Monday, December 07, 2009
At Urban Sprouts, we want to connect students to local produce, whether it's food from the school garden, persimmons and lemons from someone's backyard, or fresh finds from the farmer's market.
At Aptos Middle School, the lettuce, arugula, and radish from our school garden were ready to be harvested and tossed into a salad. Students washed, chopped, and combined local fruits and vegetables with a sesame salad dressing and a persimmon vinagrette. Although some students were more interested in the cooking than in the eating, it was a first step towards creating healthy (and colorful) dishes using many local ingredients.
Additionally, students at Ida B. Wells Continuation High School learned how to whip up persimmon ice cream using only five ingredients (lemon, vanilla, sugar, buttermilk, and persimmons), and without a fancy ice cream maker. Thank you, Ms. Bressack, for donating the delicious persimmons from your backyard!
Sunday, December 06, 2009
We are looking for members to join our Outreach Committee. These individuals will work alongside our staff to represent Urban Sprouts at partner school events, community fairs, farmers markets, and other city-wide events.
Please join us for our first meeting
December 8th, 2009
451 Hayes St 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
Questions or want more information? Please contact Audrey at 415.515.0967 or email@example.com
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
We are hosting our first garden work party at our newest site, Log Cabin Ranch.
Come out and:
* tour the site
* help plant our orchard
* build new garden beds
* lots of other exciting garden activities
As the garden is located in La Honda (about 45 miles south of San Francisco) we will be organizing carpools for all participants. We will be contacting those attending by December 10th to arrange rides.
To RSVP please CLICK HERE
Please note this is a San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department Facility and participants in the work day will need to be at least 21 years of age and bring a photo id.
Pictures from Log Cabin Ranch
Monday, November 23, 2009
Last week was a busy week in the gardens as we hosted 3 large group events. Employees and students from Wells Fargo, Haas School of Business, and Blueprint Research & Design performed almost 100 hours of volunteer labor as we built worm bins and compost bins, dug new beds, and completed some general garden work. This was a fantastic start to our new composting initiative as we are on track to build new compost bins, worm bins, and compost sifters in all 7 of our sites in the next few months. Thank you so much for your time and energy, it's always so great to welcome new folks into the gardens.
To bring your group out Click Here
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
Armed with wheelbarrows, shovels, and hand tools, we created new beds bordered by rice wattles to prevent soil erosion and to maximize garden space. Volunteers and staff also harvested summer crops, prepared compost, cleared established beds for fall planting, and carried out general garden tasks. Our day was even captured by film students from San Francisco State University for a short documentary on urban beautification in the Excelsior district.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The movement is growing because this year, in times of recession and food crisis, the need for school and home gardens is greater than ever.
Today, just like the Obamas, we have SO much work to do. Local schools and families rely on their strong partnerships with us as other programs are cut. Schools all over California and the West want to learn our methods as they start new school gardens.
That's why we're inviting YOU to join us! Why support Urban Sprouts? Read here how your gift to us will go directly to bring school gardens to more young people, families and schools.
Or click here to GIVE YOUR GIFT TODAY, OF $35, $50, OR $100!
Thank you so much!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
At ISA the high school seminar got the daunting opportunity to install a drip irrigation system for our garden. This project took a lot of team work and problem solving skills in order to piece together and bury our water pipes. The whole project could not have been done without the help of our dedicated volunteers Casey and Carter. This week we’ll also be saying goodbye to Ms. Stones, our favorite sub, who has been working with us since the beginning of the school year.
At MLK we’ve been working on soil, starting seeds and most recently: worm anatomy! We also had our first Garden Work Party at MLK. We worked on making our garden more accessible, creating a better outdoor classroom seating area and putting together tables for our greenhouse.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Last month, Mr. Hannon's class, our volunteers, and Urban Sprouts intern, Kevin, pitched in to build compost bins at Ida B. Wells. Instead of buying all new materials for the bins, we decided to recycle wooden pallets, which are usually tossed out after only one use.
We sat down to cut up compost materials the following week to speed up the decomposition process. We have yet to reach the 3' x 3' x 3' volume needed to really get our pile going, but we're slowly adding yard waste from our garden and organic food scraps from the Ida B. Wells kitchen. In the end, we hope to harvest compost to enrich our soil and help our garden flourish!
Friday, October 09, 2009
We've grown and matured so much during these three years - from a mostly-volunteer staff of one, to a strong team of five serving 7 schools and over 700 youth every year. We've learned that valuing our school partners and cultivating youth leadership help us to do our best. We've worked to grow and expand while staying true to our vision, of quality and consistent programs, but tailored to the needs of unique communities.
Please see for yourself! Lisa Chen on our Advisory Board and Adriani Leon on our staff created this presentation with me and we presented it in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. Take a look!
AND you MUST read this colorful, graphic and fun short handout that summarizes who we are and what we've done in our five years of school gardening! Created by Lisa Chen.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Read our Fall 2009 News by clicking here!
In this issue:
- New school family Farmers-in-Residence grow their own food
- Meet new staff Wendy, Adriani & Ami
- Learn to make Potato Towers from Wendy
- Get Adriani's Portobello mushroom burger recipe
- Read up on Ami's new site, Log Cabin Ranch
- All our generous donors & volunteers
- Photos & more!
Keep on reading here!
Front Page News:
Urban Gardens to Feed School Families!
Urban Sprouts’ youth learn to love growing and eating healthy foods and begin to demand them in meals at school and at home. So what do you do if there IS NO affordable fresh produce for sale near your home?
This fall, twelve ‘Farmers-in-Residence,’ families from Urban Sprouts partner schools, will grow their own fresh, organic and healthy food right on school grounds . . .
Friday, September 11, 2009
Please join us for an evening of great food for a great cause.
Bring your friends, families, co-workers, all are welcome!
581 Hayes Street (at Laguna)
Hope to see you there!
For more information please click here
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Classification: Part Time – 15 to 20 hours a week
Location: Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California
Reports To: Executive Director
By cultivating school gardens in San Francisco’s under-served neighborhoods, Urban Sprouts partners with youth and their families to build eco-literacy, equity, wellness, and community. Our gardens help students become more engaged in school and connect with food, the environment and each other.
Urban Sprouts seeks an Operations Manger to assist the Executive Director in the areas of general administration, finance, and some development support. These responsibilities will be complemented by our fiscal sponsor’s accounting and administrative staff. For this reason, an advanced level of experience in bookkeeping is not necessary; a fast-learner with 3-5 years of experience in an administrative or financial role in a nonprofit organization is sought.
• Administer staff expense reimbursement in accordance with program budgets
• Maintain effective systems for documentation and filing of financial records
• Track all income and expenses in QuickBooks. Reconcile with fiscal sponsor’s books on a monthly basis
• Prepare quarterly reports for board and staff
• Complete invoicing for local and state government contracts
• Oversee budget for each program and school site
• Work with Executive Director to develop annual budget
• Manage fundraising and donations processes (processing donations, sending thank yous, pledge reminders and maintain Salesforce database)
• Assist in planning of Fundraising events and other fundraising activities as needed
• Other special projects as they arise
• Manage general public inquires to Urban Sprouts via phone and email
• At least 3-5 years experience in an administrative or financial role in a nonprofit organization
• Bachelor’s degree
• Knowledge of QuickBooks and Salesforce or similar accounting and contact management database
• Interest in issues related to youth, urban gardening, local food, social justice, urban schools, and the environment
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Strong computer skills, organizational and project management skills must be demonstrated
• Strong skills in interpersonal communication, collaboration, and emotional intelligence
• Ability to work independently, flexible, detail-oriented, strives for excellence, creative thinker
This position involves coordination with staff and outside parties such as funders, and requires strong communication skills and the ability to work independently and learn quickly. A successful candidate will be highly detail oriented. We are a small non-profit, so the ability to be flexible and pick up occasional tasks outside of the core job description is important.
This is a part-time position working 15-20 hours per week, $47,000-52,000 FTE, depending on experience, and includes health and vacation/sick benefits.
Please send a resume, cover letter and contact information for three references, via email to Abby Jaramillo, Executive Director, at abby AT urbansprouts DOT org.
Position open until filled; date of original listing 11/10/09. No phone calls please.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
We'd like to give a big shout out to the members of the USF Foreward Summer Bridge Program. These incoming freshmen spent the afternoon with us at June Jordan and were a tremendous help. In just a few hours they installed all the beds for the Farmer-in-Residence program and mulched the existing garden!! We greatly appreciate their assistance and hope they come back to visit soon.
The garden is a great place for group volunteering projects and we can accommodate groups of all sizes and skill levels. If you are interested in bringing out your group or organization please click here for an application.
Monday, August 17, 2009
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Saturday, August 15, 2009
Hit by economic recession, families face hunger, lack of access to healthy food, public schools struggling with less funding than ever, and a food system in crisis from oil dependence and outbreaks of disease. We’ve come to know urban neighborhoods with zero grocery stores and rural counties with no access to eating the fresh fruits grown by their own hands.
The simple act of growing your own food brings hope, joy and nourishment! In an Urban Sprouts class, young people dream of the variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers they’ll design into their school garden; a few months later they feel the thrill of digging purple potatoes and magenta beets right from their own soil.
In these times, just like the Obamas, we have SO much work to do.
That's why we're inviting YOU to join us! Click here to GIVE YOUR GIFT TODAY, OF $35, $50, OR $100!
How will your gift make a difference to over 700 youth and their families?
As you may know, Urban Sprouts’ garden-based education classes take place at public middle and high schools, and in the summer at a local community garden. We also give school parents plots within the school garden to grow their own food to feed their families.
Some of Urban Sprouts’ Accomplishments from the past year:
- We provided garden classes for 742 middle and high school students, who each experienced at least 20 hours in the garden;
- We partnered with 7 public schools, including our newest partner, Log Cabin Ranch, part of San Francisco’s juvenile justice system;
- 65% of students’ responses said they eat more fruits and vegetables after participating in our programs; 75% of Summer Program students reported this;
- 53% of students’ responses said they care more about the environment than they did before participating in our programs;
- We were awarded a prestigious three-year grant to expand our new Family Farmers-in-Residence program from the California Department of Public Health (Network for a Healthy California);
- We raised $226,000 to support school gardens in San Francisco; of this 76% went directly to program salaries and materials;
- We created a full-day training to share our methods and program model with more schools and community groups throughout California and the West.
- It will cost Urban Sprouts approximately $1,000 to build new vegetable garden beds for our Farmers-in-Residence at our partner school, International Studies Academy, in the Potrero Hill neighborhood.
- $5,000 enables an entire class of 35 students to grow, harvest and eat fresh food from the school garden each year, helping these young people to make inspiring changes in their eating habits that last a lifetime.
- $25,000 provides an entire school garden program at one school for a full year, which revitalizes schoolyards, build excitement in the classrooms, and bring fresh, organic fruits and vegetables within closer reach.
- $40,000 is our ultimate goal, to fully fund our new training and coaching leadership program that will offer six trainings each year, including three hours of one-on-one coaching for each participant, to be held in urban and rural communities throughout California and the West.
Now that you have an idea of what it costs us to provide our programs, I encourage you, click here to make the most generous gift possible, whether it is $500 or $50.
I want you to know that we truly rely on people like you, committed supporters who really understand our vision and who invest seriously in our work.
Please join us in this meaningful work, by making your donation today.
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Please follow this link to read up on all that we've accomplished during the 2008-2009 school year! Still to come, we will post a report of all the exciting evaluation results of the year in the next month or so.
A HUGE thank you to our dedicated Staff Team, Advisory Board, School Partners, Volunteers, Friends and Donors who have made our work possible this year. Thank you!
Here's to another great year in 2010!
Monday, July 13, 2009
The 2009 Cookbook is now available, check out all the fabulous recipes from the summer program. Each day the students would prepare a tasty and nutritious lunch for their peers, staff and volunteers. This proved to be one of the favorite parts of the program with everyone enjoying a delicious feast after a day in the garden. Now you can try their recipes at home!
To download your own copy of the cookbook click here.
For pictures from the 2009 program click here
Monday, July 06, 2009
Today, youth taught each other about the 3 R's (reuse, reduce, recycle) through different written formats, which they then performed dramatically!
The crowd-favorite team (the Pink Panthers) composed a love letter to a garbage collector. (That's "Oscar" in the foreground reacting to his letter, as "Cordelia" reads aloud to the audience what she has written.)
Dearest Oscar (The Grouch),
My love, it is with great sadness that I write you this. Despite the beautiful times we shared, when I would bring you my empty chip bags and old DVDs, it is time our affair came to a close. Much as I adore you, I'm due to marry the head of the recycling plant next week. And the truth is, he lives a cleaner, more environmentally friendly lifestyle.
Don't take this the wrong way. The times we shared will never be replaced. It's not you baby, it's the waste.
Always yours truly,
P.S. Please don't be grouchy.
The runner-up team (Yellow Canaries) wrote a text message conversation between a Plastic Bottle and the Ocean:
PB: What's up, Pacific?
W: Nutn much, Geyser.
PB: Guess what?
W: What! What? What?
PB: Some dude drank ma stuff! I'm hella mad! Can I get a refill?
W: Na bruh! U and ur friends wrecked ma house last time u came. U ain't welcome here no more.
PB: Not even! That was Aquafina!
W: It don't matter ur all the same!
PB: Fine I'll go talk to Atlantic! Meany!
Thursday, July 02, 2009
If only the whole world would follow the example of these amazing young people -- in their community-mindedness, their dedication to caring for the environment, and their desire to make the world a better place! Plus, this group of actors and comedians has me tearing up with laughter every day. Who can ask for more! A special shout out to our inspiring youth staff members Anthony, Augie, Jessica, Julius, Lupe, Michael, Sophia and Walter!
More photos HERE and HERE!!
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
In other exciting MLK news the San Francisco Conservation Corps will begin work today on our garden expansion project!! The corps members will be building new beds, bringing in soil, mulching, and building benches for our garden classroom. Stay tuned for pictures and updates about the expansion!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Walter and Adriani, youth and adult staff members respectively, went along with me to Berkeley to check out this massive and stinky blossom (in photo). Although Trudy was already starting to close up her blossom and was no longer stinky, we were so thankful for the opportunity to see this massive tropical flower.
We loved the rest of our tour at the garden as well, thanks to Christine Manoux who showed us around! We were all so inspired and felt like we had travelled the world after strolling through the Asian, South American, and African sections of the garden. What a special visit!
Monday, June 22, 2009
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Tuesday, June 09, 2009
This work is a partnership with Portland, Oregon's Ecotrust, and also shows off their accomplishments in Farm to School and creating locally grown and produced school lunches.
If you'd like to see the slides and download the handout of the model, follow this link.
Also check out these California resources on School Gardens and Farm to School.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
Read the address here. An excerpt:
We’ve gathered you all here at a time when economic crisis affects us all, whether you or your loved ones have experienced job loss, retirement dreams cut short, or belt-tightening in the household budget, even affecting your day to day food choices. Today, as we look for hope, comfort and meaning, we have a great opportunity to share the power in the simple act of gardening. Victory Gardens kept our country healthy and hopeful during early 20th century wartime and Depression, and our children grew 40% of our country’s produce right in their own school gardens.
With this inspiration, this year Urban Sprouts has launched a brand new program, our Family Farmers-in-Residence program. Read more here -->
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Middle and high school students living in San Francisco, CLICK HERE for more information and to download applications.
Volunteers, read here, too! We'd love your help!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Over 65 people were in attendance, plus many children, and we raised over $10,400 in gifts and pledges. This is about a 30% increase in attendance from last year.
This inspiring support from our community is what enables us to keep our day-to-day work going strong for the over 700 students who count on us! Plus, we unveiled our new plans for the coming year, in which Urban Sprouts will step up as leaders in the healthy food movement by sharing our methods, our research results, and our sustainable leadership style with more schools and educators all over California and the West!
On Sunday we gathered at Ida B. Wells High School and fun was had by all. For the full photo spread, CLICK HERE. Our guests started by touring the Wells school garden, and then joined us inside to taste the harvest.
Our friends from Nopa Restaurant (below, setting up) prepared the delicious frittata pictured at top left, made with produce from our school gardens (including purple potatoes, fava beans, collard greens, kale, rosemary and sage). Nopa's biscuits and gravy were also a huge hit. (I can't wait to try out their new restaurant, Nopalito!)
Student chefs from Martin Luther King Middle School and International Studies Academy also prepared dishes, including vegetable spring rolls and pesto pasta with fava beans. Yum! Mario (at right, below) also inspired our guests with a speech about his and his classmates' experiences in the MLK school garden.
The festive ambiance was greatly enhanced by our neighborhood bluegrass musicians, led by friend of Urban Sprouts Jordan Klein on banjo.
Decorations came from our own school gardens, including flowers like these!We couldn't have pulled this off without all the wonderful help from Ida B. Wells' staff and students, Urban Sprouts' staff, Advisory Board, and volunteers, and a Saturday volunteer group from USF. Thank you!
If you didn't make it to this year's brunch, we hope to see you next time!
And don't forget, our MONTHLY GARDEN TOURS will be starting up again in May, and it's never too late to make your spring contribution to our efforts. To donate today, CLICK HERE!
Monday, April 06, 2009
Taste brunch made with crops grown in our school gardens, prepared by local chefs from Nopa Restaurant and by our students!
Support our work by bringing friends and family (kids welcome), and bring your checkbook! You will be invited to give - no gift is too large or too small. Every donation helps urban youth learn to grow their own food at school.
If you can't attend our event, but you'd like to make a donation today, please click here.
Thursday, April 02, 2009
This past Saturday was the official launch of the Urban Sprouts Farmer-In-Residence program! Two families from our partner school, International Studies Academy, spent the morning breaking ground on their campus plots. From now through summer these inaugural families will plant, tend, and harvest their own food on the school campus. Throughout the season we hope to not only grow food but share recipes, stories, and experiences from our diverse food heritage.
Saturday was an absolutely beautiful day in the City and a perfect day to prepare the beds, spread compost, and make our crop plans.
We are so excited to be able to offer a program to further engage the students and families that we work with.
We will be breaking ground on our second Farmer-In-Residence site, June Jordan School for Equity, in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more details.