We recognize sustainability, in all its forms, as an important tenet of nonviolence and it is among our highest values at the Gandhi Institute. We therefore operate with both the present and future in mind as we work to better the environment, our community, and our organization.
We operate a 19-bed vegetable garden and greenhouse on our property. Our space is also home to a small apple tree orchard and lots of flowers that keep the pollinators happy. We use permaculture principles to work with the natural ecosystem and make our own organic compost on-site to support healthy, nutrient-rich soil.
Our staff maintains the garden with the generous help of neighbors, youth, and community members. Throughout the summer, we share our produce with our neighbors at our weekly garden give-away and stock the closest corner store in an effort to transform the Plymouth-Exchange Neighborhood’s status as a food desert.
The Gandhi House
In 2012 the Gandhi Institute moved to the Plymouth-Exchange neighborhood in an effort to better serve Rochester youth and community members. What is now the Gandhi House had been an abandoned building for 17 years and was lovingly restored by two friends and landlords of the Institute, David Knoll and David Skinner, along with their construction crew and a host of community helpers.
Since moving to the Gandhi House, we have hosted hundreds of groups attending films, concerts, meetings, dialogues, training, and community service opportunities. In addition to office space, the house contains a library, a small retail area to purchase ‘Gandhi gear,’ a workshop / meeting room space, a meditation room, and a kitchen. Community spaces on the first floor are wheelchair-friendly.
The house is maintained by staff and volunteers, just as the garden is. To discourage violence against animals and the environment, we only eat vegetarian dishes in our space. This building and its history is a wonderful metaphor for our work. We are so grateful to be here and always welcome visitors.