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Peaceful Grounds to be Developed in Southport

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Peaceful Grounds Café and Farm Market: A Center for Agriculture and Sustainable Living


The City of Southport knows how to build and sustain a community for life. Part of that commitment has been demonstrated in their new partnership with Global Peace Initiatives. Global Peace Initiatives (GPI) is a not for profit organization with a powerful mission to create transformational opportunities for individuals and communities through food growing and service initiatives that promote sustainability and peace. GPI’s new social enterprise is coming to Southport as Peaceful Grounds Café and Farm Market: A Center for Agriculture and Sustainable Living. The new venture will drive redevelopment of the abandoned Redi-Mix Concrete facility behind Gerdt’s Furniture.

Farmers, food buyers, people who want to learn how to garden and people who like to eat will all be interested in this community development initiative. Peaceful Grounds Café and Farm Market will serve as a hub for local growers and food buyers from throughout Central Indiana. As a hub, Peaceful Grounds will create a central market for exchange from farmers to restaurants and individuals, making Perry Township a much needed year round destination point for all local food fans. Peaceful Grounds Café will serve up healthy local foods and operate a commercial kitchen. As one of the more important aspects of the mission, Peaceful Grounds Center for Agriculture and Sustainable Living will offer educational opportunities in gardening, food preservation and some of the craft arts that help make life more sustainable. The on-site farm will show case food grown in highly fertile soil created through intensive vermiculture production (worm farming).

We know that local food is fresher, healthier and as an industry can be used to help build our economy. Home-based gardens are a way that people can grow their own food and increase the level of food security for their families. Peaceful Grounds will serve as an educational and demonstration site for urban gardening and provide training and support to people who want to create sustainable food systems for food production and preservation.

GPI’s work has gained significant notoriety nationally, as world renowned Will Allen and his team at Growing Power have selected GPI to lead their regional training center programs in Central Indiana. The first Growing Power “From the Ground Up Workshop” will take place in March 2012.

On October 8, 2011 Peaceful Grounds was featured during the Southport Fall Festival. On October 22, 2011 we hosted an open house from at Peaceful Grounds.

For more information about this exciting initiative or to volunteer, please contact;

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 November 2011 10:32


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Global Peace Initiatives is supported by the generous contributions from the Efroymson Family, which is one of the funds that make up the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

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Global Peace Initiatives events were selected five years in a row for inclusion in IUPUI Polis Center’s Spirit and Place.