About Grow NWI

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Create a common voice within the region to promote Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens. Challenge community, business and civic leaders to lay the foundation for the growth of sustainable community gardens in every South Shore municipality.

Main Objectives:

  • Education: Promote community pride and empowerment through hands on teaching. Bring together the passion of the farming and gardening communities with the able hands of community members in need of learning new skills. Workshops targeting school age children through adults to be taught by Purdue Master Gardeners, local farmers, and volunteers.
  • Food Production: Create a viable farm market location within each city where residents can source a reliable stream of vegetables, flowers, and other local food.
  • Health and Nutrition: Local and Homegrown vegetables lead the path to improved eating habits of the surrounding community.
  • Community Involvement: Strengthen the roots of communities from the ground up. Offers the opportunities
  • Job Creation: Teach new skills, and spur growth in retail and manufacturing of specialty and local food products produced from our farming.
  • Value Added Products: Creating marketable goods ranging from salsa's and preserves to eggs and compost.

Short Term Objectives – Year 1
Farmers Market: Each active community garden will support its own community's farm market efforts throughout the growing season. In addition County Line Orchard will host Farm Market days in September and October in which each garden will bring their harvests to sell on the Community Grown Farm Market Days.

Biggest Pumpkin Contest: Each community garden will seek to grow the largest pumpkin possible. Pumpkins will then be showcase and weighed at County Line Orchard during the pumpkin harvest season for a community Pumpkin Contest.

Local Food Dinner: Local Chef's will source their ingredients from all participating community gardens and local sources. The dinner will be a way to bring together all active gardens and showcase the diversity of what can be produced in our region.

This challenge is to all community members and organizations to offer their own time, talent or treasure to support one garden in each of the following Northwest Indiana Communities

East Chicago, Griffith, Whiting, Munster, Gary, Dyer, Valparaiso, Highland, Cedar Lake, Chesterton, St. John, Crown Point, Lake Station, Hammond, Hobart, Schererville, Portage, Merrillville, Lowell


GrowNWI continues to create spaces of common ground where all kinds of people come together to grow healthy food. We need your help to keep it growing! Invest in your future and support your sustainable local food system today!

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