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
In 2016 the PLOT transformed a vacant 2-acre site near the Surrey Newton Bus Loop into a plentiful organic Sharing Garden, FREE to all the community. The garden is anchored by the Newton Medicine Wheel, which creates a physical, cultural and spiritual context for personal and community healing. Free healthy food, weekly work parties and Sunday Picnics, plus universal indigenous solstice/equinox celebrations engage a very diverse neighbourhood. Wonderful and unexpected connections are made between those of all ages, stages and stations in life – young, elderly, families, long-time residents, newcomers, immigrants, refugees, those with means, those without (including the homeless and those with substance abuse and mental health challenges).
Our goal is not just to support local food security, but to nurture spirits in a community with painful and chronic challenges. Through inclusion, sharing, and trust, we strive to create a place of hope, abundance, safety and compassion. The PLOT has been lauded by social innovators, writers, and replicators as a bold and dynamic way of helping heal a broken community.
A short Doc about the PLOT
Documentary courtesy of Jasmeen Virk, Anna Choi, Yasmeen Hakimi, SFU School of Interactive Arts and Technology
What makes the PLOT exceptional?
Read what some leading social changemakers have written about the PLOT