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Fort Wayne Farmers Market: Buy Local, Buy Fresh

Fort Wayne Farmers Market: Buy Local, Buy Fresh

In October 2012, Ft. Wayne’s Farmers Market (FWFM) began as one of the few year round, producer only farmers markets in Northeast Indiana, running just one Saturday a month.  With great success early on, the market then moved to two weekends a month shortly after its inception.  In four short years, our vendors have become more sustainable and growers have learned how to produce even in the harshest winter months.  Beginning in October 2016, we will be open EVERY Saturday; rain or shine, cold or stifling hot!   Even in the harsh Indiana’s winter, our growers have overcome obstacles and have…
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Experiments in Soil and Hope

Experiments in Soil and Hope

-by Nicole Bauman Being a farmer is unpredictable in ordinary times, and only made worse by the erratic weather patterns brought on by global climate change. This spring, one that was colder and wetter than “usual” (whatever that means anymore!), I found myself drawn into what can seem like the unavoidable and existential worries of a farmer, concerned about the endless unknowns that are always outside the farmer’s control. When I rose one spring morning for my daily field walk, I was devastated to see that slugs had wreaked havoc on my tomatillo and tomato plants. Yet another “failure” in…
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Urban Farming in Gary Downtown-Emerson

Urban Farming in Gary Downtown-Emerson

Urban Farming Comes to Downtown-Emerson:  A collaboration of Growing Power, Progressive Community Church, F.A.I.T.H. CDC, the Legacy Foundation, and Gary Downtown-Emerson Spotlight. Working to serve the needs of people in the Gary Downtown-Emerson area experiencing poverty, blight and a lack of fresh, healthy food choices, the urban farming project is just one small part of the revitalization efforts, but it has a huge impact on quality of life. F.A.I.T.H. CDC is made up of members of Progressive Community Church, Agape Ministries, and Saint Monica and Saint Luke Catholic Church, as well as other organizations. Curtis Whittaker of Progressive Community Church…
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Floral Footprints: Bluebird Flower Farm

Floral Footprints: Bluebird Flower Farm

(ed. Bluebird Flower Farm is formerly Petals @ the Market) We are learning that flying fresh flowers all around the globe isn’t good for our planet (or frequently our workers) and even flowers grown in hothouses can have a huge carbon footprint. Local flowers that are part of our landscape are a lovely way to brighten your table top sustainably. When we visited the farmer’s market in Orleans last month, we stopped by Bluebird Flower Farm’s stall. Owner Stephanie Todd told us about her idea to make the most of her summer break as a teacher to sell flowers from her…
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A Fresh Look at Irvington

A Fresh Look at Irvington

Summer Sunday afternoons in the Irvington neighborhood of Indianapolis are special. Around 10am, tents start popping up all over the northwest corner of Ellenberger Park (5301 East Saint Clair) and tables are put out. Within just an hour or so, booths full of fruits & vegetables, crafts, art, soaps, and honey are greeting people and selling their products. It’s not the only farmer’s market of its kind, but it’s a welcome fixture in a state that continues to get 90% of its food from outside our borders. We took full advantage of our afternoon at the Irvington Farmers Market, walking around…
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