Urban Farm help with Aquaponics, Permaculture, Neighborhood Engagement in Indianapolis Indiana, USA


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    Our Urban Farm is a 100-year-old farmhouse on 2 acres with 5 bedrooms and 4 baths. a barn and carriage house both having two levels. We want to rebuild the farm in connection with the neighbors.
    We are located in Indianapolis Indiana, a fairly large metropolitan area with many cultural and recreational options. The local bus system (Indygo.net) stops right in front of the house which makes it possible to visit anywhere in the whole county.
    We are working on a two acre plot which is the original farm location for the far eastside which was subdivided in the 60's. It is quite unique to have a farm in the city. In the midst of the normal traffic and stress of city life it feels like an oasis, or a throwback to an earlier time. The neighbors need to reconnect with nature and each other by growing their own food. We also want to provide documentaries on how to be more self sustaining regarding water, heat, electricity, etc.
    Indiana is famous for its varied climate changes. We experience Winters with cold, snow and ice; Spring with soft rains, mild temperatures and early growth; Summer with sporadic thundershowers, cool nights but high midday temperatures; and Fall with beautiful changing colors on the trees and cooler weather. For recreation in the summer we also go sailing on Sunday afternoons.
    Now that it is winter there are special exhibits featuring many colored lights which are beautiful in the dark days leading up to Christmas.

    We have a vision to help the homeless people in our area with food and a Christian witness of love. Hero Farms is Mike and his wife Kimberly who have a great heart to meet and care for the less fortunate. They prepare healthy food weekly for direct distribution to people living under the bridge.
    In addition, we want to find several people who have expressed an interest in building tiny homes. I've put the word out (via Craigslist) to activists who want to get free from their rent and live a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle. My intention is to give them the opportunity to create a better society and culture. We are looking for many types of skills: organizers, graphic artists, builders, paralegals (zoning is a big hindrance to a stable setup for small houses), cooks and general helpers. Welders would be most appreciated to build the small house trailer as well as 'rocket stoves for heat.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Charity work
    Language practice
    Art project
    Help with Computers / internet

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Indianapolis is a cosmopolitan city with many subcultures. We have world class museums such as Children's Museum, Indianapolis Metropolitan Art Museum, and the Eitlejorg Indian Museum. There are great city parks as well as all the sports events you could wish for. Not to mention the Auto Racing Capital of the world!. There are also three major universities here with attractive campuses.

  • Help


    The farm operation is going well. We are in the process of building a 50' greenhouse to house aquaponics food production. there are 50 chickens so we sell eggs and some produce.
    The barn and carriage house needs some attention. With just a little more volunteer help we could create useful spaces for tools, lumber, firewood, and small animals.
    Other upcoming efforts include transforming the carriage house into a workable space for the coop members to use. We need shelves to store lumber, locked rooms to store tools, windows or doors as well as smaller ‘lockers’ for more expensive items like sinks, elec supplies, and heaters.
    And we need to create a social media presence (either a web page or a FaceBook site) that would involve writing a description, taking pics, and formatting the effort in a sensible fashion. I'm trying to upload more pics but they need to be 600x 800 pixels. what is that all about?

    I hope to have small concerts with local musicians to bring the community together to raise awareness of our work.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, some Spanish

  • Accommodation


    A private bedroom or small apartment' with access to the rest of the home and property as needed.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Easy, cheap access to the surrounding area via local bus system.
    And a little-known fact that most may not think available in Indiana--We go sailing on Sunday afternoons as well.
    Another option is a weekend trip to Chicago or St Louis or Cincinnati is only 2-4 hours away.

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week, or three full days at 8 hours and two days off.

our new wood stove to keep the hophouse warm. we need to add anoather rocket stove
recent volunteers when we took a roadtrip past James Riley's home in Greenfield. Indiana is beautiful all year round
We go sailing on Sundays
small outbuilding where we plan to house volunteers.

Host ref number: 291111735352

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