Community Gardening: A Path to Food Security in Indianapolis

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Herrmann, Angela
Master of Arts in Earth Literacy
Community gardens have been part of the fabric of life in Indianapolis for many years. People participate in community gardens for any number of reasons, including supplementing their food budget or to provide more nutritious offerings at food pantries. In the coming years, however, because of an increasingly unsustainable food system, people may look to urban community gardens as a way to enhance community food security in central Indiana. This paper provides both an overview of community gardening activities beginning in the mid-1970s and an examination of community gardening activities today. This research shows that in the event the current food system is interrupted, people of Indianapolis would not be able to feed themselves from locally-produced food because they rely to heavily on petroleum-based industrialized agriculture to make food available. However, through collaborations with various government and community entities, this paper shows how community gardening could become an integral part of creating a more secure food system in central Indiana.