Meet the Exhibitors at Indy Creation Fest 2024

Indy Creation Fest is about inspiring and teaching people to make choices that help and heal the Earth, as God intended. We dream of a world where taking care of our planet is something everyone does naturally. This year, we’re thrilled to introduce incredible exhibitors who share this vision. They’re leading the way in showing how simple and necessary it is to care for the environment as part of our everyday lives. Join us in making a difference, one choice at a time.

2024 Exhibitor List

Ambassadors for God’s Creatures

Empowering Pet Owners and Addressing Pet Overpopulation: The Mission of Ambassadors for God’s Creatures

Founded in the fall of 2016, Ambassadors for God’s Creatures is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing pet overpopulation in Madison and Delaware counties. This 501(c)3 organization strives to empower residents to take responsibility for their pets’ well-being through various supportive programs and services.

One of the organization’s key initiatives is the Spay and Neuter Assistance Project, launched in September 2017. This project aims to help low-income families by offering financial assistance for spaying and neutering pets, which is crucial for controlling the pet population. Additionally, the project supports the community by managing stray and feral cats through the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program.

In April 2019, Ambassadors for God’s Creatures opened Mitzy’s Morsels Pet Food Pantry. This pantry provides monthly and emergency pet food assistance to residents of Madison County who are in need. The service is particularly geared towards helping those who are homebound, disabled, or lack transportation.

Expanding its reach, the organization launched Mitzy’s Thrift Shop in August 2019. The revenue generated from this thrift shop plays a vital role in supporting their spay/neuter assistance and other charitable programs. It’s an example of how Ambassadors for God’s Creatures sustains its activities without local, state, or federal funding, relying instead on private donations, grants, and fundraising efforts.

In recent years, the organization has broadened its services to include more comprehensive support for pet owners. In September 2020, they extended their services into Delaware County, and in the summer of 2021, they introduced the Cause for Compassion and Foster Care Programs. The “Every Dog Matters” initiative began in the fall of 2021, emphasizing the value of every pet’s life. Moreover, their vaccination clinics, which began around the same time, have become mobile to reach a broader audience.

Ambassadors for God’s Creatures continues to depend on the generosity of the community and pet lovers. Donations, which are tax-deductible, can be made through various channels such as mail, their Facebook page, or PayPal. These contributions significantly help them continue their mission in these counties, ensuring that the needs of pets and their owners are met comprehensively.

Through these programs and the dedication of its team, Ambassadors for God’s Creatures not only addresses the immediate needs of the community’s pets but also fosters a more responsible and caring approach towards pet ownership and animal welfare.

Castaway Compost

Castaway Compost: Transforming Everyday Waste into Gardening Gold

In 2009, Keith O’Dell embarked on an eco-friendly mission with just 5 pounds of worms and a grand vision to save the world. Today, Castaway Compost, nestled in Fishers, Indiana, operates on a more focused scale but retains its ambitious goal of enhancing the local environment of Central Indiana. Through the magic of worm composting, also known as vermicomposting, Keith and his wriggly workforce are turning everyday waste into a valuable resource for gardeners and plant lovers alike.

Worm composting isn’t just about getting rid of waste; it’s a method of recycling that turns scraps into treasure. Using red worms, Castaway Compost produces a range of products including worm compost, worm bins, and a special liquid known as worm compost tea. This compost can do wonders for your garden, serving as a natural alternative to chemical fertilizers and potting soil, and significantly improving the health and yield of your plants and vegetables.

So, how does this process work? Castaway Compost offers customers everything they need to start their own worm composting at home, from red worms and stocked worm bins to the finished worm compost and aerated worm compost tea. With an initial investment, customers can continually produce their own high-quality compost, with the potential to generate at least a gallon of worm compost each month. This sustainable cycle not only benefits your garden but also your wallet in the long run.

The products and services provided by Castaway Compost are thoughtfully designed to cater to various needs and scales of composting. For instance, they offer gallon bags of red worms, stocked worm bins in various sizes, and worm compost by the gallon or bucket. Their aerated worm compost tea, a nutrient-rich liquid for plants, is available both by the gallon and as a yard application service, catering to a wide range of gardening needs.

The science behind worm composting is fascinating. Vermicompost, the end product, is a natural soil amendment rich in nutrients and beneficial microbes. It’s produced by red worms digesting organic waste, resulting in a substance that not only boosts plant growth but also enhances soil structure. Whether you’re dressing your garden, lawn, or houseplants, vermicompost is a versatile and potent enhancer that promotes a healthy, vibrant ecosystem right in your backyard.

Castaway Compost also educates customers on the how-tos of worm composting, from the basics of setting up a bin to the specifics of feeding and caring for the worms. For those looking to delve into the world of vermicomposting, Keith O’Dell offers invaluable advice and guidance to ensure a successful and odor-free composting experience.

In embracing the simple yet effective method of worm composting, Castaway Compost is leading the way in sustainable waste management and organic gardening in Central Indiana. By turning scraps into soil-enhancing gold, they’re not just making the world better for plants but also for future generations who will inherit a healthier, more sustainable environment.

Christ’s Community Church

Christ’s Community Church: Leading the Way in Faith-Based Environmental Stewardship at Indy Creation Fest

At Christ’s Community Church (CCC) in Fishers, Indiana, there’s a clear mission at the heart of everything they do: to cultivate a community of followers of Jesus Christ who are ready to make a meaningful impact on the world. The church’s foundation is built on a genuine and earnest exploration of faith, guided by the teachings of Jesus and a commitment to understanding the Gospel’s message.

CCC is not just another congregation; it’s a vibrant community deeply committed to diving into the complexities of the Bible, theology, and contemporary culture. Despite its size, the church engages with big questions and ideas, fostering an environment where authenticity and inquisitiveness are valued. This approach is rooted in a desire to know Jesus intimately and follow His path more closely.

In a time when society feels increasingly fragmented, CCC strives to be a place of unity and transformation. It welcomes everyone to bring their whole selves into God’s presence, with the aim of undergoing profound change through Jesus’s teachings. The church emphasizes the importance of collective study of the Bible, believing it to be crucial for understanding God, oneself, and the promise of renewal.

Worship at CCC is designed to connect individuals to God and to each other, blending modern music with the rich traditions of Christian faith. This communal approach to worship through song, prayer, and scripture is intended to root attendees in their faith and foster a sense of belonging.

Recognizing the Christian journey as a shared experience, CCC offers numerous opportunities for its members to support and grow with one another. The church understands that faith is not a solitary path but one that is enriched by the encouragement, comfort, and growth that comes from community.

For those interested in visiting or becoming a part of this welcoming community, Christ’s Community Church meets every Sunday at 10 am at 13097 Allisonville Rd, Fishers, IN. Additionally, services can be accessed live online, allowing the church’s message and community to reach even further.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Indiana

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Our Solution to Climate Change? Democracy.
And we need you on our team.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Indiana is a vital part of a nationwide effort to combat climate change through political and personal action. This organization, a branch of the broader Citizens’ Climate Lobby, is dedicated to fostering the political will necessary to ensure a sustainable future for our planet. It achieves this by empowering individuals to realize their potential in influencing both personal and political spheres.

At its core, Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization committed to addressing the urgent issues posed by climate change. CCL stands out for its approach to climate advocacy, which emphasizes respect, nonpartisanship, and the building of sustainable, broad-based support for climate action. This method involves educating the public on climate issues and fostering dialogue that transcends political divides, thereby laying a foundation for meaningful and lasting solutions.

Volunteers play a crucial role in CCL’s mission. These individuals, ranging from high school students to retirees, and from various professions and walks of life, share a common commitment to addressing climate change. Whether they are experts with PhDs in climate science or concerned citizens eager to contribute, all volunteers are united in their goal to make a difference. Through training and support, CCL equips these volunteers to engage effectively with elected officials, the media, and their communities, advocating for effective climate policies and solutions.

CCL’s strategy involves creating a network of local chapters across the United States and beyond, each working within their unique local contexts to build political support for climate action. By focusing on shared values and building relationships based on respect and gratitude, CCL volunteers aim to inspire their representatives, the media, and their communities to take action on climate change.

The organization’s core values underline its mission and approach. These include a laser focus on solving the climate crisis, an unwavering optimism in the face of challenges, a commitment to diversity and inclusivity, and the importance of building positive relationships. Moreover, CCL operates with integrity, ensuring that its actions and strategies are well-researched and effective, and maintains a nonpartisan stance to welcome anyone serious about addressing climate change.

A poignant aspect of CCL’s work is its success in bridging the divide in today’s polarized political landscape. By encouraging direct engagement with political leaders and fostering a respectful and unifying approach, CCL has shown that common ground can be found, and significant progress can be made on climate issues. Its volunteers have turned into effective citizen lobbyists, advocating for laws and policies that drive the transition from fossil fuels to sustainable energy sources, and proving that individual voices can lead to substantial change.

In summary, Citizens’ Climate Lobby Indiana is more than just a local environmental group; it’s a part of a larger movement aimed at empowering individuals to take meaningful action against climate change. Through education, advocacy, and the building of constructive relationships across the political spectrum, CCL Indiana is making strides towards a livable world for future generations.

Confront the Climate Crisis

Empowering Indiana’s Youth: CTCC’s Mission to Drive Environmental Policy Changes

In Indiana, a significant youth-led movement is taking shape to tackle the climate crisis. Known as Confront the Climate Crisis (CTCC), this campaign has grown to involve over 150 students from across Indiana, including cities like Lafayette, Evansville, and Indianapolis.

The goal of CTCC is ambitious: to bring young voices to the forefront of state politics to drive the changes needed to protect Indiana from environmental dangers. Despite facing challenges, such as their first bill not getting a committee hearing, their relentless advocacy has begun to see results in the political arena, showcasing the impact of persistent effort.

CTCC isn’t just focusing on policy change; they’re also deeply invested in educating young people about climate issues. They’ve initiated various projects, like mini-libraries on climate resilience and organizing educational events, to arm young Hoosiers with the knowledge and tools for action.

The campaign is a response to Indiana’s visible climate change effects and the state government’s slow response to address the crisis. CTCC wants the state to formally acknowledge the climate emergency and to adopt policies which mitigate the impact of climate change. By rallying students and youth groups, CTCC seeks to push for crucial legislative and societal changes.

By positioning Indiana’s youth at the heart of the climate action movement, CTCC is making it clear that they are not only stakeholders in their future but also essential agents of change. In a world where the voices of those most affected by climate change are often overlooked, CTCC is working to ensure these voices are heard loud and clear in policy-making spaces. Indiana’s young people are stepping up as active fighters against climate change, leading a courageous campaign for a sustainable and equitable future.

Creation Care Ministry

Bringing Faith and Environmental Stewardship Together: The Mission of Creation Care Ministry

In the heart of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, a dedicated commission known as Creation Care Ministry is on a mission to intertwine faith with environmental stewardship. Established under the guiding principles of ethical and sustainable practices rooted in gospel values and Catholic social doctrine, Creation Care Ministry is a beacon of hope and action in the fight against environmental degradation.

Creation Care Ministry operates with a clear mission: to integrate the care for God’s creation into the daily lives and core principles of the Catholic community. This commitment aims not only to foster a deep respect for the environment but also to significantly reduce the Archdiocese’s ecological footprint. Drawing inspiration from Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, the commission envisions a community where every parish, school, agency, and organization embraces sustainability and considers the environmental impact of their activities.

With a focus on education, outreach, and tangible action, Creation Care Ministry offers a multitude of resources and programs designed to guide parishes toward environmental mindfulness. Here’s how they’re making an impact:

  • Starting a Creation Care Team: Assisting in the formation of parish-based teams to spearhead local environmental initiatives.
  • Faith Formation and Parishioner Engagement: Offering resources and strategies to deepen understanding of the moral imperative of creation care through the teachings of the Catholic faith and Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’.
  • Networking for Collective Action: Leveraging years of professional and volunteer experience to connect with faith and public organizations, facilitating the exchange of ideas and best practices for environmental stewardship.
  • Educational Speakers: Providing knowledgeable speakers to address topics related to the Church’s teaching on creation care and the science of the climate crisis.
  • Comprehensive Assessments: Evaluating environmental footprints of parishes and setting sustainability goals, including energy, water, waste, and more.
  • Promoting Green Spaces with Trees: Organizing native tree sales and giveaways, and assisting in obtaining free trees to create sacred and sustainable spaces.

Creation Care Ministry was founded in 2015, spurred by Archbishop Joseph Tobin’s call to action during a Stewardship of Creation prayer breakfast at Marian University. Moved by the Archbishop’s message, a group of attendees, already active in creation care within their parishes, united to form the commission. Since then, Creation Care Ministry has been instrumental in embedding environmental stewardship within the spiritual life of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

Creation Care Ministry invites everyone within the Archdiocese and beyond to join hands in caring for our common home. Through their website and newsletter, they extend a warm invitation to get involved, learn more, and contribute to a more sustainable and faithful world.

For more information or to get involved, visit or reach out via email at Together, we can make a difference in the world, guided by faith and a commitment to the environment.

Creation Care Partners

Spearheading Environmental Stewardship Among Religious Communities

At the heart of Creation Care Partners’ mission is the drive to distribute solar and energy conservation grants to a diverse array of churches throughout Indiana. These grants are more than just financial aids; they represent a commitment by these houses of worship—and by extension, their congregations—to significantly reduce their energy consumption. The initiative doesn’t stop at Christian churches; it also invites Indiana’s synagogues to join this eco-conscious movement.

In a move to blend faith with environmental action, Creation Care Partners is embarking on a mission to inspire Indiana’s religious congregations towards a greener future. With a focus on synagogues and churches, this initiative is setting the stage for significant energy conservation and a shift towards renewable energy sources across the state.

To streamline this process, Creation Care Partners has revamped its grant application procedure, making it simpler and more accessible to interested congregations. Their efforts include reaching out to clergy and larger churches, offering support to potential applicants, and ensuring those approved receive the assistance they need.

A crucial component of their strategy involves organizing workshops and securing media coverage to spread the word and encourage more congregations to embark on this journey towards energy conservation and sustainability. Although this part of the program is still in its infancy, with congregations not yet ready to serve as models, the goal is to motivate others by showcasing the successes of those who have already made the transition.

Beyond financial grants, Creation Care Partners is committed to providing grantees and other congregations with the necessary tools, resources, and support to install solar panels and implement energy conservation measures.

Creation Care Partners’ goal is clear: to engage a broad spectrum of Indiana’s residents in becoming responsible stewards of the Earth. Driven by strategic vision, fundraising prowess, and exceptional communication skills, the initiative is not just about installing solar panels or reducing energy consumption. It’s about convening, inspiring, and guiding diverse groups to act in the interest of the planet.

Drive Electric Earth Month

Charging Ahead: How DEEM Sparks Change with Electric Vehicles

Drive Electric Earth Month (DEEM) is an annual campaign that takes place every April, aiming to spread the word about the benefits of electric vehicles (EVs). This initiative is all about highlighting how electric vehicles are not only better for the environment but also offer a more enjoyable driving experience, are easier to refuel, and cost less to maintain compared to traditional gasoline vehicles.

Did you know that as of now, there are over 40 different models of electric vehicles available on the market? From major car manufacturers, these vehicles come in plug-in electric variants capable of traveling up to 300 miles on a single charge, which is significantly more than the average daily commute of most people. Choosing an electric vehicle comes with a host of advantages. Here’s a rundown of what makes EVs a smart choice:

  • EVs provide instant torque, making it easier to speed up and merge onto highways. They are also more cost-effective, with the cost of charging equivalent to about $1.24 per eGallon on average in the U.S.
  • EVs offer the latest in technology with features like driver assist, emergency braking, and software updates directly to your vehicle.
  • Electric vehicles require less upkeep and are ten times less likely to catch fire compared to conventional cars.
  • Even when considering the manufacturing process and the use of electricity from coal plants, EVs are still a greener choice.

An electric vehicle is powered by electricity obtained from a power plug. There are two main types: all-electric vehicles (BEVs), which run solely on electricity, and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), which use electricity first and switch to gasoline for longer trips. This flexibility ensures that you can enjoy the benefits of electric driving daily and rely on gasoline only when necessary.

Charging an EV is convenient for most, with overnight charging at home covering daily driving needs. For longer journeys, a growing network of public chargers is available, with tools like PlugShare making it easy to find suitable charging stations.

Drive Electric Earth Month is a collective effort to drive the transition to sustainable transportation. It aims to make electric vehicles a staple in communities across the nation. By educating the public on the numerous benefits of electric vehicles, DEEM is accelerating the adoption of cleaner, more sustainable transportation solutions, contributing to a healthier planet for future generations.

Hamilton County Household Hazardous Waste Center

Learn what to do with items that don’t belong in the trash.

The Hamilton County Household Hazardous Waste Center helps Hamilton County residents safely dispose of hazardous household chemicals, small electronics, freon containing equipment, and tires.

We are pleased that the center is an exhibitor at this year’s Indy Creation Fest. Their participation provides a great opportunity to learn more about proper disposal practices.

For more information, visit the Center’s website, or see Hamilton County Indiana’s Eco-Friendly Solution to Hazardous Household Waste in the Indy Creation Fest Blog.

Hoosier Electric Vehicle Association

Driving the Future: How the Hoosier Electric Vehicle Association Promotes EVs

Hoosier Electric Vehicle Association’s goal is to support local EV enthusiasts. It promotes and educates the public regarding the benefits of electric vehicles. It is affiliated with Electric Vehicle Association (EVA), a network of volunteers working to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in North America and throughout the world. During Indy Creation Fest, you can learn about and see electric vehicles and talk to current EV owners about driving electric.

The Indiana chapter of the Hoosier Electric Vehicle Association has around 45 members who engage in advocacy, striving to overcome skepticism and regulatory hurdles to promote electric vehicles and sustainable energy solutions in Indiana. This story of dedication and innovation at the Indy Creation Fest underscores a broader movement towards embracing EV technology.

Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC)

The Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) works to improve Indiana’s environment and economy through education and advocacy. The council pushes for sustainable practices across the state, focusing on cleaner energy and reducing pollution to enhance the quality of life for Indiana residents. HEC’s current initiatives include:

  • Education and Advocacy: HEC leads in teaching about environmental issues and influencing policy in Indiana.
  • Sustainable Growth: The council promotes job-creating economic developments that are environmentally sustainable, like renewable energy and efficient transportation.
  • Support for Renewable Energy: HEC advocates for both community and individual renewable energy projects to help Indiana transition away from coal.
  • Environmental Justice: HEC empowers communities often left out of environmental discussions, aiming to address and fix these disparities.
  • Conservation: The council works to protect Indiana’s natural landscapes and waterways from threats like agricultural pollution.

HEC has made strides in reducing pollutants and advocating for sustainable practices like solar energy installations. Despite these successes, Indiana still faces significant environmental challenges.

Looking ahead, HEC is committed to further reducing the state’s carbon emissions and making Indiana a hub for clean energy jobs. The council is also advocating for legislative changes to ensure environmental issues are a priority. Through its continuous efforts and strategic initiatives, HEC not only safeguards natural resources but also supports policies that lead to a healthier, more sustainable Indiana.

Indy Creation Fest is proud to have the Hoosier Environmental Council as an exhibitor this year, recognizing their critical role in advancing environmental and economic health in Indiana.

Hoosier Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation

Help and Hope for Indiana’s Native Animals

Hoosier Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation is an organization dedicated to helping injured, orphaned, or sick local animals. Hoosier Wildlife Rescue is driven by a strong commitment to look after hurting animals and to teach people about living in harmony with nature.

This organization was established in 2020 by Rebecca Hamon, a person who cares deeply for animals and the environment. With help from like-minded people in our community, her organization quickly became a place where animals in Central Indiana can get the care they need, ranging from medical help to preparation for release into the wild.

Besides rescuing animals. Hoosier Wildlife’s second mission to help people and animals live together peacefully. They conduct nature walks and educational events, to help everyone understand why it’s important to protect our wildlife.

Hoosier Wildlife is built on values like teamwork, caring for the environment, honesty, respect, and bravery. These aren’t just nice ideas—they’re the foundation of everything they do. By working together with different groups and handling resources wisely, they show just how much they believe in the power of community effort in saving our natural world.

Today, Hoosier Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation works with more than a dozen partners. They have expanded their reach across multiple counties, securing over 300 acres of land as safe places for animals to return to the wild.

As they look to the future, Hoosier Wildlife hopes to work more closely with vets and other animal care experts to help even the hardest cases. They’re doubling down their educational efforts to spread their conservation message even more widely.

The journey of Hoosier Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation is a powerful story of passion, hard work, and the strength of community. They’re showing everyone that when we work together, we can make a real difference for wildlife. They’re inviting everyone to help out, in any way they can, to build a better future where people and animals can thrive together.

Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN)

Heeding the Divine Call: The Evangelical Environmental Network’s Crusade for a Cleaner Planet

The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) is a group dedicated to involving evangelical Christians in environmental care, focusing on creating a climate-stable, pollution-free world out of love for God and others. This aligns with the Biblical call to protect the planet.

Their goal is a world where everyone can live free from pollution, where nature thrives in harmony, and where children can look forward to a bright and healthy future, reflecting the complete message of Jesus Christ.

EEN acts as a guiding force for Christians to actively engage in environmental preservation, advocating for responsible stewardship of Earth’s resources, and pushing for policies that reflect respect for God’s creation. EEN encourages action and awareness through educational resources and support for communities and churches, aiming to inspire individual and collective action for a better environment and a testimony to Christian faith in action.

Faith in Place

Uniting Faiths for the Environment: How Faith in Place Champions Interfaith Action to Create Sustainable Communities

Faith in Place is an organization that collaborates with various religious groups and individuals passionate about justice and spirituality, regardless of their specific faith background. This partnership includes a wide range of religious communities, from Christian churches of different denominations to Jewish synagogues, Muslim mosques, and other faith traditions like Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, and Baha’i, among others. They form “Green Teams,” which are small groups from these communities that come together to work on making their neighborhoods healthier and more equitable, focusing on environmental and racial justice.

The organization operates primarily in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, with a team dedicated to supporting these efforts. It’s also part of a larger national network called Interfaith Power & Light, which aims to address environmental justice across the U.S. Faith in Place runs programs in five key areas: addressing climate change and energy issues, promoting sustainable food and land use, water preservation, advocacy, and youth empowerment. They work with 358 faith partners and over 180 Green Teams to implement these programs.

Their goal is to lead a movement driven by diverse faiths and spiritual beliefs toward creating sustainable communities that are healthy, just, and equitable for everyone. They aim to empower people from different faith and spiritual backgrounds to be leaders in pushing for environmental and racial justice by providing education, resources, and advocacy opportunities.

Faith in Place believes that when diverse religious and spiritual communities get involved, particularly through well-supported Green Teams, they can effectively address environmental and racial injustices. These actions, in turn, contribute to building communities that are healthier, more equitable, and resilient.

The organization emphasizes that the success of their vision relies on effective Green Teams, which are made up of individuals from different spiritual communities coming together to enact change. These teams understand their community’s unique cultural, historical, and spiritual context, and they serve as trusted advocates for environmental action. However, for these teams to be successful, they require proper guidance and coaching, especially when they face challenges like leadership changes, project completion, or internal disagreements.

Faith in Place has over 20 years of experience and employs coaches who provide tailored support to each Green Team, ensuring they effectively implement the organization’s programs across its five focus areas. They believe in meeting people where they are, using local messengers to inspire action, celebrating successes and learning from mistakes, and committing to principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. By doing so, they aim to create a culture of empowerment and shared achievement in addressing the ecological crisis, which they view as not only environmental but also a spiritual challenge.

Grace Church

Join Grace Church in Celebrating God’s Creation at Indy Creation Fest 2024

Grace Church is committed to the foundational belief in a singular, eternal God who embodies omnipotence, justice, and love. Grace Church affirms that God deliberately created the universe and maintains an active engagement with humanity. Grace Church embraces Jesus Christ as both fully human and divine, as the sole figure who bridges the gap between God and humans, showcasing God’s nature, and initiating the fulfillment of God’s plan to redeem humanity.

Grace Church acknowledges human imperfection due to sin, which estranges individuals from God, others, and nature, highlighting the need for redemption and reconciliation. Grace Church teaches that salvation is achieved through faith in Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, allowing for forgiveness of sins and a restored relationship with God, lasting into eternity. The Holy Spirit is God’s empowering presence within believers, guiding, and inspiring them towards righteousness.

Grace Church presents the Bible as the inspired word of God, authoritative to guide faith and conduct. Baptism is practiced as an outward expression of faith, symbolizing one’s spiritual rebirth and commitment to a new life in Jesus Christ. Through its mission and values, Grace Church aims to foster a community of believers deeply rooted in faith, committed to embodying God’s love and principles in the world. Grace Church offers a variety of free services to the community, such as a food pantry, English classes, vehicle services, and referral services leading towards a more healthy lifestyle. In addition, Grace Church operates its own thrift store, providing new and used clothing, toys, and household goods at discounted prices. 

Grace Church advocates stewardship and protection of the Earth as part of God’s creation. In line with this calling, Grace Church is excited to host Indy Creation Fest again this year, to promote environmental advocacy in central Indiana.

Greater Indiana

From Local Fuels to Greener Roads: Greater Indiana’s Quest for Sustainable Transportation

Greater Indiana Clean Cities, Inc., commonly known as Greater Indiana, is a nonprofit organization based in Indiana that champions the use of alternative fuels and energy-efficient technologies. For over 20 years, it has led efforts to make transportation in Indiana more sustainable, promoting fuels produced within the country to lessen reliance on imported oil and boost the local economy through eco-friendly practices.

The organization’s goal is to encourage the use of alternative fuels and technologies throughout Indiana’s various sectors, aiming to secure a healthier environment and a more reliable energy future for the state. Greater Indiana supports the industry, its members, and the wider community by creating opportunities for collaboration and education on sustainable practices, leading the charge towards a greener future.

Over the years, Greater Indiana has played a crucial role in advancing projects related to alternative fuels, helping both public and private organizations. A significant step for the organization was becoming an independent nonprofit in 2019, allowing it to better serve its stakeholders with a strategy that accommodates a wide range of energy sources.

Greater Indiana is known for its active involvement in collaborations with groups like the Green Truck Association (GTA) and the Regional Electric Vehicle Midwest Coalition (REV Midwest), which helps it stay updated with the latest in industry trends and innovations.

Greater Indiana doesn’t just advocate for sustainable transportation; it’s also deeply involved in educating the community, influencing policies through research and data, and facilitating funding opportunities. It works closely with planning organizations, state agencies, and industry partners to help shape the future of transportation in Indiana, making it a key figure in the move towards a more sustainable state.

In summary, Greater Indiana is dedicated to promoting alternative fuels and sustainable transportation. Through education, advocacy, and partnerships, it plays a vital role in driving Indiana towards a cleaner and more sustainable future.

Hamilton County Master Gardener Association

Gardening for the Common Good: The Hamilton County Master Gardener Association

In Hamilton County, Indiana, there’s a dynamic group called the Hamilton County Master Gardener Association (HCMGA) that’s all about sharing gardening knowledge and helping the community. They see gardening as not just a hobby but as an art, a science, and a way to bring joy. Working with the local Cooperative Extension Service and Purdue University, they aim to make their vision a reality.

Back in the early 1970s, the Master Gardener Program started in Seattle, Washington, and made its way to Indiana by 1978. It was designed to teach people how to garden effectively, solve gardening problems, and then pass that knowledge on to others. Indiana now has this program in over seventy-five counties, with around fifty having their own Master Gardener associations. The HCMGA itself started in 1985 when a few gardening fans decided to make a difference in their community.

The HCMGA helps out by providing gardening tips through articles, talks, and events like the Flower & Patio Show and the State Fair. They also run a yearly plant sale and answer gardening questions at the Purdue Hamilton County Education Center. Their “Seeds of Knowledge” program offers gardening presentations across the county.

This group doesn’t rely on government money. Instead, they fund their activities through their annual Spring Plant Sale and selling plants like iris and daylilies. The money they make supports scholarships and community projects. They have a team of eleven elected officers and work closely with a Purdue educator to keep things running smoothly.

Beyond gardening, the HCMGA offers scholarships for local students studying fields related to horticulture. They manage seed libraries, run a gardening hotline, and organize plant sales. Their “Plant A Row for the Hungry” initiative encourages gardeners to donate produce to local food pantries.

The association is big on education and getting people involved. They host gardening classes and encourage their members to stay active by meeting volunteer and education requirements. This not only keeps the community informed but also fosters a sense of unity and shared goals.

Overall, the HCMGA shows how gardening can bring people together, boost learning, and positively impact the community. With their various programs and the commitment of their members, they’re planting the seeds of knowledge and growth, making Hamilton County a more lush and vibrant place.

Our Feathered Friends

Our Feathered Friends: Creating Sanctuaries for Purple Martins

In a local initiative known as Our Feathered Friends, nature enthusiasts are working together to create sanctuaries for one of North America’s most fascinating bird species, the Purple Martin. This project focuses on installing special nest houses in community gardens to support these birds. Gourds are sometimes repurposed to make comfortable homes for the birds.

Since 2018, a dedicated volunteer named Brian Beidle has led this effort, successfully nurturing colonies of Purple Martins. Brian shares his extensive knowledge on how to attract and sustain these beneficial avian residents. He teaches other volunteers how to setup and monitor the birdhouses to ensure the well-being of the Purple Martin populations.

Purple Martins are not only the largest species of swallow found on the continent but also exhibit a unique dependency on human-provided nesting sites. These birds are celebrated for their captivating songs, striking appearance, and their role in controlling insect populations. Purple Martins are a natural and beautiful solution to pest control.

Through Our Feathered Friends’ Purple Martin habitat initiative, the community is invited to learn about the importance of these birds, how to identify them, and the ways in which we can support their nesting and breeding cycles. This program not only contributes to the conservation of the Purple Martin but also fosters a closer connection between the community and local wildlife, encouraging an appreciation and understanding of the natural world around us. For more information or to get involved, Brian Beidle is the go-to person for this commendable project.

Platanos Mobile Venezuelan Restaurant

Enjoy Delicious Venezuelan Food at Indy Creation Fest

Venezuelan cuisine is rich and diverse, offering flavors that are both unique and tantalizing. Here are some of the signature dishes you can enjoy at Platanos Mobile Venezuelan Restaurant:

Crispy Patacones: Patacones are twice-fried slices of green plantains. They are flattened before being fried until they’re golden and crispy. The outer texture is crunchy, providing a satisfying contrast to the softer interior. Patacones are often served with a topping such as cheese, pulled meat, or a fresh salsa, adding layers of flavor to the simple yet delicious base.

Soft and Filling Arepas: Arepas are one of the most famous Venezuelan dishes. These are round, flat discs made from ground maize dough or pre-cooked corn flour, which are grilled, baked, or fried to create a tender, cake-like texture. They are incredibly versatile and are typically split open and stuffed with a variety of fillings such as cheese, meats, or beans. The arepa itself is mild in flavor, making it a perfect canvas for the rich, savory fillings it encapsulates.

Savory Empanadas: Venezuelan empanadas are crescent-shaped turnovers, made from cornmeal dough and stuffed with an array of fillings like seasoned ground beef, chicken, or cheese. They are deep-fried to achieve a crispy exterior that encases a moist, flavorful interior. The fillings are often seasoned with a blend of spices, which imparts a warm, savory taste that’s both comforting and satisfying.

Cheesy Tequeños: Tequeños are a beloved Venezuelan snack consisting of sticks of queso blanco, a type of white cheese, wrapped in a thin, doughy pastry. These are then fried until the dough is crispy and golden, while the cheese inside becomes wonderfully melty and stretchy. The contrast between the crispy exterior and the soft, gooey cheese makes tequeños an irresistible treat.

Each of these dishes offers a unique taste of Venezuelan culinary tradition, characterized by a harmonious blend of textures and flavors. Whether you crave something crispy, creamy, savory, or cheesy, Platanos Venezuelan Food Truck has a dish that will transport your taste buds straight to the heart of Venezuela.

Platanos sources ingredients from local farms, ensuring that each bite not only tastes great but is also made with the freshest products available. This farm-to-truck approach helps them maintain the authenticity and delightful flavors that our customers love. Whether you’re a longtime lover of Venezuelan food or trying it for the first time, each meal at Platanos is an unforgettable journey through taste and tradition.

RE317 Composting Services

From Trash to Soil: How RE317 Composting is Changing the Game

RE317 Composting Services helps Hamilton County residents transform trash into treasure. RE317 is more than a composting company; it’s a community-focused, woman-led initiative that’s changing the way Hamilton County deals with waste. By choosing RE317, you’re doing more than just throwing away your leftovers; you’re actively investing in a greener future for your neighborhood and the world. At its core, RE317 aims to make recycling food scraps and more an effortless addition to your routine, all while making a big environmental difference.

The importance of composting might not be immediately obvious, but the harsh truth about food waste will make you think twice. It’s a common misconception that food waste simply turns back into soil in landfills. The reality is far grimmer; it can take decades for food waste to break down, releasing dangerous gases and contaminating the air and water in the process. Food waste is a top culprit in methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas that’s pushing our planet towards global warming. With landfills almost full and traditional recycling not cutting it, composting stands out as a shining solution. It recycles food waste at a rate of 100%, enriches the soil, cuts down on fertilizer use, and is a key player in combating climate change.

RE317 knows that making a service convenient is half the battle. That’s why they offer two main services: a pickup service with bi-weekly bin collections, and a bi-weekly dropoff service for those who’d rather take their compostables to a designated spot themselves. Both options come packed with benefits like a 5-gallon bin, compostable bags, a member portal, and even some free compost in the spring.

RE317 also offers commercial composting services to businesses. Aimed at being straightforward, clean, and trouble-free, these services offer staff training, various bin sizes, regular collections, and clean bins to keep workplaces looking sharp. It’s a great way for businesses to play their part in sustainability efforts. For pricing, please refer to RE317’s website.

RE317 Composting Services gives Hamilton County’s residents and businesses a chance to engage in an eco-friendly practice that’s simple yet impactful. Choosing RE317 means not just disposing of waste, but contributing to a sustainable cycle that benefits everyone—your community, the environment, and future generations.

Indiana Beyond Coal (Sierra Club)

Empowering Change: The Grassroots Movement Fueling Indiana’s Shift from Coal

In the heartland of America, a movement is underway that aims to fundamentally transform Indiana’s energy landscape. “Indiana Beyond Coal” is at the forefront of this shift, steering the state towards a future powered entirely by renewable sources. This ambitious initiative seeks not only to phase out coal as a primary energy source but to embrace the vast potential of clean energy.

The motivation behind Indiana Beyond Coal is clear and pressing. Coal, while historically significant for energy production, casts a long shadow over communities, affecting health, the environment, and the economy. The organization is tackling this challenge head-on, with a dual strategy that focuses on both retiring existing coal plants and halting the development of new ones. This is no small feat in a state where coal has deep roots, but Indiana Beyond Coal is making strides through a combination of grassroots activism and public advocacy.

At the heart of their strategy is a commitment to mobilize and empower local activists. By engaging communities directly impacted by coal pollution and those eager for sustainable alternatives, Indiana Beyond Coal is building a robust network of supporters. These activists are not just voices for change; they’re catalysts, working within their communities to push for a transition that benefits everyone.

The mission of Indiana Beyond Coal transcends environmental advocacy; it’s about charting a course towards a healthier, more sustainable future for Indiana. By advocating for the shift to 100% renewable energy, the campaign is laying the groundwork for a state that can lead by example in the fight against climate change.

Staying informed and involved is key to the success of movements like Indiana Beyond Coal. The campaign actively engages with supporters and the curious alike through social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram. These channels not only serve as avenues for updates and advocacy but also as spaces for community building and dialogue.

As Indiana Beyond Coal continues its vital work, the vision of a state—and eventually a nation—free from the environmental and health impacts of coal grows ever more tangible. Through dedicated activism and the pursuit of renewable energy, Indiana is on a path to a cleaner, greener future.

Redemption Rescue, Inc.

From Despair to Care: The Crucial Work of Redemption Rescue in Indiana

In Indiana, there’s a remarkable effort underway led by Redemption Rescue, Inc., a nonprofit group dedicated to tackling the serious issues of animal homelessness, abuse, and neglect. This organization is making significant strides in rescuing animals in dire need, particularly those who have been mistreated or overlooked in shelters. Redemption Rescue isn’t just about pulling animals out of bad situations; it’s about giving them a fresh start, offering comprehensive care from rescue to finding them permanent, loving homes.

Starting with rescuing neglected dogs and cats from local shelters, Redemption Rescue is on a heartfelt mission to transform the lives of these animals. The path from being rescued to finding a forever home is filled with care, including medical treatment, socialization, and training. The organization goes beyond just rescue; it focuses on creating perfect matches between pets and families, aiming for lasting happiness. The support doesn’t stop once an animal is adopted—there’s ongoing assistance to ensure the wellbeing of the pets and their new owners.

Based in Indianapolis and operating through a network of foster homes, Redemption Rescue’s goals are twofold: rescue and prevention. They’re dedicated to saving animals from abandonment or harm and tackling the root issues of animal overpopulation with community education and initiatives like spaying and neutering. The focus is on saving animals from urgent situations in Indiana, including those needing medical care or rehabilitation from abuse. Redemption Rescue advocates for responsible pet ownership and aims to shift societal views towards greater compassion for animals.

Recognizing the magnitude of the challenge, Redemption Rescue collaborates with other local groups to make a bigger impact. This partnership reflects the belief that community involvement is key to their mission’s success. The organization encourages everyone to contribute, whether by donating, volunteering, fostering, or adopting, emphasizing that every little bit helps.

Amanda Klotsch, the organization’s founder, leads with a vision to not only save animals but also to educate the community on animal welfare, aiming to solve the overpopulation issue. Under her guidance, Redemption Rescue is more than a rescue group—it’s a force for change, working tirelessly to improve the lives of animals and encouraging a community-wide ethos of care and responsibility.

Solar United Neighbors

Shining Together: How SUN is Pioneering a Solar-Powered Future

Solar United Neighbors (SUN) is at the forefront of a movement towards clean and renewable energy. The organization believes that solar power is key not just to a healthier planet but also to stronger economies and communities. By focusing on solar energy, SUN is changing how we power our homes and neighborhoods, one rooftop at a time.

SUN is committed to making solar power available to everyone. It guides individuals and communities on how to adopt solar energy, overcoming the usual obstacles that prevent many from making the switch. By educating people, advocating for fair energy policies, and offering hands-on help, SUN has enabled thousands of homeowners to lower their energy bills and reduce their environmental impact.

More than just helping with solar installations, SUN fights for the right to solar energy. It works hard to ensure that laws and regulations support the growth of solar power, not hinder it. By standing up against the big utility companies and their monopolies, SUN is striving for a cleaner, more equitable energy system that gives control back to local communities.

The strength of Solar United Neighbors lies in its diverse membership, which cuts across all demographics and regions of the country. Whether they’re city residents or rural farmers, young or old, all members share a belief in solar energy’s potential for positive change. This diversity and inclusivity drive the organization, making the solar movement more reflective of the population it serves.

SUN’s efforts have significant economic impacts. By pushing for solar energy, it’s not only reducing energy costs and promoting independence from the grid but also fueling job creation in the solar industry. This rapidly expanding sector is bringing thousands of jobs and significant investment to local economies, demonstrating how investing in solar can have widespread community benefits.

Solar United Neighbors envisions a future where solar energy is a key part of our energy mix, with the potential to save money for every household involved. By joining SUN, members contribute to a collective push for a fair and democratic energy system. Together, they’re not just advocating for solar power; they’re leading a renewable energy revolution, showcasing the strength of community action and the transformative impact of solar energy.

In essence, Solar United Neighbors is more than an organization; it’s a movement towards a future powered sustainably by the sun. Through advocacy, education, and support, SUN is making solar power a realistic option for more people, one rooftop at a time.

Saint Isidore Farm

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St. Isidore Farm: Cultivating a Future of Sustainable Farming and Community Engagement

At the heart of Noblesville, Indiana, Guerin Catholic High School is pioneering a fresh approach to education and sustainability through the creation of St. Isidore Farm. This unique project is more than just an agricultural endeavor; it’s a comprehensive program designed to engage students, interns, and the broader community in ecological education, sustainable food production, and the principles of food justice.

St. Isidore Farm transforms the idea of a classroom by taking education outside, directly into the fields. It’s an organic vegetable farm that serves as a hands-on learning environment where students and community members can dive deep into the world of organic farming. The farm embodies a commitment to sustainable and regenerative farming practices, from seed starting to harvesting. These practices are crucial not only for the health of the soil and crops but also for educating the participants about the importance of preserving natural cycles.

One of the farm’s primary goals is to foster leadership and community engagement. By offering students and summer interns practical experience in farming under the guidance of experienced staff, St. Isidore Farm is nurturing the next generation of leaders in sustainability. This experiential learning promotes responsibility, teamwork, and communication skills—qualities essential for success in any field, but especially important in the context of environmental stewardship.

St. Isidore Farm is committed to creating an inclusive environment. The farm welcomes anyone interested in gardening, sustainability, and service, promoting an ethos of hard work, self-motivation, and attention to detail. These values are integral to the farm’s success and mission.

St. Isidore Farm stands as a beacon of hope for a more sustainable and equitable food system. By focusing on ecological education, the farm aims to inspire environmental stewards ready to make impactful changes in their communities. The emphasis on food justice highlights the farm’s dedication to ensuring everyone has access to healthy, sustainably grown food, addressing food insecurity and promoting environmental health.

Beyond its educational and environmental goals, St. Isidore Farm offers a tangible connection to sustainable living through its Weekly Veggie Box subscription. This program provides families with fresh, high-quality produce grown on-site while also contributing to local food security by donating a portion of its harvest. It represents a commitment to supporting local business, educating about the importance of knowing where your food comes from, and caring for the environment.

St. Isidore Farm exemplifies Guerin Catholic High School’s vision of integrating academic excellence with moral and spiritual growth. It invites the community to connect with the land and each other, showcasing how education can drive social change and environmental stewardship. In the spirit of its namesake, the patron saint of farmers, St. Isidore Farm is a place of hard work, faith, and commitment to a sustainable future.

Sustainable Creation Care

A Simple Path to Eco-Friendly Living: Insights from Shiloh Cating

In today’s world, it’s easy to forget the effects of our daily actions on the planet. Enter Shiloh Cating, who offers a clear and encouraging roadmap to a lifestyle that’s both good for us and the Earth. Her Instagram, “Sustainable Creation Care,” emphasizes our duty to look after our world, by adopting practical and sustainable habits for both individuals and families.

Buy in Bulk: Shiloh’s shopping choices reflect her personal dedication to living sustainably. For example, she points out the cost savings and environmental advantages of bulk shopping. By choosing stores like Azure Standard for staples such as beans, oats, and even non-dairy chocolate chips, households can cut expenses and minimize their environmental impact. The process is easy: you order once a month, pick up your goods when notified, and enjoy the benefits of less packaging and lower costs. For those living further from a collection point, Cating explains how you can set up new ones, highlighting the adaptability and community spirit of bulk buying. Plus, Azure’s focus on organic and non-GMO products means healthier options for us and the planet. Azure Standard’s referral program is another feature Cating values, offering cash back on future purchases. This not only rewards eco-friendly shopping but also builds a community of like-minded individuals.

Cut Down on Disposable Products: Cating calls for a reevaluation of our reliance on single-use drink cups, which contribute significantly to waste and deforestation. She sets an example by ensuring recyclables are properly disposed of, even if it means taking them home.

Revive Old Practices for Modern Benefits: Cating champions traditional practices like air-drying clothes as a testament to living sustainably. This not only saves energy and money but also prolongs the life of garments. She offers solutions for those without outdoor space, such as using indoor drying racks or shower curtains, showing that eco-friendly practices are possible in any living situation.

Mindfully Choose Against Consumerism: Cating notes the rampant consumerism visible during holidays, such as the excessive use of balloons and plastic decorations for Valentine’s Day, as a reminder of convenience’s cost to the environment. Her commitment to mindful consumption, despite potential anxiety from deviating from the norm, serves as an inspiration to us all. It’s a prompt to make choices aligned with our environmental values.

Embrace a Greener Lifestyle: Shiloh Cating’s “Sustainable Creation Care” isn’t just advice—it’s a rallying cry for adopting a way of life that respects our responsibility to care for the Earth. Through actions like bulk buying, reducing waste, conserving energy, and mindful consumption, we can effect real change. Cating’s message is unequivocal: sustainable living is about building a community committed to valuing and actively preserving our world. Let’s take these steps together to follow Shiloh’s lead, towards a more sustainable and just future for everyone.

Teter Organic Farm

Nurturing Nature and Neighbors: The Mission of Teter Organic Farm

In Noblesville, Indiana, Teter Organic Farm is making a big difference in the community and the environment. This farm, which is a project of the Noblesville First United Methodist Church, isn’t just about farming; it’s about bringing people together, teaching them about nature, and providing fresh, healthy food to those who need it most. With a rich history that goes back to the Teter family’s love for their land and community, the farm today grows more than 40 types of vegetables across five acres, all while sticking to environmentally friendly farming methods.

The farm’s story began with the Teter family, particularly Ruth Teter, who had fond memories of growing up on the farm. Her brother, Earl “Lucky” Teter, was a well-known stunt driver who, like his sister, was deeply involved in their community. After his death and Ruth’s lifelong commitment to her work and community, she decided to leave the farm to the church in 1981. It was her dream for the farm to serve as a retreat and a symbol of the family’s legacy. This dream took on new life in 2016 when Pastor Aaron Hobbs started the organic farm.

Teter Organic Farm is serious about being kind to the earth. It’s a USDA Certified Organic farm, which means they don’t use any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. They rely on natural ways to keep the soil and crops healthy, like using compost and cover crops. They’ve also got a smart setup with raised beds and a structured layout that helps them grow a lot of food efficiently.

The farm is also home to an apiary with 23 bee hives and 34 chickens. These bees and chickens are essential for pollinating plants and providing eggs for local food programs, showing how the farm works in harmony with nature.

Community involvement is key to what the farm does. They host tours, educational programs, weddings, retreats, and more, all aimed at connecting people with nature and sustainable farming. Amber Good leads the educational efforts, focusing on how people can understand and protect the environment. Katy Rogers, the farm manager, brings a wealth of knowledge in sustainable agriculture and ensures the farm continues to support local food pantries and markets with fresh produce.

Teter Organic Farm is a prime example of how farming can go hand-in-hand with community support, education, and environmental care. It’s not just a place where food grows; it’s a community center, a classroom in nature, and a shining example of dedication to making the world a better place.

That Vegan Joint

Discover the Wonders of “That Vegan Joint” Food Truck

Somewhere in the bustling streets of Indianapolis, a food revolution is parked and ready to serve. “That Vegan Joint” food truck is a haven for food lovers seeking the comfort of traditional dishes with a modern, guilt-free twist. Imagine biting into a juicy chicken sandwich, savoring the spicy kick of a Nashville hot chicken, or enjoying the heartiness of a loaded hot dog, all the while knowing there’s something exceptionally different about what you’re eating. This food truck brings the impossible to your plate—classic comfort foods that are completely meatless!

Let’s start with their mouth-watering sandwiches. The classic chicken sandwich comes with crisp lettuce, fresh tomatoes, tangy pickles, and creamy mayo, all enveloping a tender, perfectly seasoned plant-based chicken that could fool any meat-lover. Then there’s the buffalo chicken sandwich, offering a delightful spicy punch, balanced with the coolness of lettuce and pickles, all smothered in a velvety mayo. The Nashville hot chicken sandwich turns up the heat, delivering a fiery flavor experience that’s impeccably complemented by the crunch of pickles and the smoothness of mayo.

The surprises don’t stop there. “That Vegan Joint” also crafts burgers that could rival any traditional meat-based counterpart. The TVJ Cheeseburger, loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and mustard, offers a symphony of flavors in every bite, with a plant-based patty that’s both juicy and satisfying. For those who like a bit of a kick, the Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Burger, with its spicy jalapenos, smoky vegan bacon, and a rich array of toppings, promises a burger experience that’s both bold and indulgent.

Seafood lovers aren’t left out, thanks to the shrimp Po’Boy, featuring a plant-based shrimp that’s both tender and flavorful, dressed with lettuce, tomatoes, and a tangy remoulade sauce, all nestled in a soft, fresh bun. The creativity continues with the Mac-N-Cheese Hot Dog—a fusion of a classic hot dog topped with creamy mac-n-cheese, crunchy bacon bits, and fresh green onions, creating a delightful texture and flavor contrast.

For those craving something a bit more hands-on, the loaded nachos offer a feast of textures and tastes, with jackfruit that mimics the best of pulled meats, topped with vibrant pico, creamy queso, sharp green onions, spicy jalapenos, and sour cream. The carne asada street tacos, with their flavorful plant-based meat, fresh cilantro, onions, a squeeze of lime, and salsa, deliver an authentic street food experience, while the flauta plate offers crispy 5-chikn flautas accompanied by pico, sour cream, and a dipping sauce that will have you reaching for more.

Behind these innovative dishes is Paul Thompson’s vision. With over four years in the business, “That Vegan Joint” has become a staple for family events, large gatherings, and corporate catering, serving not just vegans and vegetarians, but anyone open to a delicious, plant-based meal. The magic of this food truck lies not just in its ability to replicate traditional flavors using plant-based ingredients, but in its power to transform perceptions of what vegan food can be. So, the next time you’re in Indianapolis, or looking to cater an event with something uniquely delightful, let “That Vegan Joint” take you on a culinary journey where taste knows no bounds, and the food is joyously, surprisingly meatless.

The Humane Society of the United States

Ending Animal Cruelty: The Multi-Faceted Mission of The Humane Society

Since its establishment in 1954, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has stood as a pillar of defense for animals both in the U.S. and worldwide. Dedicated to building a kinder world for animals, the HSUS tirelessly works to combat animal cruelty and promote their well-being. Through various challenges over the years, their primary goal has remained steadfast: to eradicate animal suffering and advocate for their treatment with dignity and care.

Advocacy and Animal Rescue Efforts: Through investigative work and rescue missions, the HSUS brings to light hidden animal cruelty and saves thousands of animals from suffering each year. Its dedication to shutting down puppy mills and ensuring pets find loving homes underlines its broad commitment to animal welfare.

Ending Animal Exploitation: The HSUS is relentless in its fight against all forms of animal exploitation, from animal fighting rings to cosmetics testing on animals. Its efforts extend to protecting marine life, opposing the wildlife trade, and promoting fur-free fashion, showcasing a holistic approach to animal rights.

Promoting Accessible Pet Care: Acknowledging the strong bond between pets and their owners, the HSUS strives to ensure accessible pet care services for all, especially in underserved communities. Through initiatives like Pets for Life, the organization works to close the gap in pet care, supporting the health and well-being of pets and their families.

Fighting Cruel Hunting Practices: The HSUS also addresses extreme hunting practices, including captive hunts and contests where animals are slaughtered for prizes, highlighting a disregard for animal life and the damage these acts inflict on natural ecosystems and biodiversity.

Taking a Stand Against Trophy Hunting: A major focus for the HSUS is its opposition to trophy hunting—a brutal sport that results in the death of countless wild animals, such as bears, mountain lions, and wolves, for the sake of personal glory and decorative trophies. Employing cruel methods like baiting and hounding, this practice is targeted by the HSUS in an effort to protect wildlife from being hunted for entertainment and to put an end to this archaic tradition.

Advocating for Plant-Based Diets: The HSUS champions the switch to plant-based diets, recognizing the positive impact on health, animal welfare, and the environment. This move towards humane eating habits reflects the organization’s commitment to a compassionate and sustainable future.

The HSUS embodies the power of collective action in fostering change for animal rights. Its wide-ranging campaigns not only aim to alleviate immediate animal suffering but also seek to shift societal perspectives towards greater empathy and respect for animals. Supported by its community of members and allies, the HSUS continues to make significant strides towards a future where animals are valued and protected, demonstrating the impact of unity in advocating for the rights of animals around the world.

The Peaceable Kingdom Project

The Peaceable Kingdom Project: Leading the Way in Faith-Based Animal Welfare

Started in 2013 by Cheryl Yoder in Central Indiana, The Peaceable Kingdom Project encourages Christians to take a stand for animal rights. This group collaborates with different organizations and faith groups, building on common values like kindness and empathy. Their main goal is to shift people’s hearts to view animals as creatures that deserve kindness and respect, not as objects for our use.

In today’s society, where animals often suffer at the hands of humans, The Peaceable Kingdom Project shines as a symbol of hope and a call to action for the faithful. This effort is grounded in the belief that all creatures are God’s wonderful creations and deserve a life free from harm, exploitation, and pain.

The Peaceable Kingdom Project believes that caring for animals goes beyond being a good deed—it’s a responsibility given by God. Since God made all life and saw that it was good, those who follow Him are expected to lead the charge in protecting and caring for animals. This task, sometimes called “dominion” in sacred texts, is seen not as a right to misuse animals but as an instruction to show them the same love God shows to all His creations.

The project outlines the harsh realities faced by animals today, including abuse faced by pets, farm animals, wildlife, and sea creatures, due to cruel farming practices and environmental harm. Yet, it maintains a hopeful stance that change is possible. By calling for a return to God’s original plan of peace and mutual respect between humans and animals, the project urges people to take steps to prevent animal mistreatment.

The Peaceable Kingdom Project focuses on action, not just awareness. It aims to teach people about their God-given duty to animals, provide them with ways to make a real difference, and involve them in activities that improve animal welfare. Whether it’s adopting a meat-free diet, choosing products that don’t harm animals, or joining local and church animal welfare efforts, the project lays out clear paths for living more compassionately.

At its core, The Peaceable Kingdom Project seeks to redefine what it means to have dominion over animals. It promotes a vision of caring leadership where humans and animals live together in peace. This call to action is aimed at those who want to express their faith through kindness, urging them to be God’s voice and hands in a world that sorely needs more gentleness and love.

Westfield Green Together

A Trillion Trees for Tomorrow: Westfield Green Together’s Bold Strategy Against Global Warming

In an effort to tackle climate change, Westfield Green Together is advocating a bold plan for a healthier planet. Their goal is simple but could make a huge difference: fight climate change by planting as many trees as possible. This project is more than just an initiative; it’s an open call for everyone, especially those in Indiana, to join what could become one of the biggest environmental restoration projects ever.

The reasoning behind this ambitious tree-planting project is based on solid science. Studies have shown that our planet could fit an extra 3.5 million square miles of trees, outside of the spaces already taken by cities and farms. The impact of planting 1 trillion trees could be revolutionary, potentially cutting down the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere by about 25%, bringing it back to levels not seen in a hundred years. This isn’t merely about making our surroundings look nice; it’s about taking back the health of our planet and pulling ourselves back from the edge of a climate catastrophe.1

What makes this initiative stand out is its practicality. Planting trees is a cost-effective way to reduce carbon, making it an achievable and powerful approach to combating climate change.

Westfield Green Together is not just about tree planting. It’s about fostering a mutually beneficial relationship between people and the planet. It shows the strength of working together and reminds us that everyone has the power to contribute to solving the climate crisis. By promoting the growth of native plants and pushing for widespread reforestation, Westfield Green Together is pointing the way toward a greener future. They’re inviting us to be a part of this crucial effort, reminding us that when it comes to fighting climate change, every single tree matters.

1Live Science (2022, March 10). Want to Fight Climate Change? Plant 1 Trillion Trees. Live Science. Retrieved from

Wild Ones

Growing Green: How Wild Ones Champions Native Landscapes for a Sustainable Future

Wild Ones is dedicated to promoting environmentally friendly landscaping practices that preserve, restore, and establish native plant communities across the United States. The mission of Wild Ones is not just about planting trees and flowers; it’s about revitalizing ecosystems, promoting biodiversity, and fostering a deep connection between people and the natural world around them.

At the heart of Wild Ones’ efforts are its chapters—dynamic, grassroots gatherings of individuals united by a shared passion for environmental stewardship and the transformative power of native plants. These chapters serve as vital hubs where members support each other in learning about and practicing sustainable landscaping. They are places of education, inspiration, and action, where community members come together to exchange knowledge on how to reintroduce native flora into public and private gardens.

The significance of native plants in landscaping cannot be overstated. Unlike non-native species, native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions, requiring less water, fewer chemicals, and minimal care, thus reducing environmental impact. More importantly, they provide essential habitats for local wildlife, supporting pollinators, birds, and other species that rely on these plants for survival. By encouraging the use of native plants, Wild Ones not only aims to enhance the aesthetic appeal of landscapes but also to rebuild healthy ecosystems from the ground up.

Wild Ones chapters are the driving force behind this transformative change. Through educational programs, community outreach, and hands-on projects, they work tirelessly to spread the message about the importance of native landscaping. These chapters are where change happens, serving as catalysts for a broader movement towards a more sustainable and biodiversity-rich environment.

At Indy Creation Fest, Wild Ones will be hosting a table where they will distribute FREE native seed packets. This initiative not only raises awareness about the importance of native plants but also empowers individuals to take direct action in their own property and community.

Wild Ones calls us to reconsider our relationship with the natural world. It invites us to become stewards of our environment, one plant at a time. By embracing native landscaping, we can all play a part in preserving the planet’s biodiversity for generations to come.


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