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The Children of Indiana Nature Park

The Children of Indiana Nature Park

Let’s reboot our kid’s interest in nature! -By Melissa Moran and Laura Sertic Did you know kid’s need nature? Research shows that children who spend time outside are more creative and are better problem solvers. They’re healthier, more physically fit, more confident, better test takers, and less stressed.  Re-establishing a connection to nature is vital to the health and well-being of children, their families, and their communities. What’s more, we need kids to connect with nature. Because when you connect with something, you care about it and when you care about something, you want to protect it. To foster healthy…
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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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Soundtrack for a Hoosier Green Legacy

Soundtrack for a Hoosier Green Legacy

All great celebrations need music, right? Thankfully, we weren’t the only ones to think so. As we prepare to head into the last six months of our Bicentennial celebration year, an amazing group of Hoosier musicians have shared their extraordinary talents and creativity to bring about this album, “Songs of Sustainable Indiana” to help us set our Green Legacy to song. The collection features many beloved local artists, such as Carrie Newcomer, with her song “Geodes.” The album begins with rising stars, Lily and Madeleine, sisters from Indy, and their song “The Devil You Know.” Bloomington singer-songwriter, Travis Punterelli is…
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Cicero’s Green Legacy

Cicero’s Green Legacy

We were delighted to present the Town of Cicero with a Bicentennial Green Legacy Community Award this past week. Among their notable achievements, Cicero has educated the public about Storm Water in the past 2-3 years by including projects like artist-designed rain barrels and incorporating 2 new rain gardens in the Red Bridge Park. The town is in the process of converting all their outdoor lights to LED bulbs. Cicero city officials have increased green development standards for new development, increased public awareness and opportunities for recycling days, planted 20 trees annually, joined the Tree City program as a designated community, and achieved CLEAN Communities status…
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