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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Indianapolis Slow Food Garden

It was a gorgeous, sunny day for our trip to the Wishard Slow Food Garden in downtown Indy. I was really looking forward to this tour and was not disappointed. Well, maybe a bit, as we only really had about 20 minutes to poke around and snap photos.. I could have used at least a solid hour. Nevertheless, I did my best and tried to capture some of the variety of veggies that were growing in this space.

We had  a lovely introduction to the garden by the organizer and she explained that one of the goals of the garden is to encourage people to eat local by growing your own, going to farmer's markets, become a member of a local CSA (Community Sponsored Agriculture), and so on. They also have a sizable set of compost bins at the garden, as well as a windmill. I loved the fact that this highly productive (and pretty) space was actually set in the middle of a very urban area and I tried to capture that in my photos..

A lush succession planting of arugula.

So much kale in this garden! And here's my favourite - dinosaur kale! 

Some of the urban infrastructure in the background behind the corn.

Heavenly basil - so fragrant and 3-feet tall!

Sweet potato.. not a usual crop for me, so it was nice to see it in this plot.

Duly noted! And I took a LOT of photos!! :)

Just harvested.. ready for a food bank perhaps?

Purple okra.. so cool!! Again, not a typical Maritime veggie.

Broccoli sideshoots.. yum!

Soybeans - this is what my soybeans usually look like - before the deer eat them!

More beautiful kale. Seriously gorgeous.

Just a lovely garden.

A straw bale garden with a new seeding of salad greens. 

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