A vacant lot becomes a thriving community garden where children can plant, discover, and grow. An unused space at an urban school becomes a living green space where youngsters learn about healthy eating and community. For 10 years, City Blossoms has been dedicated to such transformations. It collaborates with community partners to take unused or underused land and create Community Green Spaces where children, youth, and families apply their creativity, intellect, and energy to cultivate fabulous and functioning gardens. The focus is healthy living skills (rising obesity rates are a key concern), community development, environmental education, and artistic expression. Dozens of neighborhood organizations, hundreds of volunteers, and over 25 DC public and charter schools have joined the greening effort, and City Blossoms also provides consulting and outdoor-based workshops, including programs that tie directly into school curricula. What's the vision? Making these multi-purpose green spaces ubiquitous in the DC region and creating greener – and also healthier – communities. Green thumb or not, you can make them grow.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 4
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide
Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students
Schools They Work In: DC Bilingual Public Charter School; Eastern Senior High School; Cleveland Elementary School; Capital City Public Charter School; E.L Haynes Public Charter School; Mundo Verde Public Charter School; Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School; Wilson Senior High School; Eaton Elementary School; Tubman Elementary School; Paul Public Charter School; Bethune Public Charter School; Hardy Middle School
Awards & Recognition
Think Local First DC Femivore Award, 2013
Stone Soup DC Hero, 2013
Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells' "Livable, Walkable" Award, 2012
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