Posts tagged ‘health’

Just Grow It

Have you heard about Unity Gardens? They strive to improve community health and build community within the structure of gardens. Not only are they about growing and harvesting healthy food, but also educating the public, from the Growing Summit to weekly Jr. Master Gardener classes. What a great activity for families. You should check it out. Those weekly classes are held on Saturdays at the LaSalle Square Unity Garden (3701 Prast Ave) from 10 to 11:30am.

The network of gardens are all over town, so find a location near you to volunteer and then enjoy the fruits of your labor.  Take advantage of this great resource and tell your neighbors. Also, look for vacant properties near you. Perhaps we could open more of these gardens soon. Let’s plan to clean out potential land during The Weekend Project on October 6th and 7th. Post here if you’d like more info on The Weekend Project.

By the way, they also have a new shirt available for purchase. It’s really quite clever. Pick up your new Unity Gardens shirt at the Urban Garden Market (on Bendix just south of Lincolnway) from 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. Check it out:

For more on Unity Gardens, check out their facebook page or read their blog (here’s that link):


July 1, 2012 at 12:58 pm Leave a comment

What Color is Your Porch?

Or, what Purple Porch would really like to know: How local is your food?

Purple Porch is a member-owned, food co-op. But don’t let that stop you from checking it out. Anyone can purchase from them. And they’ve made it easy with online ordering. For Wednesday pick up (5-7pm) at LangLab (1302 High St), order over the weekend. For Saturday pick up (8-11:30am) at Good Shepherd School, order Tuesday – Thursday. Or, just stop in to those locations during the listed hours and shop!

Purple Porch is “committed to growing a local, sustainable economy that will reduce our carbon footprint through the purchasing of locally produced foods. We aim to connect people in Michiana who want to buy local, organic and/or fair trade food with local growers who produce that food.” Obviously, the quicker food gets from the farm to your table, the fresher it will be.  As Purple Porch continues to point out,  it “… consumes less energy to get to your table, and is ultimately healthier for you and the planet.”

For more info on Purple Porch, check out their website or visit them during the hours/locations listed above:

June 25, 2012 at 3:01 pm Leave a comment

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