CITY SPROUTS NORTH CAMPUS
City Sprouts became a group in 1995 when concerned community members came together to reclaim an overgrown city lot and make it a garden. The group’s organizers bought the 1/2 acre lot and began the hard work of realizing the degraded soil. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, weeds were cleared, beds were dug, and seeds planted. Today, the community garden thrives and features 45 community garden plots, plenty of fruit trees and berry bushes, and areas for relaxing amongst the fruits of our labor.
Visited by passersby, school children, and neighbors, the Chicken Coop is a City Sprouts favorite. We have 12 breeds of chickens, who lay eggs of all colors, from brown to green.
little free Library
Since 2017, our Little Free Library & Pantry has been inviting our gardeners and neighbors to share their abundance and enjoy a good garden read.
In January 2005, a generous donor gave City Sprouts a three-story residence built in 1906, adjacent to our Community Garden. This house now serves as the City Sprouts Education Center. The upstairs provides office space for our staff. The remodeled kitchen allows for ample space during cooking classes, and the newly opened up living room now serves as an open room to hold lectures and workshops.
Call or email us if you are interested in renting our facilities.
Constructed by 2017 interns in the basement of our Education Center, the system houses tilapia and a grow bed with lights. Aquaponics is a water-based growing system that circulates water through a growing medium to provide nutrients to plants through a tank that supports fish.
New in 2018 and located in our community garden, our cob oven was constructed by natural builder Jim Schalles. It now serves as the focal point of potlucks, pizza parties, and other celebrations in the garden.
Each Saturday morning throughout the summer, our Urban Farming Interns host an on-site Market Stand. For sale, you will find farm-fresh produce, eggs, flowers, honey, and preserves.
Three U-Pick garden beds inhabit the east side of our Education Center. These beds are maintained by our garden manager and volunteers.
All produce and herbs in the raised beds are free and open for the public
Decatur Urban Farm
In summer 2011, City Sprouts purchased three city lots on the north side of Decatur Street, one-half block west of our community garden. The site is now home to the Decatur Street Urban Farm, which is farmed by our Urban Farming Summer Interns and Farm Managers. In 2012 irrigation and a hoop house were added to further expand our capacity and enable our community to grow even more. We share a portion of our urban farm with immigrant families who supplement their meals with fresh produce grown on the farm.