Indianapolis’ first urban homestead and supply store, Agrarian, opened up in August of 2013 by co-owners Andrew Brake of Nap-Town Chickens, Anne Collins and Dave Stuckert.
This elegant gift boutique is located on the southwest corner of 49th Street and College Avenue. You may well have seen the chicken coop on display in the parking lot across the street. The culture of Agrarian was sparked by Anne Collin’s desire to provide the Meridian Kessler neighborhood and surrounding communities with a chic boutique inspired store featuring equipment and decorations for all of your urban farming needs. Collin’s had a vision to offer all things chicken related first and foremost, then everything else you could possibly need to be a successful urban farmer. Agrarian not only carries supplies, but includes literature on raising chickens, rainwater harvesting, raising goats, beekeeping, canning, and cheese making kits.
Backed by a truly well thought through business plan, Agrarian goes beyond what is expected of them, recognizing that helping a customer extends beyond the sale and continues after they leave the store. Agrarian builds custom chicken coops to match the customers’ home and personal aesthetics, and Brake will often go to the site and set it up himself, answering any questions they might have.
When someone purchases a beekeeping kit, the store offers the same level of service. They offer monthly classes on how to winterize your chicken coop or bee hive, how to raise livestock in an urban setting, how to make your own soaps or clean with essential oils and how to set up a garden and compost. The concept of the urban homestead and supply store is not unfamiliar to other cities – in fact, Agrarian is similar to a store in Boulder, Colorado.
Agrarian is selling confidence to its customers, according to commentary by the co-owner Dave Stuckert. All of the storeowners are genuinely surprised and absolutely thrilled by the number of community residents who are interested in urban farming, and excited to encourage and council those who have felt hesitant, skeptical of where to start to be successful. It has been a team effort to service the individual needs of the customers, and if you are even the slightest bit interested in urban farming, Agrarian is the place to go. To see what is new in the store and for more information on the urban homestead classes, visit their website and follow them on Twitter @agrarianindy.