A Community Sharing Garden
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead
Now in its second season, the PLOT is an abundant free food-sharing garden on a 2-acre site for ALL community to access, without social barriers of ownership or membership.
It has been recognized as a dynamic connector in a community with many challenges by social innovators, writers, and others who wish to replicate the garden on their respective sites.
An indigenous Medicine Wheel anchors the PLOT, providing a physical, cultural and moral context. Community gatherings are held to observe and celebrate equinoxes and solstices.
Weekly volunteer work parties and Sunday picnics connect a diverse range of people – young, elderly, families, long-time residents, newcomers, immigrants, those with means and those without (including the homeless and those with substance and mental health challenges).
The PLOT demostrates that not only can a project based on inclusion, sharing, and trust help to heal; but it can become a source of local engagement, meaning and pride.