Urban farm to provide produce for needy families

Needy families across central and southeastern Indiana will receive fresh produce from an eight-acre organic farm.

Gleaners Food Bank, Indiana University Health, the city of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Parks Foundation announced Wednesday they're teaming up on the project called Indy Urban Acres that's expected to yield thousands of pounds of organic tomatoes, green beans, squash and other produce.

Gleaners Food Bank will distribute the food to hunger relief agencies in 21 counties. IBJ first reported plans for the farm in March.

Indy Urban Acres sits on a former gravel pit and construction site on the Indianapolis east side. Part of the space will be designated as a community garden where residents can grow and harvest their own produce, while another part will serve as an educational area for students.

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