To further improve access to healthy foods, Indiana University Health team members joined Indy Parks Foundation and the Indianapolis Parks Department to develop Indy Urban Acres in 2011. Indy Urban Acres is an eight-acre organic urban farm that supplies low-income Hoosiers with healthy fruits and vegetables.
Over the past two years, 36,000 pounds of fresh, local fruits and vegetables from Indy Urban Acres have been donated to Gleaners Food Bank and distributed to food pantries in Marion County. Not only has Indy Urban Acres offered a reliable and consistent stream of healthy foods for those lacking access to such foods, but it has also served as a valuable educational tool for future generations to learn about growth and healthy use of fruits and vegetables. In 2012, more than 1,000 of Indy Parks’ day-camp students came to the farm to learn about gardening practices and nutritional choices, helping to ensure the next generation’s knowledge of how produce is grown.