We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Lindsey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The important factor of my success relies heavily upon two realizations: 1. I am already successful and have been for year being that i have not succum to systems of oppression and 2. that I am not my brand; meaning that many of my endeavors are 100% f.u.b.u. (for us by, us.) When one thing ends, another thing emerges. Community keeps me together.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I run The Plant Plug ™ in South Central Los Angeles. It is a curbside plant shop right in the middle of the hood. What sets me apart from is my passion and need for deeply rooted connection. Both figuratively and literally I connect folks through education, conversation and plants. The Plant Plug goes far beyond monetary exchange; buying plant from me comes as an experience.
What I am most proud of and excited about is to dismantle the notion of organic produce being greatly out of reach in these neighborhoods. I’m excited to now be operating year round, making possible for others to utilize any space they may have to grow their own food at low cost.
I will say developing this business model wasn’t easy. Not to deter anyone else from getting started but the hardest part was craving out a clear path and being seen as a business entity. What I learned as a business owner it to practice detachment from moves that would be considered failure, cut back greatly on comparison and most importantly prioritize rest.
I want the world to know how much is available to us when creating our own ecosystems. The lack of fresh organic produce is as deeply redlined and racist as Los Angeles real estate was in the 1950’s & 1960’s. Education will always be at the forefront of The Plant Plug and all its subsidiaries. Lastly, we all have that green thumb; we just have to take it one plant at a time & I am here to help.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my friend was in the area; first thing I would show them the mini farm. afterwards we’d hed down to Coffee Del Mundo off of Florence and Vermont to grab some of the best coffee I’ve ever had (I’m not capping. I was a barista for years and a whole coffee snob) for lunch we’d either go to Stuff I Eat in Inglewood for vegan Soul Food or hit up Voodoo Vegans Pop Up/ Truck. We’re gonna do a lot of eating (all my friends know thats how we roll)
Since its covid many of the other things we’d do would be on pause. Usually I’d take them to The LASH in DTLA to hear DJ Rosegawd spin HerSelections, one of the BEST R&B club nights ive ever been to in L.A.
Nonetheless, I’d have my friend return to the mini farm for us to get our hand dirty and sow a few seeds & collect some fresh eggs. Lemiert Park is where its at all through out the weeks and especially on Sundays. Open Air market and sooooo much Black Owned Art & Businesses.
After all that eating maybe a short trip to the gym would be a great way to wrap up our eating tour. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Jhoe V. owner of Keep It Vertical. She inspired so much of my journey. From me self publishing a book to building & monetizing my brand. She has showed my the power of being transparent and sharing all resources. The secret to her success is that she doesn’t keep secrets…. she Keeps It Vertical and Open to ALL