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.
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.