Wabash alumni and friends gathered once more to improve the Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood of Indianapolis with the Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation (www.mfcdc.org). Volunteers helped transform an empty lot into an exciting Brewer's Garden. They filled raised beds with clean soil, edged around new garden beds, installed part of a platform, and, of course, planted hops, some of which will grow up and over posts and cables to form a living shade. The Brewer's Garden will be used as a place to gather for workshops and other events in addition to raising ingredients for beer and root beer: hops, barley, sassafras, pumpkins, etc. The project finished just as a downpour began, but the rain held off long enough to make great progress.
This is the sixth time Wabash volunteers have supported Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corporation with a project on WABASH Day. This year's participants included Dustin Deneal ’04, James Jared ’07, Danny King ’02, Scott Jones ’81, Cody Stipes ’11, John Henry ’10, Nate Schrader ’10, Keenan Blanchford ’98, and Jayden, Keenan's Little Brother. Josh Tatum ’03 organized the project with Kelli Mirgeaux of the Development Corporation, which has partnered on the garden with Big Car, a public-arts organization (learn more at www.bigcar.org). Photos of the project are on Big Car's Flickr stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bigcar/with/10103913555/.