We’re thrilled to be able to launch our Sprouts Innovators Club next week. These fun workshops build community while allowing our participants to think creatively. Not only that? But you’ll also earn a pin for every activity!
Our first week of Sprouts will be an Introduction to Computer Coding with LexLadies Code. This workshop requires a laptop and headphones, put the pizza and super fun learning environment will be free. Two laptops and headsets will be available for loan. Future classes will vary from the practical “How to Create a Vision Board” to the wildly impractical “Zombie Apocalypse Lock Picking” (although some may argue that being prepared for a Zombie Apocalypse is very practical, indeed). Be sure to like the Sprouts Innovators Club on Facebook to keep up with all the shenanigans.
Sarah Hood at local fiber store, ReBelle, has been weaving this beautiful rug out of t-shirts. We found ourselves inspired! There are so many enriching and important events in the lives of our community – what would it look like if we wove a rug out of our collective experiences? We are asking our members, and people in the greater community, to bring us t-shirts that have some meaning in their lives. It will take 60 or 70 shirts to make this happen. Please drop off your shirts at the Plantory and make your story part of OUR story.
We are excited to introduce our newest volunteer, Nick Pennington. When he’s not helping us get settled from our move you can find him working at the Weekly Juicery, and finishing his sociology major at Georgetown.
Read all about us in the Lexington Herald Leader’s Business Monday article.
Here are some of our favorite quotes from the article:
“We do have a fun business, and having our office located within the Plantory makes things that much better,” said Kaelyn Query, founder and president of LexEffect. “LexEffect strives to promote the community and local people, so it’s nice to be around like-minded folks who are also trying to improve the community. We are a relatively new, small company so the very reasonable rent, low overhead, and shared expenses couldn’t be a better option for us.”
Query said the Plantory environment encourages collaboration among its tenants.
“We have collaborated with nonprofits that we weren’t aware of before. We met the folks at CirrusMio (which provides cloud-based solutions and services) and are working on a few projects with them. We needed an app developed and met a great guy at the Plantory who does just that.”
Kay Hoffman, chair of the Plantory board and a tenant with her CHES Solutions Group for human services organizations, said that the Plantory’s prospects for encouraging the growth of nonprofits and community-conscious businesses are bright.
“The amount of collaboration we’re able to do with a few people is pretty remarkable,” she said. “If the little bit that we have (at Third Street) is a prediction of what it will be like when we have more and more varied groups, it’s going to be pretty fantastic.”
The Plantory has openings in its new space at The Bread Box! Do you know of any growing nonprofits who might like to join?
Want to know more? Click here: Join us
access to all Plantory trainings
internet access, wireless printer/scanner/photocopier/fax
security systems and monitoring
access to Plantory-managed upper level interns
conference room access
shared kitchen access
AV equipment use
on-site office bulk supply purchasing
discounted rates for administrative services (accounting, legal, etc.)
consideration for in-house pro bono support
video editing station
And the fun stuff:
plantory bikes available for check-out
commuter shower access conveniently located at a trolley stop located on the Legacy Trail bike route
access to nap room
fit bike and treadmill desk
access to the loft – an intentionally creative space with art supplies, video games, and more
What IS The Plantory?
The Plantory is an innovative coworking space that grows good ideas and connects communities. We take care of the administrative needs of our nonprofit tenants so that they can focus on their missions and get more good work done for the community. We also meet a critical need in Lexington’s nonprofit world by intentionally growing our community as an affordable center where cooperation and creativity can flourish through workspace, meeting space, incubation services, workshops, and networking events.
But what do you DO? Although our mission to alleviate nonprofits’ overhead is constant, the steps we take to improve the nonprofit community look different every day. Sometimes, you will find us scheduling a coffee date between two organizations that are working on similar projects and could connect to share resources. Some days, you will find us helping one of our community members write a grant application. Other days we are hosting a workshop series so that directors of small nonprofits (who don’t have a budget for ongoing education) can continue to grow and get better at their jobs. Every day, we also do things like have a receptionist for everyone to share, answer phones, pay utilities, handle conference room scheduling, fundraise for money to subsidize everyone’s rent, etc. Basically, we do a lot of the administrative stuff that nonprofit directors would otherwise have to do. This frees up their time so that they can focus more on their missions.
You might have seen a lot of good going on around the Plantory. We have regular meetings going on in our Conference Room, our tenants are using our facility for great community work, and Elvis has become a top-notch greeter. We are working hard each and every day to ensure our space is a comfortable, efficient, and friendly workplace for all who visit. We’re a community where good grows, and we’re so grateful that so many people have partnered with us in various ways to make our community a success.
With so many great people in our community, lots of great projects, and tons of collaboration, our first home on 3rd Street is getting a little crowded. We’ve reached tenant capacity and have often cannot accommodate some community meetings – because our Conference Room is so frequently booked! We’re growing – and we’re expanding outside of this facility.
Our friends over at The Bread Box on West 6th Street have partnered with us to ensure that we’ll have a new home to move into. We’re talking to some amazing architects who are designing a unique and functional space which will accommodate all of our needs and your’s! Our new conference rooms will be top of the line, and our open floor plan will be inviting, effective, and cost-friendly for all. In time, we’ll have better technology, great workshops planned, and tons of energy focused on community collaboration.
We are still working out a lot of details. We’re going to begin a capital campaign to help raise the funds needed to outfit the space and really make it feel like our new home. We’re seeking commitments from a variety of different types of people and organizations who will become great additions to our community. We’re also adding special features like showers for guests who need to come in from out of town, creative art space, and much-needed storage space for our tenants. This is Plantory version 2.0 – and we’re so excited to get started!
We have a lot to do – and we haven’t even figured out a move-in date yet! If you’re interested in helping, contact Executive Director Angela Baldridge right away at firstname.lastname@example.org. She’s looking for anyone with great ideas, a creative fundraising mind, and the passion to make the Plantory bigger and better!
We have more surprises and details to come. Can’t wait to embark on this journey with you!
Angela, Daniel, and Jill