Randys_drawingThe CCS Green Team is happy to work with the Carmel Clay Schools to create an organic community garden, open to all Carmel residents and CCS employees.  The garden will be located behind the old College Wood Elementary on the grounds of Carmel Middle School.  Sixty-three plots will be available for use by households or school and community groups.  Plots will be 4 feet by 15 feet and will cost $10 per year.

It is our hope that this site becomes more than just a community garden, but that it grows to be a community gathering area as well.  Our vision includes not only the plots, but picnic tables and benches and a staging area.  The existing playground will remain, which will make a nice retreat when those little gardeners need a break!  We are very grateful to Randy Sorrell from Surroundings by Natureworks for donating his time and talents to create this rendering of the community garden.  We would also like to thank White’s Ace Hardward for donating bales of straw, bags of compost and mulch, and pallets.

We are very excited to announce that the CCS Community Garden has been awarded grants from the Whole Kids Foundation and the Hamilton County Master Gardeners Association!   The Whole Kids Foundation is a division of Whole Foods Market, which has always been such a wonderful community partner, and the Master Gardeners Association has been a great resource to our group. With a project this size, however, we are still seeking monetary and material donations.  All donations will be tax-deductible.  If you or your business is interested in partnering with us, please contact Marcia Roberts at Marcia@ccsgreenteam.org

Tax-deductible donations may be mailed to: Carmel Clay Schools, 5201 E. Main Street, Carmel, IN 46033 Attention: Joyce Myers.  Please put “Community Garden” in the memo line.

This garden will lead our community a step further on the path toward sustainable food systems while bringing people of all ages together. We are looking forward to the opportunity and invite you to join us!

Whole Kids Foundation