A benefit supper for Bristol-based Hearty Roots featuring wood-fired pizzas and supporting woods-bound local youth will take place Tuesday, Nov. 21 from 5-9 p.m. at Flatbread Company, 399 Commercial St., Rockport.
“My heart is so happy and full after my week with Hearty Roots camping with new friends, paddle boarding, and learning yoga in the woods,” said one young Hearty Roots participant.
Forty local youth ages 9-16 shared similar reflections from their time at Hearty Roots during the organization’s impactful pilot summer of 2017. Starting in February, Hearty Roots will offer year-round outdoor skills programs, with mindfulness and yoga woven throughout. There will be options for all youth to choose from: after-school, daytime, or extended overnight camping trips.
Hearty Roots is purposely portable, with the intention of running programs at local and accessible preserves and nature centers in Lincoln County. All of its programs in the upcoming year will take place on land managed by Midcoast Conservancy and DRA. In doing so, Hearty Roots shares the miles of trails and waterfront that can be explored beyond a Hearty Roots session, as kids return to those places to pursue healthy outlets with fond associations and newly discovered skills.
A portion of the pizza sales will go toward Hearty Roots’ scholarship fund.