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Who We Are

ROOTS was formed to promote food justice in New Britain by addressing food insecurity and by creating garden-based and nutrition education programs for youth and adults. Through our incentives program, ROOTS, has doubled access to whole foods for low-income consumers by distributing vouchers that add additional value to SNAP, WIC, and Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program coupons. In 2015, we have doubled nearly $9000 dollars. Our partnership with many elementary schools and the high school has seen the development of 5 school gardens. We offer technical assistance for the schools to maintain the gardens. We also develop the gardens through after school programs. Our “Urban Farmer” curriculum has been developed over 7 years and is taught in three after school programs, which each utilize their school garden as a teaching tool. ROOTS hosts field trips to Urban Oaks Organic Farm for many local schools and scouting groups. We oversee the summer youth employment program, which employs 16 high schoolers for 6 weeks in the summer for an intensive farm and marketing internship. Through our Mobile Market Assistance Program, ROOTS brings produce from Urban Oaks Organic Farm to low-income neighborhoods to set up a farm stand and offer our incentive program for shoppers.

What We Do

ROOTS is a community-engaged non-profit dedicated to promoting food security and food justice. We have our roots in New Britain where our popular mobile food market is seen everywhere! Education and food security are our primary activities. We make healthy food accessible and affordable to our low-income neighbors. We work with Connecticut's farmers, food artisans and food activists. We learn and teach with people of all ages, and provide education programs for elementary and high school students on food justice, farming sustainability and empowered eating practices. 

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