COMMON ROOTS reached its goal for the Wheeler House Refrigerator and Freezer!
“Never underestimate the power of five families and local businesses coming together to make a difference!”
By Carol McQuillen
What better way to educate our children toward a more sustainable future than to have community members participate in events that make a difference! About 150 community members came to our Davis Studio Art Event on April 8 in support of our kitchen equipment goal. Thanks to this successful event, the second day of our Community Food Shares program will be the first week in May. Common Roots is currently planning culinary programs centered on nutrient-dense foods for this lovely kitchen as well.
It all started when Hajira and Osman discerned that she wanted their daughter Hadia to become involved in the Community Food Shares program of Common Roots.
Four other families also reached out to Common Roots in support of our mission of food education and access. Before we knew it members of the Ahmed-Buttar, Cutroni, McCarney, Philips and Giulianelli families gathered around the table to brainstorm the kitchen equipment goal.
Another key ingredient to this successful event was the kind heart of Teresa Davis, who gave us free access to the beautiful studio on Shelburne Road and Osman who supported all the supplies. Merchant’s Bank offered a corporate sponsorship gift of $2,500. The generous Cutroni family matched dollar for dollar up to $3,500. City Market and Double Tree/Hilton, our community partners, provided plentiful, quality foods, volunteers and more. The many silent auction items came from generous local businesses piqued the interest of our guests. This fun community event brought families together to make art, support Common Roots and connect with one another. Thank you one and all who participated in this lovely evening in any way!
If enhancing your summer fare with the organic, nutrient-dense foods that you and your family will enjoy eating this summer sounds appealing to you, learn more about the CSA shares Common Roots is selling at this time. The pick-up will be at the Farm at South Village, located at Allen Road and Spear Street.
Go to our website and order you share today! We’re right in your city and your purchase supports five Common Roots programs. Our signature program is our Farm to School, through which we have provided a food lesson in each K-5 elementary classroom for eight years. This academic year we have included South Burlington pre-school classrooms as well. For more information, please go to www.commonroots.org.