We are City Blossoms

a non-profit organization working out of the Washington D.C. area dedicated to kid-driven, community engaging, creative green spaces.

City Blossoms began nine years ago as a volunteer project and has since evolved into a year-round program that includes consulting, curriculum development (with consideration for learning standards), and regular on-site workshops. To date, City Blossoms has worked with over 3000 children and youth in various gardening projects.


City Blossoms has designed a unique method of developing and managing robust green spaces where children and youth are engaged as the main cultivators. We specialize in an art-based, hands-on approach that emphasizes the strengths and unique qualities of each learning center. All City Blossoms projects are organic and designed to work with the local environment and community needs. We look forward to bringing City Blossoms to schools and learning centers all around the area and increasing children and youth awareness about caring for the environment and themselves.

We are City Blossoms

a non-profit organization working out of the Washington D.C. area dedicated to kid-driven, community engaging, creative green spaces.

City Blossoms began nine years ago as a volunteer project and has since evolved into a year-round program that includes consulting, curriculum development (with consideration for learning standards), and regular on-site workshops. To date, City Blossoms has worked with over 3000 children and youth in various gardening projects.


City Blossoms has designed a unique method of developing and managing robust green spaces where children and youth are engaged as the main cultivators. We specialize in an art-based, hands-on approach that emphasizes the strengths and unique qualities of each learning center. All City Blossoms projects are organic and designed to work with the local environment and community needs. We look forward to bringing City Blossoms to schools and learning centers all around the area and increasing children and youth awareness about caring for the environment and themselves.

What's New?

Countdown to #GivingTuesday

You Give, They Grow

As part of City Blossom’s annual Harvest Ask, Giving Tuesday is a fundraiser to make the most of each donation.  In 2014, we were able to make some monumental strides thanks to the generous support of our donors. Now our Harvest Ask is a chance to lay the groundwork for even bigger and better things in 2015.

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What is #GivingTuesday?

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday.  It’s a day to give back in the spirit of the season.  This year Giving Tuesday falls on December 2. We’ve set a goal to raise $5000 that day that only your support can achieve.

We’re asking you to mark your calendars and encourage everyone you know to donate to City Blossoms on Giving Tuesday.  On December 2, make a donation through this page and remember to pass the link along.

On #GivingTuesday, Your Gift Goes Further

  • This year we are excited to have a matching grant of up to $500. That means your donation will be worth twice as much.
  • Start your day off with a donation and help City Blossoms win an additional $1000. We’re asking all our donors to give between the hours of 7:00am-8:00am on December 2 and help us win the power hour race.
  • PayPal will match 1% of all donations made through PayPal processing, so please consider using PayPal to make your donation today.

 

City Blossoms Publications

Garden Gastronomy: A Bilingual Collection of 27 Fresh Recipes

garden gastronomy coverThe City Blossoms cookbook, Garden Gastronomy/Gastronomía del Jardín, is now available for you to own!  Filled with 27 of our most beloved recipes, this cookbook will show you delicious and easy ways to cook with fresh ingredients. Nothing is better than easy, healthy, satisfying food to feed you and your family. Some of the yummy recipes you will find inside are:

  • Cucumber Mint Salad
  • Vietnamese Spring Rolls
  • Kale Chips
  • Herbal Lemonade

These recipes have all been tried and tested by City Blossoms’ youth gardeners, so we know they will get your child excited about vegetables. These recipes are a great way to introduce your child to cooking alongside you.  Click here to view a pdf version of the Garden Gastronomy cookbook: gardengastronomy2cookbook_lowres.  Or contact info@cityblossoms.org to purchase a hard copy.

 

Our First Harvest: A Bilingual Garden-Based Early Childhood Curriculum

ourfirstharvest_coversThe wait is now over! After years of teaching children ages 3-5 City Blossoms has published Our First Harvest/Nuestra Primera Cosechaa bilingual year-round curriculum consisting of 30 garden-related lessons plus all kinds of resources and helpful hints. Lessons align with typical educational standards and investigate subjects including:

  • Observing plant life cycles
  • Learning about insects and their roles in a garden
  • Creating nature-inspired artwork
  • Making garden-inspired recipes

Fun and playful, this book is designed to work for learning centers just starting to explore gardening to schools with established green spaces.

Click here to purchase a print copy of a City Blossoms publication. For more information, please email rebecca@cityblossoms.org.

Looking for more? Click here to visit our “Learn” page and find more resources for garden-based education.

 

City Blossoms wins the 2014 Mayor’s Sustainability Award

We are so excited to announce that this summer City Blossoms was a recipient of the 2014 Mayor’s Sustainability Award, an annual recognition of individuals, businesses, and organizations for their environmental leadership and contributions to the District become the greenest, healthiest, and most livable city possible. Thank you to every kid, teen, adult and parent gardener that has been part of City Blossoms’ work.

Nature Works Everywhere: Gardening How-to Videos Staring Yours Truly

screen shot of gardening video

For the last two years The Nature Conversancy has invited City Blossoms as a partner in their new project Nature Works Everywhere. Together we have help grow 20 school gardens in Washington & Baltimore.Don’t live in one of these areas? Check out these videos designed to help educators throughout the country with first steps for creating and using their gardens. These short how-to videos were created for teachers and teen students to watch together.

Global Gardens: Intro Video

How-to-Garden: Planning your Garden

How-to-Garden: Building a Garden in a Day

How-to-Garden: Fears

How-to-Garden: Caring for Your Garden

Virtual Fieldtrip: Learning How to Use Nature Works Everywhere Tools with Students from Eastern Sr. High School

Ready to get gardening? Use the Nature Works Everywhere Garden Tools with students to research existing school gardens nationwide, make garden designs, and collect data relating to water, harvests, habitats and more. And don’t forget to share photos of your green space.