Neighborhood Roots works to develop short and long-term solutions to strengthen Guilford's local food economy, build community connections, and improve food access for everyone. All of our programs are volunteer-run. We welcome everyone to get involved!
Guilford Food Hub
The Guilford Food Hub supports local farmers & helps make local food convenient and affordable for everyone in our community. It's a lot like an online farmers market, with ordering & pickup every other week at the Broad Brook Community Center. All items are grown or produced locally (much of it right here in Guilford) or regionally. Click here to find out more about the Guilford Food Hub.
Little Free Pantries
Neighborhood Roots built two Little Free Pantries in Guilford - one near the corner of Weatherhead Hollow and Guilford Center Road, and another at the Guilford Center Natural Playscape on Carpenter Hill Road. They are open to everyone in our community to take and to share non-perishable food items, personal care items, and fresh summer produce.
Skill Sharing Events
We organize regular skill-sharing workshops in gardening, food preservation, cooking, and storage. Past workshops include: fruit tree pruning, grafting, Rich Earth Institute's Urine My Garden workshop, companion planting, and seed saving. If you'd be willing to share a skill, or if there's something that you'd like to learn, let us know. Sign up for our email list so you can hear about these events.
We organize a winter Seed Swap, a spring Plant Swap and fall Harvest Swap. These are fun community events for neighbors to exchange seeds and seedlings, and the fruits of their homestead in the fall. Turn your extras into something new for your garden, trade homemade preserves, baked goods & crafts - connect with neighbors, and have fun! Sign up for our email list so you can hear about these events.
Neighborhood Roots wants to empower our community to grow as much food as we can - including in our own backyards and shared spaces. There are a couple of exciting land-based community farming and gardening projects in the works (stay tuned!). We also organize group orders for discounts on plants, seeds and growing supplies from Fedco and West River Seeds.
Comfrey Commons is a little community pay-what-you-want plant nursery that specializes in perennial edible and medicinal plants. If you have extra perennials, plant starts, and seeds, drop them off at Comfrey Commons to share with others, too! Half of all proceeds will be donated to local nonprofit groups. We'll be open for the 2023 season in early May. Click here to find out more about Comfrey Commons.