KNOX has been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The past owners of Patrissi Nursery in West Hartford closed their doors in 2016. They were left with a greenhouse they no longer needed and thought to reach out to KNOX. Owner Norma Patrissi wanted to see the greenhouse put to good use. She offered to donate it to KNOX if the nonprofit was able to fund the disassembly and rebuilding of the greenhouse on KNOX’s site. Normally, a greenhouse like this would cost almost $100,000.
The recycled greenhouse has the opportunity to double the inside growing space for KNOX's incubator farming program. This means more Hartford-grown food that reaches the hands of local residents. The opportunity was too good for KNOX Executive Director Ron Pitz to pass up. KNOX knew it must raise the money quickly to make sure the greenhouse was salvaged.
Ron reached out to the Curtis D. Robinson Center for Health Equity at Saint Francis Hospital and center founders Curtis & Sheila Robinson who immediately stepped up and made substantial gifts to support the greenhouse move. Both donors are committed to a healthier Hartford and agreed to join forces to fund this project.
The greenhouse will be named after Curtis & Sheila Robinson in honor of their generous commitment. With $33,000 raised for the project between Saint Francis Hospital and Curtis & Sheila Robinson, we're nearly two-thirds of the way to our goal of $50,000.
That's where you come in.
We need your help to sustain this greenhouse that will serve the Hartford community.
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Questions? Contact Ron Pitz at KNOX, (860) 951-7694 or firstname.lastname@example.org.