Cultivating the mind and our community

The word culture comes from the Latin “to till,” and we love its roots, so to speak, in agriculture (which means “to till the field”). By Shakespeare’s time a newer meaning — cultivation of the mind — had been established, and eventually “culture” encompassed our shared activities as a society. For The Common Acre, this means performances, art exhibits, lectures, festivals, and community organizing. Ultimately it means growing a more diverse, healthy, vibrant, and lasting community.

The Common Acre is unique in the way we have integrated creativity into science-based ecological change. In fact, we believe this is not a gratuitous combination: only imaginative thinking will be able to push our society forward as we get past the ecological imbalances we have caused.