Charter Oak’s commitments to ending hunger in Hartford and to providing a safe and nurturing environment to the children in our neighborhood led to the creation of Putting Down Roots in Hartford, a program that welcomes children, free of charge, to participate in creating, maintaining and harvesting organic vegetables from the gardens in our courtyard.
Putting Down Roots in Hartford is a summer organic gardening program that teaches gardening, nutrition, healthy living, science, math and reading skills and provides fresh vegetables for the children participating, their families, and the community.
• Teaches the participants how to prepare fresh fruits and vegetables, the importance of eating healthy food and making healthy life choices.
• Enriches the children, both artistically and academically.
• Teaches them the importance of protecting our environment.
Putting Down Roots in Hartford is funded in part by Aetna and the Ellis A. Gimbel Trust.