What is the Inspire plot?
This is a private plot shared by multiple members who maintain and share the produce from the plot. The Inspire plot was founded in March 2017. The plot gives members (who otherwise wouldn't have the time and/or experience to be able to maintain a plot on their own) a chance to work with other gardeners to learn about gardening. The Inspire Plot holds work parties each month in addition to other events with INSPIRE to help maintain the plot. The plot is intended to be a place to learn how to garden.
Inspire Plot Council
Suma Karanam Manager
Suma has a Masters degree in mathematics and has taught undergraduate math to both arts and science students for five years at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She relocated to Berkeley in March 2017 from Bangalore, India. She also volunteers as a committee member of the University Village community garden. She found the Inspire plot a great way to expand her horizons from container gardening and to meet a diverse and socially engaged group of people in a new city.
Sam has been a village resident for a year and is Ph.D student studying anthropology. He is originally from the South West of England but did his undergraduate degree in London. His parents don’t have a green thumb between them but his mum’s mum has a large ornamental garden and his dad’s dad struggled valiantly to grow tomatoes in the North of England in a greenhouse he built out of old windows.
Niki Vital Founder
I moved to the Berkeley Area from Germany in 2016. I currently work for the Nutrition Policy Institute and hope that my volunteer work with the University village garden and Inspire plot can help to encourage people to be more active and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. I hope that the inspire plot serves as a space to build new bonds, to learn a life skill, improve health and help reduce our carbon footprint.
Special thanks to INSPIRE, the University Village Residents Association & the Berkeley Food Institute for helping support the Inspire plot
Inspire plot membership required
Want to become an Inspire Plot member?
To join Inspire plot you do not need to be a member of INSPIRE but you do need to be a University Village Resident. The Inspire Plot was created to give relocated partners a chance to develop a new skill. If you are a relocated partner that wants a chance to learn a new hobby with a great international team please write to us firstname.lastname@example.org