How we grow
South Circle Farm strictly adheres to growing practices that are good for the soil, the people, the crops, and the bees on the farm. For us this means avoiding all synthetic or chemical inputs. We use only compost, cover crops, crop rotation, and organically approved fertilizers to achieve healthy plants and soils.
We use small-scale intensive gardening techniques such as the human-powered broad fork for tilling. We use row covers and clay sprays to avoid the pests. In the spring and fall, non-heated low tunnels to extend our growing season. Our most important organic practice is to create an incredibly diverse farm. We choose a wide range of crops and a wide range of varieties of those crops so as to naturally prevent disease, minimize pests, and insure against crop losses.
These careful, labor-intensive practices create healthy and nutrient-dense crops that truly nourish people.
South Circle Farm's founder and farmer is Amy Matthews. A native of the southside of Indy, Amy has traveled far and wide to learn the craft of farming--from the mountains of Montana, to the urban wilds of Chicago, from the tundra of Alaska to the rust belt of Cleveland. Toggling back and forth between urban and rural, social service and for-profit, Amy has seen many angles on growing food. She is happy to be back in Indy and encouraged to see our city joining in the healthy revolution.
SCF is happy to partner with Big City Farms Indy to offer a wider variety of produce to our customers. As small-acre growers, we minimize our risks and maximize our efficencies by partnering on our crop planning and labor. You'll find us side-by-side at markets with a huge, diverse spread of vegetables from our two tiny farms!
Amy keeps South Circle Farm healthy and productive with the help of 2 farm staff, market assistant Sarah Mullin, and a team of 5 weekly work-share volunteers.
In 2010, a non-profit community development agency purchased an historic building and 1.5 acres of land on South Meridian Street. Rather than create industrial uses or traditional development on the vacant land, the agency sought a triple-bottom line, entrepreneurial "green" use. Urban farming fit that bill.
In 2011 South Circle Farm leased the land and readied it for farming by blanketing the site with a deep bed of woodchip mulch then topsoil and compost. The first vegetables were harvested in May 2011 and, in May 2012, the farm began hosting its first students in a summer gardening program. After four years of hard work, the farm has expanded both its vegetable production and its educational offerings.
The farm site is currently owned by non-profit Gennesaret Free Clinic, an organization serving the health care needs of homeless and low-income residents of Indianapolis.
South Circle Farm is an urban farm in Downtown Indy. We are a small business committed to helping create a healthier Indianapolis. We use only organic practices, offer the freshest and most nutritious produce possible, and partner with community groups to host educational opportunities on the farm.