that depicts one of the most successful community garden movements ever—one that grows more than $1 million in produce annually, which in turn is shared with those in need.

April 5, 2012, Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew prepares gardeners for spring planting. Revisit this classic guide to laying out, planting and maintaining a productive, attractive garden in any amount of space. Learn to make the most of your garden while conserving the resources and labor required.

The vision of Fall Creek Gardens is to provide support to home and urban food production by practicing and teaching organic and sustainable methods of growing food, encouraging community garden space (virtual and physical) and by providing access to tools, supplies and information.

2011 Indiana native plants conference focuses on corridors and connections

November 12, 2011
7:30 AMto5:00 PM

The 2011 Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society’s 2011 conference Connectivity & Corridors covers the science and issue beghind interest in corridors. Habitats are fragmented and wild places are few and far between. We can create landscape corridors between disconnected fragments of plant and animal habitats. Leave with ideas about specific plants tht can create a functioning corridor in your own backyard or neighborhood.

When: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 12, 2011

Where: Schwitzer Student Center, University of Indianapolis, 1400 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis

Admission: $60 INPAWS member; $75 non-member, $35 student

Registration form