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Important Update From Collective Roots

Dear Community Partner,

Collective Roots has experienced a few rough patches over the past couple months, but we are happy to let you know that Collective Roots made it through and is gearing up for 2015.

Here’s what happened this fall: Collective Roots encountered some very severe financial struggles, which meant that we needed to halt programming and lay off much of the staff. We thankfully secured a grant from the Flora Family Foundation which ultimately enabled us to keep our doors (and weekly farmers’ market) open. EPACs secured funding for their own programming, so the gardens stayed open too.

We are now working hard to rebuild Collective Roots, though this won’t happen overnight. We are developing a strategic plan, and hope to have this finalized by the end of Q1 2015. Our vision is to restructure Collective Roots to ensure the success of its core programs and meet as many of our grant requirements as possible. In the short term, our focus will be on the farmers’ market, Fresh Checks, and the Backyard Gardeners Network. We are also working to hire an executive director, and will hire part time staff to fulfill programmatic needs.

As you can see, 2015 will be a year of rebuilding and growth. It will be a lot of work, and we don’t expect Collective Roots to look the same as it did this time last year. However, we are confident that this next year will enable us to create a stronger and more sustainable foundation for Collective Roots and the community it serves.

Everyone involved is looking forward to the great future of Collective Roots. I will continue to keep you informed as we move forward through the process, so please stay tuned!  In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at


Melanie Harris

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