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August 23, 2013

We Are City Summit

Too often I find myself muttering the phrase, “Oh, Indy.”  I find that phrase comparable to something you’d say to that little sibling when they do something perplexingly stupid.  While I don’t necessarily adore this city I don’t quite hate it either, in fact it’s slowly growing on me.  There are times which I can see hope and revitalization in the city and other times I find myself hanging my head in my hands with embarrassment.   The We Are City Summit was not one of those hang your head moment.  It was a “wait a minute ...


August 20, 2013

Thoughts on the State Fair

I got to go to the Indiana State Fair last week. I knew what to expect, but still would like to see some things changed, or at least added. The purpose of the fair depends on who you talk to, but I would say that the official purpose is to promote and celebrate Indiana agriculture. The type of agriculture represented was for the most part industrial commodity crop agriculture. I would have liked to have seen more of a focus of real food agriculture, including both small scale and industrial scale farming. To the State Fair’s credit, there was ...


August 14, 2013

Putting the “Community” in Community Gardens

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of helping to facilitate a family garden workshop. The workshop took place in a community garden located in West Louisville. Due to spontaneous rain showers there was a low turn-out but five enthusiastic souls blessed us with their presence. My co-worker and I were responsible for leading the youth portion of the workshop. Only one child was in attendance so our “youth workshop” transformed into a conversation about the neighborhood, how it had changed over the years and the impact of integration.

One community member was a fifty year old grandmother who ...


August 6, 2013

Tomato Season

“They are not for me,” replied the women “some friends are down on their luck, so I’m helping them out with groceries.”

I love this time of year when tomatoes are a plenty.

I recently joined a farm co-op, where you work a few hours a week in exchange for vegetables, meat, and eggs. They just started the work co-op about a month ago, and conversations are plentiful among members about the positive impacts it is having on their lives. I was having one such conversation last Saturday as I helped clear out an area for fall planting.

We were chatting about the wonderful opportunity it gave us, the grounding feeling of working for our food and how rich we felt eating it, when a relation of the land’s owner came up to pick some tomatoes.

“What are you making?” asked my fellow co-op member.

“They are not for me,” replied the women “some friends are down on their luck, so I’m helping them out with groceries.”

As she worked her way down the tomatoes and to the peppers she explained that she was getting them everything they need to make a big of pot of chili, enough to freeze. Something to fill their stomach, and warm their souls.

Looking at the red tomatoes in her arms I couldn't help but smile. It’s hard to feel down on your luck with a few of those at hand. There is something about a good meal that makes life feel abundant.

I hope that her friends feel abundance and love when they sit down to that meal of red hot chili.



Elise Springuel is an AmeriCorps*VISTA working with the Presbyterian Hunger Program and she likes her tomatoes hot off the vine.