2019 Annual Report
Letter from the DIrector
This Annual Report will be my last as I will be retiring from City Sprouts at the end of December 2019 and will be passing this ‘growing’ organization to our new ED, Katie Kresha.
My tenure at City Sprouts has been humbling, enlivening, challenging and fulfilling. 2020 will prove to be an exciting year as Katie joins the team and the 25th anniversary of the founding of City Sprouts is celebrated. I am sure that the staff and board will be filled with enthusiasm, vigor, and creativity. Thank you all for your many years of support and your gifts of time, talent and treasure. I have been privileged to spend these last seven years working with great colleagues, board members, community advocates, and dedicated donors.
Gardeners don’t grow old, they just spade away.
Roxanne Willams Draper
Executive Director 2012 - 2019
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3 south interns
PROGRAMS BY THE NUMBERS
summer urban farming internship
city sprouts north interns
At City Sprouts North and our Decatur Urban Farm, we had the pleasure of working with 13 interns who shared our passion for growing, cooking and preserving delicious local food. Together they helped manage the ¼ acre Decatur Farm, harvest produce for a weekly farm stand and CSA program, assist in educating youngsters in the Little Sprouts program, and formed a tight-knit group of future leaders dedicated to improving the environment, their communities and themselves!
city sprouts South interns
This year we had 3 interns at City Sprouts South. The interns helped to build our hugelkulture beds, lead volunteers in garden tasks, facilitate our garden classes for kids, maintain our gardens, prepare and deliver our weekly CSA, and harvest and process culinary and medicinal herbs. 2 Interns, Juan and Mia, stayed on for an extended internship throughout the month of September and helped us maintain our late season gardens, put the garden to bed, and save seeds.
Meet our interns
Find out more about each intern by hovering on their images below.
Alauna loved learning and gaining new skills through the internship. She liked working outside and enjoyed experiencing the whole process of planting and harvesting vegetables.
Alex liked working at the internship because he enjoys being outside and staying active. He thought learning about insect pests that are bad for plants was cool, and he really enjoyed when the interns cooked and ate together on Wednesdays.
This is the second year Cris has been a summer intern with City Sprouts. He’s working on paying for his Wayne State College tuition as he aspires to be a music producer. He enjoyed working outside and getting to know the other interns.
Eh doh pah
This is also Eh Doh Paw’s second year as a City Sprouts Intern. She’s enjoyed learning about the chickens, making jam, and harvesting. She loves cooking, and her favorite meal she prepared as a team was the fried rice.
Jailaiyah liked the positive environment and diversity that City Sprouts had to offer, so she came back this summer for a second year. She felt like she wasn’t just making an impact in her environment, but her community as well.
Jean enjoys working with friends and growing and taking care of plants. He felt like this internship was a fun job. His favorite dish that was prepared at City Sprouts was the potato salad.
Jess' three favorite things about working with City Sprouts were the chickens, working with her team, and learning about the vegetable-growing process. Jess is attending Metro’s Horticulture program and hopes to become a biology teacher.
This was Keegan’s second summer with City Sprouts. She really enjoyed learning how to can vegetables and make jams. She also liked going on a field trip to Big Muddy Urban Farm and Gifford Park.
Lar Lar was also part of the internship last year. She joined us again this year because she wanted to learn even more about growing food. She has really enjoyed learning about and taking care of the chickens, as well as growing vegetables.
Neh applied to this internship because she wants to have her own restaurant one day. She enjoys the planting process, and working outside. She liked learning about plants she had never heard of. Her favorite thing to grow is tomatoes.
Nye is working on her communication skills so she can reach her goal of becoming a nurse. Her favorite days were Saturdays where she got to either work at the farm stand or assist with the Little Sprouts program.
Paw joined this internship because she likes to garden. She also thinks it’s useful because she gets to practice her English and work on her communication skills. She enjoys working with her team, cooking, and planting.
She likes harvesting vegetables and to see the results of all her team’s hard work. Suzana is passionate about helping people and plans on becoming a lawyer one day to fulfill that mission.
Cassie is very interested in the culinary arts. She felt like she learned a ton about growing food and cooking during her internship with City Sprouts. Her favorite thing to grow is tomatoes, despite them being challenging.
Juan, one of our City Sprouts South interns, has been a great asset to the team. He loves the feeling of accomplishment after a hard day's work. Juan is attending classes at Metro’s Culinary Arts program and hopes to own a restaurant one day.
Mia interned with City Sprouts because she wanted to learn how to grow food and make sustainable meals. She said that now when she goes to a grocery store, she thinks a lot more about where the food comes from.
saving local seeds
seed of the year
The Seed of the Year program started in 2019 as a collaboration between City Sprouts, The Big Garden, Big Muddy Urban Farm, and Omaha Public Library. The goal of the program is to increase the amount of locally saved seed available in Omaha and to encourage Omaha residents’ ability and confidence around saving seed.
2019’s Seed of the Year was the Rattlesnake Bean! Seed packets and a growing and seed saving guides were provided free of charge at City Sprouts and all of the partner locations.
By the end of the season, the seed had been locally grown and saved and were redistributed to community members, stocked at our organizations for future use, and became part of the Omaha Public Library Common Soil Seed Library!
In 2019 City Sprouts partnered with The Big Garden to host Omaha's first annual Seed School, taught by our staff who were trained at the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance Seed School. This 2-day intensive course for gardeners, farmers, seed savers, and seed stewards taught topics on seeds like the history of seeds, planning for seed saving, and isolation techniques. On the second day, attendees also got some hands-on experience at cleaning and processing seeds. Through Seed School, we hope to build a local network of seed savers committed to preserving biodiversity.
Siembra Salud program
City Sprouts South served as a partner in the launch of the Siembra Salud program with Latino Center of the Midlands, CHI, Nebraska Extension, and One World. The program sends cultivadoras, or family garden instructors, to help provide education and resources for families to build, grow, and maintain their own garden. City Sprouts South provided plants for the home gardens as well as training for the Cultivadoras and classes on fermentation and canning. The program served 19 families and those families were able to grow over 1500lbs of produce!
The following individuals, foundations, and organizations have supported City Sprouts in 2019, making our programming possible. We also thank all of the community members who have made donations and volunteered their time!
Clyde & Mary Anna Anderson
Approach Climbing Gym
Arbor Day Foundation
Josh & Dana Bartee
Bellevue Berry Farm
Laurie A Bishop
Dee Ann Bowen
William Bugert & Carrie Eidsness
Tim & Cindy Burns
Theresa Ann Bush
Leigh and John Cheloha
Claire M Hubbard Foundation
Jessica & David Clark
Sam & Paula Cooper
Crazy Gringa Hot Sauce
Creighton Federal Union
Robert J Crisler
Claudia & Tony Deeb
Barbara J. Dilly
Mark & Roxanne Draper
Ellen & Jack Duysen
Edge Body Boot Camp
Chris & Seana Fairchild
Marshall & Mona Faith
First National Bank
Cynthia Frasier & Chad Lebo
Virginia J. Goomis
Sonya & Christian Gray
Mary Sue Grossman
Jane L Hamer
Angie & Michael Hempel
Marvin Henderson, Sr.
Marsha & Andrew Jameton
Jaros Family Foundation
Jetton Charitable Fund
Kimberley & Michael Joyce
Karma Yoga Omaha
Tara K. Karolski
John & Wende Kotouc
James and Regina Kyler
Jose & Isabel Labrador
Kathryn Lalley Dewell
Steve Langan & Liz Ryan
Le Jardin Garden Club
Oksana Lockridge & Larry Schopfer
Paul J Maakestad
Marriott Downtown Omaha
Ed & Carrie May
Mayor Jean Stothert City of Omaha
David & Josie Metal Corbin
Minier Family Fund
Kelly and Drew Nielsen
Anne Ozar & Ashley Hall
Mike and Jen Parker
Paul & Oscar Giger Foundation
Chris & Tom Rock
Rockstar Party Bus
Rotary Club of Omaha- North
Jack & Nancy Round
John Royster & Katie Blesener
Lindsay M. Miller & Peter W. Ambler Charitable Fund
Seim Johnson, LLP
Donald & Cheryl Schendt
Kirby & Megan Simmering
Sunset Hills Garden Club
Patrick & Nina Swanson
April Lynn Taylor
Ted and Wally's
The Bee Cause
The Grey Plume
The Grove Juicery
Debra & Charles Tomek
United Way for Southeastern Michigan
University of Nebraska Foundation
Vala's Pumpkin Patch
Nancy Vander Sluis
Albert & Valerie Varas
Laura von Roenn
Weitz Family Foundation
Ken and Valerie West
Jo Bartikoski & D.E. Westling
Eric Williams & Kristine Hull
Sherman & Kristie Willis
Adam & Kylie Wilmes
Ryan Wishart and Liz Veazy
Ali Clark Yahnke & Scott Yahnke
City Sprouts Staff Pictured left to right:
John Huebscher, Urban Farm Manager | Alex O'Hanlon, South Garden Manager | Anna Brun, Education Manager | Aaron French, Farm Manager | Shannon Kyler Community Engagement Coordinator, Addie Gengenbach, Communications Manager, Roxanne Draper, Executive Director [Not pictured] Clare Maakestad, Communications Manager
2019 Board Pictured (left to right)
Back Row: David Arrell, Jose Labrador, Dan Walsh, Cassie Goulet, Patricia Seivert, Kristie Willis, Kirby Simmering, LeAnne Kaiser, Roxanne Draper (Executive Director), Octavia Butler
Front Row (Executive Board): Brittani Tanhueco (Secretary), Seana Fairchild (President), Cassandra Zywiec (Vice President), and Jack Round (Treasurer)
Not Pictured: Sara Going, Kimbler Harrold
New in 2019: Cassie Goulet, LeAnne Kaiser, Patricia Seivert
Letter from the president
At City Sprouts we cultivate healthy communities and sustainable, equitable food systems. I think a keyword there is “community.” Just as we can’t grow delicious crops without good soil, we can see the fruits of our programs without the rich input of community members, donors, funders, and staff that have played key roles in building a stronger community through gardening.
As the board, we’re so thankful for those who supported our annual Grow with Us Gala, in which over 200 people raised over $33,000 and honored our Community Cultivator – Metropolitan Community College. That kind of financial support helps programs like our Summer Urban Farming Internship create pathways to employment for a stronger Omaha community. We’re also thankful for the strong foundation laid by Roxanne, who retired in December 2019 after 7 years of growth – organizationally, programmatically, and in our impact on the lives our local community. Finally, we’re excited to have Katie Kresha, our new Executive Director, work tirelessly alongside our team to ensure the transition is smooth for the people we serve and our collaborators.
Whether you’re a community member or a corporation, we hope you will continue to join us in our effort to promote community health and wealth through gardening, education, and workforce development!
2020 Board President