Green Acres Permaculture Village is a small, retrofit, intergenerational intentional community in Bloomington, Indiana that integrates self-knowledge and expression with a shared culture among humans and the living Earth to encourage abundance on every level.

About GAPV

Green Acres Permaculture Village is a small, retrofit intergenerational intentional community carved from within an existing suburban neighborhood in a college town that offers itself as a template for transformation of suburban life. We seek to express our values from the inside out: beginning with the individual (know thyself) to the human and animal commons (communication, sharing and compassion), to our sacred communion with the living Earth, we encourage the expression of Nature’s abundance on every level: food for thought, food for people, food for planet.

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Join Our Community

Are you looking for community and interested in living more sustainably? Do you want to eat produce, wild edibles, and chicken eggs from right outside your door? Do you want a home with close-knit, supportive friends? Do you long for an environment that fosters your creativity and individuality?

Green Acres is looking for a new resident with an interest in permaculture and helping us to build a more self-sustaining ecovillage. While Green Acres has been established for several years, we are rounding the corner into a more intentional community.

Email us at greenacrespermaculture@gmail.com or talk to us at our community dinners!

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Community Dinners

Join us at Green Acres every Thursday evening at 7pm for dinner with friends and neighbors. The dinners are not potlucks, but giftings. However, you are welcome to bring food, drink or a donation, if that works for you. In any case, not necessary! Or maybe your guitar or banjo? In any case, come.

Plus, we have now introduced "offerings" after dinner on occasion. So far, these have included a Feldenkrais class, a talk about the astrology of Donald Trump and the U.S.A., a knife sharpening skills, and salsa dancing lessons.

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Blackberries

The best photo diary I could do of the blackberry phenomenon in Green Acres Neighborhood Garden.

 

First, we see John mulching with some green blackberry brambles and some white flowers…

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And the berries start to form and even turn color…

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Here they are maturing, with the first one finally ready!

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And now the delicious bliss of fresh blackberries.

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Summer Solstice – Garden Party

Last weekend, we had our annual Children’s Art Hour and Garden Party. It was a delightful and magical moment of sharing, made special by the wonderful company.

We started the day with 2 families and their children, who painted fun decorations to put around the garden to invite in the fairies and the “little people” who protect and care for us. Look at how dedicated they were to their work!

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Zinnia was very intense with her artwork…!

And proud Sarah made a piece or two to share, as well!

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The best was watching the young ones explore the garden!

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When they were all tired out and the sun was hot and high… it was time to prepare the food!

Some pesto with basil and garlic from our very own Garden!

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And the whole table of food was a FEAST!! Pure abundance!

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Grateful for a crate of peaches from our musician friend…we made some peach cobbler!

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It was very popular! Especially with ice cream!

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We were lucky to have some musicians create sacred space for us while we ate…

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And everyone had a delightful time sharing, laughing, and eating in the beauty of the flourishing garden.

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And the music continued….

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We had a wonderful ceremony to bring us together, a simple moment of thanks and celebration marking the Summer Solstice. Each one of us participated in our own way, adding to the circle.

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And so, a little something of each of us stayed there in the garden, adding to its light and life.

 

A special thanks to José for most of the photos!

Garden Party! June 23rd

JOIN US!!

Green Acres Neighborhood Garden is holding its annual summer garden party and everyone’s invited! We’ll be celebrating the joys of gardening in such a wonderful community while indulging in tasty garden treats and friendly libations. Don’t forget about the Children’s art hour at 2pm where we’ll be painting and making charms to invite the fairies in!

 

2 pm: Children’s Hour

6 pm: Garden Party

Solace in Solitude

I went to the GANG early this morning. Like, really early.

 

Before 8 am.

 

On a Saturday!

 

And it was lovely.

 

Forecast was for hot, hot, humidity but the morning was still fresh and dewy.  The garden was still shaded so the sun didn’t burn down on me, and I did my usual walk through the garden to see how everything was doing.

 

The cucumbers and carrots are looking strong!

Peppers and basil coming along!

Tomatoes need stakes, they are growing growing gone!

 

The peas and the beans crawling up the teepee…

And there it was: the first berry on the brambles starting to turn from white to pink.

 

As I weeded around the perimeter of the teepee

getting rid of encroaching plants and clearing the space for our lovely veggies

I heard the pond, so alive!

I kept turning around, thinking someone was coming up behind me,

only to find….

it must be the frogs!

When I went to wash my hands off in the pond water

I bent down and

there he was!

Staring up at me with his ooogly froggy eyes!

“hello friend!” I said

and he jumped PLOP into the pond.

 

A wonderful way to start the day.