We create kid-driven, community engaging, creative green spaces.
City Blossoms provides bilingual, free, and affordable after-school, in-school, and summer programming to predominantly Latino and African-American youth ranging from ages two through teens. We serve neighborhoods in which children and youth may not otherwise have access to green space. Since 2009, City Blossoms has worked on 42 sites in Washington DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.
Washington DC is our home base where we test and innovate new ideas for designing and implementing urban gardens that are communal, educational, artistic expressions of their surroundings. Currently City Blossoms is working at 13 sites in Washington DC, including 10 gardens on educational campuses and two Community Green Spaces where we continue to experiment and develop our ideas.
To disseminate what we learn, City Blossoms develops partnerships with schools and community-based organizations both in our home, Washington DC, and across the country. We accomplish this with a team of knowledgeable consultants and educators who share our unique brand of gardens, science, art, health instruction, and community building.
THROUGH YOUR SUPPORT WE HAVE:
- Ensured 8,000 children, youth, and families had access to safe, healthy, and green environments
- Engaged over 700 volunteers annually
- Trained 250 educators through partnerships with Food Corps, The Nature Conservancy, and DC schools
- Created a bilingual early childhood curriculum and a bilingual garden cookbook
WHAT OUR BIGGEST FANS HAVE TO SAY:
"On Thursdays we have cooking classes [in the garden] with Nico [a volunteer]...the grown-ups don't do anything, the kids do it and we can see how our cooking skills are ,so we don't have to feel the adults are the only ones cooking in our lives" - Khali, 13 year old gardener
"[I like the garden] because I like making recipes, and we draw plants, and we go shopping by harvesting food and selling them outside [at the kid-run garden stand] - Daveyah, 7 year old gardener
"We think visits to the garden are a wonderful way to show [our duaghter] that there is a very diverse and wonderful world out there. In the short time our daughter has been participating it has forced us to also realize that programs like City Blossoms are absolutely vital to the youth in DC. A safe, positive environment where kids can be kids and have the opportunity to interact with adults and other members of the community equals a positive step forward." - Brian, parent & neighbor
"City Blossoms' work and the Marion Street Garden in the Shaw community provide outstanding examples of what organizations can do to enrich the lives of local citizens, residents and children from all walks of life...Gardens and gardening strengthen communities by bringing people together, and fortify individuals in body, mind and spirit. The work City Blossoms does is priceless." - Martin, neighbor & community activist