Hartford’s Charter Oak Cultural Center‘s doing just that. The brainchild of 21-year old center intern, Ethan Burke, the idea is to fill planters with growing vegetables, train people to care for them, and then offer the veggies to people who need them. The program, BOTS Pots (named after Hartford’s street newspaper, Beat of the Street, another center project), will launch this Friday, and doesn’t this just make sense?
The first plantings are sponsored by First Church of Christ (also known as Center Church), in downtown Hartford. Charter Oak’s executive director, Rabbi Donna Berman, said:
As a result of limited food choices, it is often the case that Charter Oak’s neighbors are left with less healthy foods to eat. This has influenced the rise of obesity and diabetes in the neighborhoods. That’s why a program like BOTS pots is so important.
If you want to help this worthy project, adopting a pot costs $300, but you can send any amount to: Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford, CT 06105, and put BOTS Pots in the FOR: line on your checks.