SOUTHPORT, Ind. (WISH) - The Marion County Fairgrounds is welcoming some new residents to the cattle barn, this week.
Just not the kind you might expect.
The fairgrounds is adding worms to the livestock that visitors can see. But, these are not just average red wigglers. These are the residents of a "worm colony" in Southport.
24-Hour News 8 profiled the urban farm in our recent report about soil contamination in parts of Indianapolis.
Linda Proffitt, the woman who has run the farm, says worms and composting can go a long way to correct for the hazardous chemicals sometimes in our ground.
Proffitt says moving to the fairgrounds is a great opportunity for the farm she calls Peaceful Grounds.
"We'll be able to make more safe soils and be able to share that with more people in Indianapolis," Proffitt said.
The Peaceful Grounds recipe mixes mulch, worms and brewery byproducts into a rich compost. "We bring in the waste and we've got a product that goes out," says Proffitt.
That's why she is determined to take the massive compost rows, each about six feet tall, with her to the fairgrounds.
"It took a year and a half for us to bring the richness to the soil [at the site in Southport]. So we are "taking it with us and it's going to be here at the fairgrounds, helping us make the grounds a more productive place."
The Director of the Marion County Fairgrounds, Don Glowinski, says having a worm farm will help him fulfill a long-term goal. He wants to make the fairgrounds more of a year-round attraction for agriculture, entertainment and education. He said, in that, he and Proffitt share the same values.
Volunteers from churches, schools and scouts can come out to learn the techniques for composting and gardening.
The move will also allow Proffitt re-open her Peaceful Grounds Farmer's Market. She expects it to be ready for customers, again, in July.
Greenfield police officers are spending their Sunday giving 41 deserving children a day out on the town for the holidays.
A winter weather advisory was issued for Wayne, Union, Switzerland, Ripley, Ohio, Franklin, Fayette and Dearborn counties on Saturday night.
IMPD officials say a 3-year-old boy has died after he was shot in the head Saturday evening.