Irvington CSA members benefit from fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruit—and community fellowship too. You can be part of it. Here’s how!

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Irvington Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is getting ready to kick off its 12th season! A CSA is a partnership between farmers and a local community. The farmers supply the community with fresh, local produce throughout the summer growing season, and the community supports the farmer by pre-paying.  Farmers gain economic security for environmentally friendly farming, while CSA shareholders know where their food comes from and how it was grown.

Our 35+ annual crops are farmed by Levi Fisher and family in Montezuma, Indiana. The Fisher family does not use synthetic chemicals on the soil or plants. They practice good land stewardship, sustainable farming methods and respect for biodiversity on the farm. Their produce is delivered to Irvington for families to pick up every week for 25 weeks beginning in May.

Each share is designed for a family that likes to cook or couples or individuals who eat a lot of vegetables. A full share’s value is about $25 per week. (A typical share is shown in two of the photos above.) Our produce includes vegetables (asparagus, carrots, kale, salad mix, potatoes, sweet potatoes, red peppers, broccoli, and zucchini, to name a few). We also get fruits like strawberries, blackberries, watermelon and cantaloupe. At first, shares are smaller—mostly lettuce, asparagus and berries. But as the weather warms, your share basket will overflow with corn, tomatoes, peppers and other veggies. Each week’s share gives you a chance to sample Indiana-grown vegetables.

The CSA is run entirely by volunteers, none of whom receive compensation for their services. Only our farmer and driver are compensated. This means our shareholders get great value at a reasonable price, while supporting sustainable agriculture.

Want to learn more? Join us at this year’s meet-and-greet with our CSA farmer, Levi Fisher, on Monday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Irvington Branch Indianapolis Public Library (5625 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219).  Learn about Levi’s farm practices, the produce he’s growing and his predictions for the season.  We’ll also share information about Irvington CSA and answer questions. Come meet Levi, your fellow CSA members and the CSA Coordinating Committee.  Feel free to invite family, friends or co-workers who might be interested in being a part of Irvington CSA this year.

This year’s share price is $550 for 25 weeks. Members who pay by April 15 get a $20 discount, for a total share price of $530. Transportation is an additional fee, estimated at $100 (to be finalized in May and due in June).

Deliveries are expected to begin mid-May and continue for 25 weeks.

Want more info? Contact us at irvingtonagriculture@gmail.com and check us out at www.irvingtoncsa.com. And don’t forget to like Irvington CSA on Facebook.


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If you’re a Kroger shopper, you can prompt — at no cost to you — donations to IDO every time you shop.  All you have to do is register your Kroger Plus card on Kroger’s website and choose IDO as your Community Rewards recipient.  At the end of each quarter, Kroger sends us a portion of its total charitable donation, based on how many of those points IDO supporters have racked up. The more supporters who register their cards for our cause, the more groceries purchased, the bigger share of the $500,000 pie for IDO.

You do need to renew your registration every year or your purchases no longer count toward IDO’s portion of the donation. Right now, 15 families are signed up. We know there are more than 15 Irvington supporters who shop at Kroger, so please take these few simple steps to support IDO.

Have your Kroger Plus card handy (you’ll need the long number under the barcode on the back), go to www.krogercommunityrewards.com, and follow the directions for a new account.  Once you’ve registered, choose Irvington Development Organization as your Community Rewards recipient.  Our Non Profit Organization Number is 11523.

Then go stock up like an ice storm’s coming!  Remember to use your Kroger Plus card every time you shop and renew your registration a year from now.


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IDO helped Simply Divine Cupcakes and Indy Cycle Specialist (ICS) obtain façade grants from Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), an organization that works with local leaders to invest in housing, health, education, public safety, and employment. The façade grants program helped Simply Divine Cupcakes put a fresh new look on its new bakery and brought funds to ICS for purchase and installation of a new door that allows customers and staff to more easily manage bikes coming and going at ICS. “It was rewarding to help a new business with their first bricks-and-mortar location (see previous profile) and to support a long-time regional destination business in Irvington,” said IDO Executive Director Margaret Banning.

IDO also helped Antique Mall of Irvington by Jack and Jill obtain a facade grant to repair and rehabilitate their building at 5501 East Washington Street. The 103-year-old building experienced a partial collapse in September 2016. IDO is working with Paul Diebold, Irvington Historical Society (IHS) in also applying for an Indiana Landmarks grant for the building.

LISC offers a 50% matching grant to eligible businesses that invest in exterior improvements.  Over the last eight years, IDO has helped bring over $180,000 to the community, leveraging an additional $425,000 in private investment, to assist local businesses and improve the visual appeal of our commercial district.

The city-wide grants are very competitive. IDO endorses the projects and helps business owners

complete the applications. When façade grants are approved, IDO facilitates business owners working with the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission (IHPC) for their permits (for those businesses that operate in the historic district) and serves as the fiscal agent for the funds.

The next round of grants are now available through September. You can find information and the grant  application at LISC Indianapolis.

If you’re an Irvington bricks-and-mortar business owner considering a facade upgrade, contact Margaret (317-260-0669 or margaret@irvingtondevelopment.org) about this program.


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2017 is shaping up to be a terrific year for music right here in Irvington. In addition to open stages at 10 Johnson Avenue, Sweet Thursday Jazz at Coal Yard Coffee, First Fridays, and more, Irvington Summer Music Series will run from May through September 2017. Featuring two events each month, the series schedule offers an eclectic array of styles and genres. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s coming.

THE LINEUP

Irish & Celtic Music: Friday, May 5, 7 p.m., $10, Bona Thompson Center
Tibetan Crystal Bowls: Sunday, May 21, 4 p.m., $10, Bona Thompson Center
Irvington Children’s Festival: Saturday, June 3, 1 p.m., free, Irvington Branch Public Library
Third Annual Juneteenth Celebration: Friday, June 16, time TBD, free, Downey Avenue Christian Church. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
Blue Alchemy: Saturday, July 8, time TBD, free, Irving Circle Park
An additional free July event will be announced soon.
The Roundups: Saturday, August 5, time TBD, free, Irving Circle Park
An additional free August event will be announced soon.
Carmel Conservatory Quartet: Sunday, September 10, 3 p.m., $10, Bona Thompson Center. The quartet will perform selections by Russian classical composers.
Blue Collar Bluegrass and Flatland Harmony Experiment: Saturday, September 23, 7 p.m., TBD, Irvington Ice and Coal

IRVINGTON SUMMER MUSIC SERIES NEEDS YOUR HELP!

Communications/marketing volunteers

Most importantly, organizers need a few people with skills in marketing and promotion to take over the social media and advertising needs for the series. If you have skills in any of these areas and would like to help make this series successful (and earn the dying gratitude of your neighbors), please let us know as soon as possible. Contact Stan Denski at standenski@gmail.com.

Event volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help set up and tear down equipment for each show, as well as answer questions, help with directions, tickets, parking, and so on. If you’d like to help out, contact Stan Denski at standenski@gmail.com.

Sponsorship

Irvington Summer Music Series is made possible with funding provided by Historic Irvington Community Council. Individual and business sponsorships are also available. Please contact Stan Denski at standenski@gmail.com for sponsorship details.


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Some members of our neighborhood have all types of exotic and rustic animals; you’ll find chickens, donkeys, and, with Tyler Sheller, even a horse! Well, not exactly a horse, more like a Great Dane. (But he’s as big as a horse!) Tyler is actively involved with a local group, Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue, and his dog Bruno plays a big part.

Acting as both the Marketing and Fundraising Coordinators for the nonprofit rescue — which serves Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Southern Michigan, and parts of Wisconsin — Tyler utilizes his background in marketing and advertising to spread awareness of and raise money for Forever Friends. But Tyler has more than just a background in branding; having grown up with these gentle giants (Tyler’s parents have owned and raised Great Danes for almost 40 years), he has a background in the breed itself.

The goals of Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue are to educate the public about the breed, promote adopting a companion vs. shopping for a dog, and to help deserving Great Danes find their loving forever homes. As a completely volunteer-run organization, the rescue relies on donations, promotions, and partnerships with local businesses to cover the medical costs of the dogs in their foster care.

Tyler and Bruno have made numerous appearances on TV promoting the rescue through such programs as Indy Style, the News at Noon on WISH-TV 8, and Pet Pals TV with the delightful Patty Spitler. Bruno’s larger-than-life appearance and personality always steal the show, while Tyler tries to get a word in about Forever Friends and educating the public about Great Danes.

Tyler’s happy to see many Great Danes in Irvington and encourages dog lovers of all types to get involved in rescue. You can learn more about Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue at their website, and like them on Facebook for the latest updates on available dogs, events, and fundraisers.

How long have you lived and/or worked in Irvington?

In Irvington-terms, Tyler has been a resident of our community for a very short time:  2 years this summer.

What do you do for fun?

Besides working with Forever Friends Great Dane Rescue, Tyler enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, and horseback riding. He also has a branding and design business, which keeps him busy when he’s not horsing around with Bruno.

What’s your favorite walk, bike ride, or view in the neighborhood?

Living near Ellenberger Park, Tyler enjoys biking along the Pleasant Run Trail and joining that with the Pennsy. Along that route, you’ll see everything from bustling business corridors to adorable donkeys!

If you were Mayor of Irvington for a day, what would you do first?

The first thing Tyler would accomplish, as Mayor of Irvington, would be to put in speed bumps all along Washington.  Apparently, per Tyler, people think they’re at the Speedrome while going up and down that street!

What’s your connection to IDO?

First getting involved with IDO through the Real Estate Committee, Tyler has also joined the Communications committee and created the branding for last year’s IDO Harvest Gala with Tyner Pond Farm.


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