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IU Northwest Community Garden: Overview

A catalyst for growth, the IU Northwest Community Garden collaboratively builds capacity and connections.

IU Northwest Community Garden

Located on the corner of 35th and Washington, across from the Anderson Library

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Upcoming Sessions

Schedule of Upcoming Sessions

These live, online sessions are free and open to adults of all ages. To register, contact the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence via email at or by calling 219-980-6978. Details for joining each session will be provided upon registration.


Common Garden Diseases and Other Ailments

  • Friday, August 14
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Registration Deadline: Thursday, August 13

During this live, online session, Rebecca Koetz, Lake County Urban Agriculture Extension Educator, will present answers to the most common questions that come in to the Purdue Extension office related to garden pests, diseases, and other issues. This presentation will cover ailments of fruits, vegetables, trees, ornamentals, and lawns. Rebecca will provide the scientifically recommended solutions to these problems, including cultural, mechanical, organic and inorganic options for control.

Past Sessions

Recordings of Past Sessions

Composting from a Permaculture Perspective

Christine Maloney, an Advanced Permaculture Designer and Educator, discusses permaculture, its three guiding ethics, and how composting relates to each of these ethics. Also discussed are the basics of composting, including what can be composted, the various methods of composting (bin, pile, pit, blender, vermicompost), and whether to turn or not to turn compost. This IUN Community Garden online session was held live on June 12, 2020.


The Negative Impacts of Invasive Plants

Erica Luchik, regional specialist of Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management, shares information about the negative impact invasive plants have on us, our natural areas, and wildlife. Common invasive plants, such as those often found in landscaping, are identified, as are native plant alternatives for Northwest Indiana. This IUN Community Garden online session was originally held live on May 21, 2020.

Center for Urban &
Regional Excellence

Indiana University Northwest
3400 Broadway
Library Conference Center, Room 203
Gary, Indiana 46408 
(219) 980-6978
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