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We have some BIG news!

Dear Friends:

This news is so big that we wanted to make sure you heard. Starting January 1, 2020, Center for Resilient Cities and Community GroundWorks will merge to become Rooted! With your support, we look forward to continuing to work together as we teach, serve youth, support community gardening, grow food, and steward land. Please make a donation today to support the exciting work we’ll be doing in 2020!

We are delighted to announce that beginning January 1, 2020, Community GroundWorks and Center for Resilient Cities will join to become Rooted! We will have a new name and a new look, but remain the same organizations you have come to know over the past twenty years in your neighborhood, at your farmers market, in your schools, and where you garden.

Our Mission: Collaborations rooted in food, land, and learning.

Rooted has evolved from a desire to merge the strengths of two vibrant Madison organizations committed to collaborations that enable people to grow and thrive in healthy, equitable, and sustainable neighborhoods.

Nothing illustrates the work of our two organizations better than our youth programs:

“I have a crush on carrots!”
“This salsa is so good, I just want to hug you!”
“I’m going home and telling my dad to buy some kale.”
“I love this camp. I’m coming back next summer.”

Every year, kids share their excitement at growing, tasting, and cooking garden-fresh vegetables. Quotes like these have come from many of our garden education sites. This is because our work has always been rooted in the places where food, learning, and community meet.

Now, we will continue that work together. The programs that have given you places to learn and grow and feed your families will be even stronger as we merge our common love for gardening and our shared commitment to community-driven programs.

As Rooted, we look forward to implementing new, community-dreamed programs, while still holding the programs that you have helped us build.

Please continue to join us for monthly dinners and the weekly community market at Badger Rock Neighborhood Center. You will still be able to get your summer vegetables from Troy Farm and Badger Rock Farm, and enjoy Thursday pizza nights at Troy. Northside and South Side community gardeners, you will still be able to grow food and flowers in your community garden plots. Your kids can still explore the land during field trips and at Troy Gardens Day Camp and Badger Rock summer programs. And, as always, we welcome your thoughts on what you’d like to see us do — and your creativity and energy in doing it!

Rooted’s strength comes from the communities in which we work and from people like you. Please consider making a donation today.

Your support will help Rooted move forward as together we teach, serve youth, support community gardening, grow food, and steward land.

We look forward to our future work with you, and we are grateful for all who share our unwavering belief that, to grow and thrive, we must be Rooted in community.

Our warmest wishes for the holiday season,

Marcia Caton Campbell, PhD
Executive Director
Center for Resilient Cities

Karen von Huene
Executive Director
Community GroundWorks