Every Spring, after the snow has melted and the daffodils have bloomed, children join us in our City Sprouts gardens and plant their first seed. Week after week, spring through fall, they return to the garden and grow their seeds to sprouts, sprouts to harvests, and harvests to delicious salads. They begin to discover the natural world around them - from the budding zinnias to the birds flying overhead, to the falling leaves and the crisp autumn breeze.
For over 16 years, City Sprouts has provided children in our community with their first chance to discover the beauty of nature in a safe, natural green space right in their neighborhood. City Sprouts is a unique, full-service program that empowers children in their discovery of food and nature. Every week, City Green’s talented Garden Educators work in our gardens at after-school sites to provide hands-on, nature-based, experiential lessons to preschool through middle school-aged children. From plant life cycles to seed saving, bird feeder crafts to leaf crowns, children engage in lessons that nurture their senses and inspire a lifelong connection to gardening and nature.
Whether it's tasting their first radish, harvested from a raised bed and diced into a strawberry radish salsa, or picking their first flower and turning it into a colorful bouquet filled with native blooms, City Sprouts introduces children to the magic and excitement of the natural world. From the Boys & Girls Club of Passaic and the Paterson Public Library, to Camp Youth Development in Paterson and the Eastside Park Learning Garden, City Sprouts’ gardens are located at cornerstone community organizations that invite children from across the community to explore, discover, create, engage, and play.
This year, we invite you to join us in supporting our 2022 Year End Campaign, Sprouting in the City. With your support, together we can raise $50,000 and continue to grow the magic of City Sprouts and empower children in their discovery of food and nature.
With your support during our Year End Campaign, this spring:
- 131 children will harvest and taste their first garden fresh tomatoes at the Boys and Girls Club of Passaic
- 127 children will create their first birdfeeder to hang in the garden and identify native birds at the Boys and Girls Club of Clifton
- 265 children will explore autumn and the changing leaves in the Learning Garden at Eastside Park in Paterson