OUR MISSION

New Britain ROOTS promotes the diversity, education and empowerment of those who farm, produce, prepare and eat food in our community. We partner with local farmers, advocates for healthy food, and creators of New Britain’s many cultural cuisines, to make fresh, nutritious food accessible and affordable to all. ROOTS works with K-12 students, using a social justice and youth development approach. We support youth and adults in entrepreneurial and employment programs focused on sustainable urban agriculture, land stewardship and food systems.

A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other’s lives. It is the knowledge that people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in each other, the freedom with which they come and go among themselves.
— Wendell Berry

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Constructed ten school gardens and two school greenhouses in New Britain

  • Provided After-School programs to over 500 students, K-12th grade since 2015

  • Matched a combined total of $20,000 in SNAP/EBT spending and Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program checks

  • Diverted one ton of residual food waste from the a landfill for the purpose of compost.

  • Trained and employed 50 youth in our City Growers Farmer Apprenticeship program.

  • Taught over 800 students in Farm-to-Summer School programs

  • Served more than 3,000 people in the city through operation at our mobile market sites

  • Partnered with five local farms to increase access to and make fresh, nutrition food affordable in our community

  • Launched a Garden Club at the New Britain Senior Center where flowers,herbs, and vegetables are planted for sale at the farmers market.