City Blossoms accomplishes its mission through five programs: Early Growers, School Garden Partners, Youth Entrepreneurship Cooperative, Community Green Spaces, and Training & Resource Development. These programs incorporate free or affordable in-school and out-of-school activities, community engagement opportunities, resources, and coaching to create holistic expressions of the culture and needs of each community through green space.
We work with thirteen local early childhood centers to connect DC's youngest gardeners, ages 2 through 6, to the outdoors. As part of our partnership, our Early Growers Program Manager leads two six-week units at each participating early childhood center. Each week children and teachers are engaged through nature-based classroom lessons as well as excursions to the City Blossoms’ Studio Garden on Kennedy Street. Themes, such as plant parts and edible gardening, build upon each other so that by the end of our time together, participants have a more holistic understanding of a healthy ecosystem. This program provides professional development trainings for educators within each center. Educators are taught how to design age-appropriate gardens and programming to help participants make their first connections to nature and food.
We support educators and community members by providing large and small group coaching around garden and nature- based education, program and resource development, and facilitation of community focused engagement, with a particular focus on cultural connectivity.
Our team produces sharable resources such as our bilingual cookbook, Garden Gastronomy/Gastronomía del Jardín, and our early childhood curriculum, Our First Harvest/Nuestra Primera Cosecha, both available in our shop. We also have a number of free resources available digitally.
To learn more about the Early Growers program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.