Voices of Hartford

Featured left to right: Aaliyah Campbell, Jerrell Starling, Anaisja Henry, Rachel Arnett, and Elizabeth Recar

Summer of Solutions Hartford coordinates the Urban Farming Internship each growing season. Interns, ages 16+ work together in school, community, and public education gardens for 8 hours a week.

To complement their work in the gardens, all the interns come together each Friday for a workshop series. Our Program Coordinators Sonsharae, Aaliyah, and Tenaya have been working hard this winter to put together an incredible workshop series for our interns. 

This year, they re-envisioned the workshop series to highlight the voices of Hartford residents, people of color, and LGBTQ+ experiences. Instead of leading each of the workshops ourselves, most Fridays we will either have a visiting speaker or a field trip. In designing this program, we also wanted to represent a variety of learning styles. You will see from the schedule that some workshops involve writing, art, movement, or discussion. 

Our goal for this workshop series is that the interns will be exposed to a variety of local voices and different strategies for creating a just and sustainable community. 

Above, Chloe Hendron

We are welcoming 15 visiting speakers this year, and holding three field trips. Here are some of the confirmed speakers: 
- Elizabeth Recar, Murals for Us: Reclaiming Neighboorhoods with Art
- Rachel Arnett, How Racial and Other Biases Impact Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment
- Anaisja Henry, Intersectionality in Low Income Communities
- Sonsharae Owens and Jerrell Starling, Anti-Oppression Discussion Panel with People of Color
- Tekowa Lakica, Artist, Food justice activist 
- Aaliyah Campbell, Sustainable Leadership 
- Nichol McCarter, LGBT Center at Central Connecticut State University
- Chloe Hendron, Surprise Workshop! 
- Mone’t Rivera, Organic Face Masks

Where your donation goes: 
Your donation will allow us to fairly compensate our guest speakers for their time, staff our workshops, cover materials cost, reimburse drivers for field trip transportation, and make a donation to our field trip hosts. 

By the numbers: 
Speaker fee for 15 speakers: $1,500 
Staffing each workshop with 2 Program Coordinators: $1,440
Donations to 3 field trip hosts: $450
Fee to GoFundMe: $280
Fee to our fiscal sponsor: $200
Supplies for workshops: $130

Above, Sonsharae Owens

What's in it for you: 
If you are a first-time donor, we would love to thank you for contributing by mailing you a sample of the mint tea we grow right on Zion Street. 
If you have donated in the past and you increase your donation by any amount this year, we will put your name into a hat to win one of ten baskets of fresh produce grown in the Zion Street Community Garden by our intern team. 

We hope you will join us in this mission to create green space, grow fresh produce, and train Hartford’s next generation of urban farmers and food activists! 

With gratitude,
Sonsharae, Aaliyah, Tenaya, and Jennifer


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Jennifer Roach 
Hartford, CT
New England Grassroots Environment Fund Inc 
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