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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.

Thank you!


Roxanne Willams Draper
Executive Director 2012 - 2019

Read more about Roxanne's retirement here.


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3 south interns

Farming Internship






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2019 Highlights


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.

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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.