Slow Foods Movement: Why it’s important

Growing Places Indy will be the recipient of $5 of every ticket sold to Yoga on The Farm. At Practice Indie and NapTown Fitness we KNOW the importance of food, and want to educate our community as such. To know your farmer, know the healthiness of your food and those that grow it is paramount to your own health and well being. We say it often- you cannot out work a bad diet. Your health starts with what you eat! If you have never been to Tyner Pond or Growing Places Indy, make it a must do this summer. See where fresh food comes from and taste the difference. There’s a reason it’s seasonal and a little more expensive, because it matters and it is thoughtfully, dutifully cultivated. Here is a message about the Executive Director of Growing Places Indy and how they got started with GPI:


When Growing Places Indy was started, they started with an urban farm. However, Laura Henderson had a vision for something rooted in gardens but extending much further. To her, the gardens were a great entry point. Vegetable gardens and urban farms allow people to see food growing, volunteer and get their hands in the soil and on the plants. In doing so, a sense of relationship with the earth and Earth is cultivated, both in terms of how earth/Earth provides for us, and how we care for the world around us. Of course one of the most important ways we care for ourselves, each other and the planet is through food.


“You are what you eat” isn’t just a cliche. It’s true. Our bodies are made of food in an absolutely literal sense.Our communities can only be as healthy and vibrant as the people living in them. To experience lifelong health and vitality, people need to eat nutritious, life-giving food. For food to be nutritious and life-giving it needs to also grow from clean, healthy soil and come from animals, fish, bees, etc. that are experiencing high quality of life and eating food that is nutritious, life-giving and not toxic.

The health of our planet and the health of our people and the health (social AND economic) of our communities are all inextricably interconnected. Understanding this in concept is one thing, but concepts are usually less effective in prompting behavior change than experience.

The physical experience of gardening and of preparing food helps a mental concept become an embodied understanding. Laura and her husband Tyler chose to incorporate other forms of body-mind education as well, like yoga and meditation. These practices teach tools and skills for understanding AND experiencing interconnection, the power of attention, and personal needs. Studies have shown that in turn, these practices lead to more consistent behaviors of compassion, forgiveness, resiliency, caring for others and the planet, more healthful eating habits and lifestyles – and this is true for people from all types of backgrounds, life experience, etc.

We have such a strong tendency to live life from our heads, that we forget how essential living life from our bodies is as well. Through Growing Places Indy we hope to empower people to cultivate wellness within their own life, their families, and their communities, and we use urban farming, food access and mind-body education to share tools and skills that we hope make wellness feel simple and accessible.


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