City Sprouts is a non-profit community garden located in Omaha, NE. We maintain a demonstration garden on 40th and Franklin St where we grow chemically free for both demonstration and education. Fanilies from the neighborhood as well as other parts of the city "adopt" plots during the growing season to grow both vegetables and friedships in our garden. The vegetables grown in our demonstration plots are donated to area shelters and food banks.
We have existed in this location for 10 years and now are in a stage of change and growth. We are redesigning our garden space to create an area of both beauty and acessability. This is possible because of a grant from the NE Statewide Arboretum. Our garden now has pathways throughout that will accomodate wheelchairs and will soon have raised beds in 3 heights ... 18", 24" and 30". the 24" size is perfect for wheel chair acess and the 30" size is right for people with limited ability to bend and stoop. We have also recently had the house right behind the garden donated to us which, after renovation, will become our Community Education center. This will give us the ability to offer classes year round.
As with most small non-profits our biggest challenge is maintaing the capacity to grow and offer consistant relevant programming. We are currently developing 2 new programs that I believe will have a great impact once funded. The first is a new gardener mentor program. In this program each family or individual who is new to gardening will be matched with a seasoned gardener. They will meet for classes in our Education center from Jan thru April. Once the growing season begins in May they will work together in the garden to help insure success the first season for the new gardener. Once the family learns to garden, they will have their own source of healty produce, increasing both food secruity and confidence. The second program under development is titled "Natural Connections". This program will teach children about the natural world through gardening. So many children today have no feeling of connectedness to the earth and have no idea where their food comes from. We hope to move a new generation toward a strong connection to home grown food and self reliance.
It is also my hope to create a market garden within the next two years with a permanant farmer's market structure on a piece of land that has just been offered to City Sprouts. This would offer opportunities to increase local food supplies, internships and education. This area would offer a number of individually owned micro business opportunities for local residents. We will, however, require increased funding to maintain a project of this scope.
As we grow we will post information about plant sales and products on this site. If you would like to support our growth please contact Janie York, Director at 402-623-4402
City Sprouts ... Sustaining and Uniting Communities through Gardening. To help support our growth please contact Janie York at 402-623-4402
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