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Monday September 8, 2014 at 9:15am
Discovery Hall, Indiana State Fairgrounds

Rachel White, Rooftop Garden at Exkenzai Health

Sky-Farm-at-Eskenazi-Health-Hospital-5Rachel White from Growing Places Indy, and currently is the Sky Farmer for Eskenazi Health Sky Farm and the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital.  Her food interest started while working as a produce buyer for a high-end grocer. After learning how hard it is for small farms to get room on the shelves, she decided to complete an Urban Farming Apprenticeship in 2011. Now she has joined the Growing Places Indy team to manage and grow the Eskenazi Health Sky Farm. She has also been working with People for Urban Progress since 2011 as a produce designer.

Growing Places Indy began farming a one-of-a-kind, 5,000-square-foot rooftop garden at the center of Indianapolis’ newest hospital complex in 2014. The unique space is open to hospital patients, staff and members of the community and serves as a space to engage with food and learn how it grows, how to prepare fresh produce and why food is important to health. Food grown at the Sky Farm is available within the hospital food service and is also used in various cooking and nutrition classes on and off site.

The Growing Places Indy mission. Cultivating wellness through urban agriculture, food access and awareness and practices for living well by empowering individuals and communities to Grow Well, Eat Well, Live Well, Be Well.


  • Thanks to all who went and supported our bus trip!
    Both Gene Bush of Munchkin Gardens and Bob Hill of Hidden Hill Nursery are certainly a wealth of knowledge about all varieties of plants. Steve has given the approval for you to record 4 Education hours for our trip.
  • Here is a copy of JoAn Bush’s directions for making Hypertufa planters/troughs.

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