School Gardens and Nutrition Education
Urban Sprouts partners with schools to offer garden-based education during science classes or elective classes, providing 10-40 hours of participation for every student each semester. Every student experiences the full process of planting, growing, harvesting and eating crops from the school garden.
Since 2006, Urban Sprouts has partnered with Garden for the Environment to provide an intensive summer gardening, leadership, and job skills program for 25 youth each year. High school students serve as staff for middle school-aged participants. Summer Sprouts includes: daily garden work; curriculum on gardening, recycling/composting, nutrition and sustainable agriculture; daily harvest and preparation of a healthy breakfast and lunch; field trips; and a youth-led event where participants share their learning with their families and friends. In 2012 we began a new partnership with the Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program to offer paid positions to high school students to extend our Summer Sprouts program to seven weeks, all in the garden at June Jordan School for Equity.