Peaceful Grounds Café and Farm Market: A Center for Agriculture and Sustainable Living
A vision being brought to life by people like you.
GPI’s new social enterprise is coming to Southport, Indiana 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. This redevelopment project is ongoing. Like any new venture you have to begin from the ground up. In the past month, we facilitated almost 600 volunteers who are literally helping us build the soil for Peaceful Grounds Farm. Check out pictures of their efforts here. To check out a video of our Open House click here.
Our volunteers know that 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. Their enthusiasm has shown us that Peaceful Grounds Café and Farm Market will become a hub for local growers and food buyers from throughout Central Indiana. What we intend is a central market for exchange from farmers to restaurants and individuals. We know this initiative will create a year round destination point for all local food fans. When the restaurant is open, Peaceful Grounds Café will serve up healthy local foods and operate a commercial kitchen. As one of the more important aspects of the initiative, Peaceful Grounds Center for Agriculture and Sustainable Living will offer diverse educational opportunities, but initially focus on 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 had an open house attended by hundreds of people. They enjoyed mini workshops and fun for all with the Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest, face painting, apple dunking, food carts and more!
For more information about this exciting initiative or to volunteer, please contact;