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.
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
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.
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.
English, some Spanish
A private bedroom or small apartment' with access to the rest of the home and property as needed.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week, or three full days at 8 hours and two days off.