NEW BRITAIN – Residents will have the opportunity to visit local gardens next month at the annual Garden Crawl fundraising event after last year’s event was held virtually due to the pandemic.
New Britain ROOTS will host the fundraiser on October 2, which will feature school garden tours, refreshments, and a silent auction that will feature locally made products. The money raised from the event will help support the City Growers, a youth apprenticeship program.
Roots Executive Director Joey Listro said the goal of the event is to show people in the community the mission of ROOTS and the work done with gardens in schools. The programs are meant to cultivate community connections and focus on equitable access to quality food, agriculture and education. The students involved in the program will lead the tours.
“The goal of our event is really to show people in the community and our supporters the mission of our organization first hand,” Listro said.
Due to the pandemic, the event was held virtually last year and the silent auction and fundraising was online. Attendees will be able to view the newly built aquaponics system in the greenhouse at New Britain High School.
“Really we wanted to incorporate aquaponics as a tool for some of the STEM education happening at the high school. Something that the kids can really engage with and get their hands on,” Listro said.
Annalise Kieley, a coordinator with ROOTS, said the silent auction was featured online last year, along with online cooking class. This year buses will take people to different garden locations and the events will be held in person.
“We are looking forward to doing something a little more traditional this year while keeping covid precautions in mind,” Kieley said.
The event will follow proper covid-19 protocols with masks required indoors, social distancing on buses, smaller tour groups and dining outside. Buses will depart from South Church courtyard every 15 minutes and refreshments will be available at the courtyard throughout the day. The silent auction bidding will be available from 11am to 1:30 pm.
Tickets are $80 per person. Residents that cannot attend will be able to purchase a ticket that will be donated to a member of the New Britain community.