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 refine our educational program staff structure, expand farmer training and youth advocacy efforts, launch a mobile farm stand program, 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 2019 CSA shareholders:
"Being a member of Sprout City Farms has been such a joy for our family. We received truly organic, sustainable, local produced, and received it from farmers who loved their farm and us - Thank you so much!"
"While I occasionally shop at farmer's markets I didn't really realize the power of fresh produce until signing up for the Mountair Park CSA. It was awesome to be given vegetables that are in season and fresh, to be able to learn more about how to prepare seasonal dishes. I never knew how amazing fresh garlic was until this summer! Not only did I learn a lot from my share and the farm folks, I also felt more at ease consuming produce from a local farm, where I can say that I had some small part in helping to pull carbon out of the local atmosphere and teaching kids about local farming. I really appreciate the community effort!"
"I brought my roommates to pick up a few times and it was the best feeling when I saw them light up at the set up. They were like "this is all in the share??" "I can't believe this all grows here" "This is so beautiful." Even though I have a garden in our backyard, talk about the farm, and show them what I get at pick up, things didn't click until they saw it themselves. It makes it all the more fun to share a meal together- we all know where it came from. I think it's a unique and special experience."
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."