Sprout City Farms cultivates educational urban farms to engage and strengthen communities, drive neighborhoods to be more resilient, and root farmers in the city.
We envision a thriving network of accessible city farms which nourish, and are nourished by, their surrounding community.
Your support helps create healthier, more resilient communities and enables us to:
bring affordable, healthy food to schools, neighborhoods, and beyond;
donate food to community organizations and families in need;
educate youth and adults about food and farming;
Sprout City Farms relies on donations to continue our grassroots work. As a small nonprofit with virtually no overhead, we're a lean operation and you can be sure your dollars directly support our food production, distribution, and education programs and make a difference in the communities in which we work!
We're fundraising to enhance the visitor experience at our farms, add program staff to support our farm managers, and prepare for new farm opportunities. We're poised for growth: help us expand the reach of our programs and hit our food access and education goals this year!
Sprout City Farms (SCF) initially evolved out of an edible landscaping company. Throughout 2009, we were approached by a number of community groups interested in urban farming and its potential role in education, food justice and access, economic development, sustainability, community building, and health. While community and school gardens tend to focus more on education and community building, urban farms are unique in their ability to scale up food production and distribution methods to support larger community institutions and whole neighborhoods.
It became apparent that an independent non-profit that could work with many diverse stakeholders was needed to develop a sustainable and replicable model for farming underutilized land across the city. Thus, in response to the growing enthusiasm around farming in public spaces and providing access to healthy food, a group of farmers, researchers, teachers, and business leaders began working together to establish Sprout City Farms in January of 2010.
Testimonials from CSA shareholders:
"I was so happy with the share program! Thanks for working so hard at such a difficult and honorable job. It's inspirational that you all do so much to bring knowledge and nourishing food to our community!"
"I appreciated the welcoming farm crew/ sense of community, consistent access to local produce, and I love being able to come out and tour the farm/ pick people's brains about growing tips and cooking--I definitely eat healthier and was introduced to a wider variety of vegetables."
"What an enjoyable learning experience for us and our kids!"
"This CSA has been the best of the three that we've tried. The staff are so easy-going and loving, they provided such a great variety, and they take care of the vulnerable - what more could one ask for?"
Testimonials from Volunteers:
"Sprout City Farms is so much more than 3 farms to me. The positive energy and dedication to our world and sustainable living is amazing. The people are so genuine, hard working and lovers of life. I only wish there were more places like this in the world. We need it : ) "
"SCF's commitment to the creation and maintenance of multiple farms is so important, because you connect three different neighborhoods through your work with healthy food access. SCF is not only farms, but they are beautiful landscapes that indeed provide a hands-on experience for people of all ages to learn the magic behind locally-grown food."