Elephants are community-based plants and the mission of elephant gardens is all in the name.
On the northeast side of Indianapolis there is a new mall called Elephant Gardens. But it’s not just a new market.
A white peg fence separates the garden from the blue kiosk on the street. Once behind the pick-up fence, the sounds of cars descending on Manman Road are echoed in rows of butterflies and lush greenery.
A customer asks Matthias Joyce Randolph if she has a green thumb. Randolph laughed, “She’s my daughter.”
“I was called a gardener in this area,” said Rendolph’s daughter, Vivian Mohammed.
A quarter of a hectare of the city’s garden is lined with peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, and a variety of herbs. Pumpkins in the background are being prepared for the fall.
“We are really working hard to add nutrients to the soil,” said Muhammad as she uprooted the weeds and watered the plants.
From a distance, she could be on top, talking to plants. “You need this water,” she said. “Isn’t this better?”
To satisfy the thirst of each plant, she slowly pushed the leaves aside. Caring for the garden is a loving thing to do.
“Of course, there is no grocery store that sells organic produce unless we buy it from us,” he said.
One mile is safe, but it does not carry organic products. There are also some restaurants in the area. But the elephant paradise is fulfilling the needs of the area, which they did not realize was there eight years ago, but it soon became their mission.
“We need a garden to grow our own food,” says Randolf.
As the plants began to grow, so did the needs of the community.
We were working and working on the garden, [and] People say, ‘What are you doing? Let me know when you have something available, when will we buy it? ”Said Randolph.
So they started selling their products, but, for this family, making sure it was affordable was part of their mission.
“I have lived here for 50 years,” says Randolph. She said she wants to make sure everyone in the community and in the neighborhood is a neighbor and that they get the fresh produce they want and need.
“Tomatoes at 3.50 pounds,” Randolph said. She says that she can work with clients if they need to.
“We accept WIC, we accept SNAP, all federal [food] Programs, ”said Randolph.
Elephant Gardens is from the community and the community. Randolph said customers come from different zip codes.
“I know they grow up in the neighborhood, and that means a lot,” said regular customer Rosie Anderson.
New customers also stopped to visit and said they were delighted to see the garden in the area.
“He was not in a truck, he was not sprayed with pesticides,” Randolph said.
If a customer wants a different size of tomato, she says she is proud to be able to pick new ones for them.
“For years we, as a black community, have suffered from high blood pressure, diabetes, and partly because of what we eat,” says Randolph.
She said that she was happy to share the variety of vegetables. Randolph herself has learned over the years.
“I didn’t grow up eating like that,” says Randolph.
He added, “We sell a lot of okra … Okra doesn’t always have to fry.
Randolph told her and her family that the business was not for profit.
“It is about providing nutritious food to our neighbors,” says Randolph.
She explained that elephants are community-oriented plants and that the mission of elephant gardens is all by name.