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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.  

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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 by:

·         Getting involved in a community garden

·         Finding a farmers’ market in your area

·         Joining a community-supported agriculture program

·         Setting up a backyard garden