School Gardens and Nutrition Education

Urban Sprouts partners with schools to offer garden-based education during science classes or elective classes, providing 10-20 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.

Family Involvement Programs

Our work with families includes three elements:
1) Free cooking classes for school families held at our partner schools
2) The Farmers-in-Residence program supports school parents to grow their own food. Each family tends a garden plot and receives materials, training, and support.
3) Our Peer Education Outreach team trains family members and students to bring garden-based nutrition education to their peers at school and community events, including the Mission Community Market.

Summer Sprouts Program

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 postions to high school students to extend our Summer Sprouts program to six weeks, all in the garden at June Jordan School for Equity.