Growing community, ability and food security!

Imagineering a new kind of public facility where we socialize and learn while working together to provide food sovereignty, community and enjoyment for all. Connected on-line and by mass transit, Our Heart Gardens will create strong, multifaceted cities with resilience that embrace All Our Relations, and Mother Earth.

To help, and be a part of the creationing: Contact us now!

Welcome to the Home page! On the other two pages of the website, The Elements and Contact Us, you will find the different bits involved in creating the first Our Heart Gardens, Comments, and a bio of the Originator, Shannon McArthur. You can also click over to the blog to see what's new!

The Concept and Four Families, Plus describe in two ways what is being proposed. When you've had a look, click over to the Contact Us page and tell us your answer to the question: How would access to an Our Heart Gardens change your life?

The Concept

First Nations philosophies of abundance and respect can help us overcome the cause and effects of modern Western thinking. Living and striving only for oneself and one's family in competition for a perceived shortage of resources has resulted in hunger and poverty for many while the few that have many things are disconnected from their communities. Illness and disease caused by lack of good food, health care, money, time or inclination, drains the vitality of our civilization. Together, we can fix it...

Needs of community, dignity and food security are provided by in-door organic gardens in re-purposed buildings producing year-round fresh food, tended by people enjoying the company of others as they work together, surrounded by living walls of the plants that feed them. And while they work, they are entertained and educated by a diversity of people, in person or connected online on big screens. Meals and fresh produce to take home and/or bus tickets give value for value given. Mass transit linking Our Heart Gardens have higher ridership, frequency, dependability and improved security. A kaleidoscope of diversity, visiting them could be a day-trip excursion, and a tourist attraction.

A special benefit of enclosing the smell of fertile earth within a building - not only pleasant, it has medicine in it… just 15 minutes exposure to the rich smell of fertile earth can relieve symptoms of Anxiety and Clinical Depression all day. It's never the wrong medicine, has no adverse side-effects and no overdoses!  We can all enjoy and benefit from it - drop in before you catch the bus and take the happy to work...

Primary Our Heart Gardens include a unique mix of some of the following, depending on needs, location and involvement:

  • a large area surrounded by living walls where people gather to work, share and play
  • large parking lot with many stalls converted to growing space with movable planters
  • a food hub, kitchen(s) and restaurant(s)
  • artisan studios, so students and mentors can find each other
  • child, elder and challenged engagement
  • government services access
  • rehearsal space
  • a Sweat Lodge, sauna, Moon Room, bathing facilities
  • laundry and sewing room
  • nurse and midwife consultations
  • clinic space for scheduled visits by specialists and doctors (psychologist, podiatrist, nutritionist, etc.)
  • alternative health practitioners and estheticians whose free/cost-only services help those in need while they attract new clients, or to practice before moving into their own businesses
  • composting, soil mixing, and workshops
  • exercise machines to convert our daily exercise into power (POP = Power of People!!)
  • offices for planning and administration

Secondary Our Heart Gardens (or affiliates) can be outside or greenhouse gardens, POP facilities, retail outlets for produce or products created in the Gardens (and to increase awareness of them), family baths and meeting places in Seniors’ Homes, clothing alterations or re-purposing, and composting facilities. Flexibility fosters inclusion and diversity is interesting!

Management, internal and external, is to be provided by a council elected and informed by Sharing Circles, another valuable part of Indigenous culture that lets all participants of the Garden to be fully heard with consideration and respect. Culture and new ways of thinking and interacting, from an abundant point of view, can be taught, deeply experienced and practiced.

Reweaving the connections broken by today's culture in the Gardens is the focus of elders and participants with the strength to be vulnerable and open while they share skills and resources, ritual, storytelling, ceremony, and simply talking and sharing a meal. Our Heart Gardens provide a place where believing, and acting from the belief, that love is the most powerful force in the universe can be remembered, nurtured, and then spread throughout our society. 

As 24/7/365 facilities, Our Heart Gardens will improve accessibility to help for the vulnerable and give shift-workers, insomniacs and people in recovery a good place to go. Elders can be part of things without being vulnerable. New moms who need child-care and people who are hungry or homeless or need a bath can get what they need, as would the lost and the lonely. Bread-winners come to exercise, eat a meal and share some time with others before going home to, or with, their families. Our Heart Gardens is a place to hear the wisdom of our Elders, and to allow the joy of children to infect all our lives.

Copyright Shannon McArthur