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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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JAVIER’S BISTRO

“In Puerto Rico, everything is about love, and so it is with the art of making food. It’s about nurturing it.” So says Javier Mendez, of Javier’s Bistro in South Bend Indiana. His burgers are exceptional, as well as his varied menu, partly because he doesn’t believe in just tossing something in a pan to cook it. His burgers are rubbed with herbs and spices before cooking, and entrees are seasoned and balanced across the food groups. Puerto Rican flavors begin with fresh vegetables and spices, blended to impart that layered flavor that is much more satisfying than adding more…
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Greener Scenes Aquaponics

Greener Scenes Aquaponics

A ride at Disney World has put one Terre Haute father on a mission to secure our food supply here in the Wabash Valley, by using aquaponics. The Living with the Land ride at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., educates guests about the future of food production. The slow-moving ride caters to pre- and grade-schoolers, but Mat Pollom, 38, exited the ride wanting to know more. At the conclusion of his family’s Disney stay in 2007, he went back for more, this time backstage. Still, Mat had so much curiosity bursting through his brain he convinced his family to take…
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Urban Farming for Social Mission and Good Eating Too

In 2012 Rick and Karen Hersberger felt a calling to be more involved in their faith community and the needs of those living in the city. So, they sold their 9 acre property west of Anderson, IN, and moved into the city. Their new property included a vacant lot next to the home which they promptly turned into an urban farm. They named their farm NERKA Faith Farm, an “acronym for our awesome family, (Niki, Eli, Rick, Karen, and Amanda)”. They define their mission as: “To get involved in the community. Bring awareness about urban gardening. To show Christ in…
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Good Gardening Advice

Good Gardening Advice

Jim DeCamp has been gardening his whole life and drew inspiration from watching his grandparents’ garden. Pam began 32 years ago in 1980,feeling compelled to be self-sustaining and in harmony with the land. Starting up was a trial and error process,learning along the way,especially since they do not use pesticides or fertilizers. It takes time to learn what works and what does not for your plot of land. Each year the DeCamp Gardens experiments with new techniques such as companion gardening. Additionally every year they try out new and unique varieties,such as purple green beans,white cucumbers,purple potatoes,or black tomatoes. Satisfaction,accomplishment,self-fulfillment…
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