Ball State student Tim Holester shares the meaning of food, as part of our “Food is to me” photo essay. Holester said some of his favorite memories and traditions related to food happen during the winter months.

“Anyone who thinks gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the entire year; for gardening begins in January with a dream,” — Josephine Nuese

Winter is the season of planning, to set the course for your year ahead as you sip soups and indulge in comfort foods. While you’re plotting out your peas or planting potato starts, here are a few stories inspired by the flavors of the coziest time of the year:

Dennis Tyler:

Mayor promotes community gardens, city food council

Mayor at bridge dinner by Robbie Mehling

Kellie Arrowood:

AmeriCorps VISTA plants hope among those in need


Moth Danner:

Finding home among Muncie’s Makers


Nancy Mcwilliams:


Pies for Peace:

‘Sweet gatherings’ fuel community conversations


Riley Sandel: 

Building community, one pavilion at a time


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