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How are you?

Each year, spring provides a welcome time to get outdoors, enjoy fresh air, and start preparing our gardens. But, this spring has challenged us all in new ways. Thankfully, it still is a good time to get outside for a bit, even if we need to practice physical distancing.

Good news: our programs will carry on—and you can help be involved.

We are closely working with the City of Hartford and other local non-profits to support you and your neighbors in the best way possible. We have to stay flexible in our strategy, but we will be giving updates on both our website and through social media over the coming weeks.

In response to the short-term challenges our neighbors will likely face, our team has adapted our programming to grow food that will be shared when ready. This week over a thousand seeds were started in our greenhouse to kick start some new ways KNOX can help.

Our community gardeners are signing up for space in KNOX gardens. If you are interested in garden space, contact Kyle Borbas (Kyleb@knoxhartford.org) to apply. We would also love your help spreading the word. Let’s fill the 20 community gardens throughout Hartford and help families grow fresh produce!

Our crew has stepped in wonderfully to ensure that KNOX City Planters will add beautiful flowers to the city for the full season. Clearly it’s very satisfying for them to get their hands in the soil, either with these or when planting trees.

Based on the recommendations of the CDC and elected officials, our offices are closed to the public. But KNOX staff is hard at work (many remotely) and hopeful we can play a role in helping our community—especially to access fresh food. Please stay in touch. Email and social media work best to ensure we don’t miss your note.

We still need your support to do our part. Stay in contact, share our work with people (especially if garden space would help them), or making a donation are great ways to show your compassion. Your past support has made Hartford greener and healthier; it’s needed now more than ever.

With gratitude and hopes that you are well,

Patrick Doyle

We are here for you! You can reach me at patrickd@knoxhartford.org or find a full list of staff e-mails at www.knoxhartford.org/about-know/staff/.