Window garden

Now that we’re into the second week of the program, we’ve really gotten started with the garden at CTRA. We couldn’t really get much done the first week since it was cold and rainy. We turned the soil in the garden beds and got dirt to lay the beds. At the library we now have a program and materials to start the window garden, so I am looking forward to that in the coming weeks.

7 Month Gardening

My First week working for Summer of Solutions was challenging and fun.

Who Knows All the Dirt?

"Gardner Know all the dirt!"

“Gardeners know all the dirt!”


Last night, we reached our fundraising goal for the Wesley Colbert Zion Street Community Garden, and we have now surpassed our goal by $165! 
We are so, so grateful to everyone who has contributed to our Go Fund Me online campaign, and to everyone who has mailed check donations. In just a few hours, our intern teams will all meet for the first time, and prepare for a wonderful growing season together. 
If you had not gotten a chance to contribute to our fundraiser, but still want to donate, you can do so here: The fundraiser will remain open for two days, and any additional funds we raise will support another intern at the garden.
Or, mail a check to:
c/o Jennifer Roach
Summer of Solutions Hartford
23 Putnam Heights, Apt 3E
Hartford, CT
THANK YOU so much for your continued commitment to our school and community gardens. 
With gratitude,
Jennifer, Sonsharae, and Tenaya


We are $85 short of our fundraising goal to support the Wesley Colbert Zion Street Community Garden this year! Our internship starts tomorrow, and we think we can surpass our fundraising goal before then!

If you can, please make a donation today to help us reach and pass our goal! Any additional funds we raise today will support additional interns at the garden!

Sopport local interns.

Summer of Solutions Hartford just launched a fundraiser on gofundme to raise money to support two interns to work in our community garden on Zion Street for the 2015 growing season!

You can contribute here:

Remember, any amount helps us reach our goal! Please share this link!

Support Urban Interns

“Summer of Solutions is a great program! I enjoyed every aspect of it. I met great people and tried new thing like husk cherries and natural tye dying using vegetables like beets and purple cabbage.” – Aaliyah, Urban Farming Internship, 2014

You can support the 2015 Urban Farming Internship by following this link!

In order to support our interns and ensure that our organization remains sustainable, we charge a contract fee to each garden site. This partially supports the team that dedicates the growing season to caring for that site.

Of course,  at the Wesley Colbert Zion Street Community Garden we do not charge a fee, because the garden is not connected to or supported by any institution.

Please help us raise the fee to cover the Zion Street Garden and support the interns that will spend the growing season raising food in community there.


Reminder Summer of Solutions are seeking 12-14 interns, to participate in a radical movement filled with youth leadership, urban/school gardening, learning about environment injustice. If you or someone you know are interested in any of these topics and have the time to give, please apply. You, and you are welcomed.

Ps. Interns do get paid.


Summer Of Solutions Interns

The application to join the 2015 Urban Farming Internship program is now live! Please share widely!

Who: We are looking for 12 interns, ages 14-30 who are passionate about developing together as leaders and building school and community gardens in Hartford. We want to build a diverse team with different skill sets- so you don’t need to be an expert gardener to join!

What: The Urban Farming Internship is a program of Summer of Solutions Hartford. Interns will work in small teams of four at two of our eight garden locations in Hartford. For 8 hours a week the teams will maintain the gardens, organize community activities, and lead classes for elementary school students in the garden.
For 2 hours each Friday from 3-5pm, the whole team will come together for a leadership development and food justice workshop series. To learn more about the day-to-day of the internship you can read out blog

When: The internship lasts 7 months, from April 1-October 31st. Each garden team will have a different schedule, so interns can choose the one that works best for them. The time commitment is 10 hours/week.

Where: Our gardens are located at the Burns Latino Studies Academy, McDonough Elementary School, Moylan Montessori School, Annie Fisher Montessori School, CT Trash Museum, Connecticut River Academy, the Wesley Colbert Zion Street Community Garden, and a new site to be announced this spring!
The Friday workshop series takes place at Billings Forge Community Works.

Why: The Urban Farming Internship provides an opportunity to work in a strong team to learn urban agriculture and leadership development skills. The internship is paid at $9.25/hour.

How: To apply, please follow the link below and fill out the application. We will get back to you with the status of your application by March 10th via the email address you provide.

Here is the link to apply!:


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