About the JCC Indy Community Garden
Gardening, or lovingly tending to plants, is a universal value. Gardening is also a distinctly Jewish act. The echoes of God’s command to Adam (Gen. 2:15) “l’shomrah u’lovdah” (to guard/till and work/tend) resound through the generations. Jewish community gardening is the marriage of the universal and unique aspects of tending a piece of land. A garden is a gathering place, a home for community building, and an expression of the deepest values in Judaism, a hands-on classroom to teach about Judaism’s relationship to Creation.
The J’s community garden is made possible thanks to support from the Leonard & Marion Freeman Charitable Fund Grant and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. The individual planters and sign were built by former Camp JCC camp counselor and JCC staffer Kenny Lambert (z”l) and 2012 JCC Construction Camp campers.
What to Expect
Once confirmed, you’ll be assigned an 8’ x 12’ raised-bed plot that’s all your own. All you need to do is bring your seeds and/or plants and get planting and nurturing. The garden is organic, so tenants must maintain chemical-free gardening techniques and products. Non-organic herbicides, pesticides, and soil amendments are not permitted.
Gardeners are responsible for bringing any equipment needed for planting and tending their garden plot. The JCC does have a water spigot and hose in the area that is specifically for garden use.
There are approximately 15-18 community garden plots available beginning April 1. The season ends December 31. To apply for a garden plot, contact:
(317) 251-9467, ext. 2284
Contact by March 31. Please note that due to high levels of interest and limited space, gardeners applying for a plot may be placed on a wait list.
The cost for a garden plot is $65 and $50 for JCC members. Visit our online membership registration tool for types of memberships.