Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants, Healthy People

Women-led, women’s workshop on permaculture design application to small farms, social permaculture and community-building
Sheltering Hills Design, LLC

WOMEN’S WORKSHOP: Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants, Healthy People

Join us for a fun fall tour of Bellfound Farm and a facilitated women’s workshop on healthy soil, healthy plants, and healthy people!

This workshop is designed for women involved in growing food and working in community to access tools to take your projects to the next level and deepen collaborations. Many women in Indianapolis are leaders of organizations, projects, and activities that use growing food as a vehicle for broader community impact and education. Our goal is that you will gain insights for production in an ecologically-supportive way, ideas for personal health, and strategies for impactful community interactions.

The morning will be focused on physical site design, considerations for growing operations, and land use. We will tour Bellfound farm with co-founder Alena Jones, and Rhonda Baird of Sheltering Hills Design. We will use the farm as a platform to build an understanding of what all informs the “physical container” for projects. We’ll learn tools for reading a landscape – incorporating ecological principles, production methods, and social interactions with healthy soil and healthy plants in mind. We’ll envision options for land transformation and land use through permaculture-inspired actions.

The afternoon will be about “social permaculture” and how to align the social aspects of our organization’s operations with the physical spaces. We will learn a few key tools from Rhonda Baird for collaboration and effective communication to access the resources organizations need to thrive. We will have a design charette at the end of the day to encourage participants’ ideas around the challenges and opportunities of a few of Indy’s growing-related projects.

Come away with actionable ideas that have applications on your own property and within your organization!

Saturday, November 16th
9am – 3pm
2856 South Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN

Registration: $5.00 per person.

Vegetarian lunch is provided with registration – by local woman-owned business Touba Gardens Farm to Table Catering.

Upon registration, please fill our this pre-survey – to help us know more about you and your organization!

Keep in mind:
This is a women-only workshop.
We will be walking outside for about 1hr 45 min. Please dress accordingly. There’s a golf cart that can accommodate a few people.
Bellfound Farm is easily accessed via Bus route 16.
Please bring your own durables for lunch (bowl & spoon for soup), and a reusable water bottle.
The building where we’re is accessible via wheelchair, but the bathroom is not.
Upon registration, your contact info will be shared with other participants – as a way to help build collaboration and networking.

Presented by the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District and Bellfound Farm, with support from Farm Bureau, Women 4 The Land, Hoosier Heartland.