City Blossoms is a nonprofit dedicated to fostering healthy communities by developing creative, kid-driven green spaces and innovative resources.
Who We Are
City Blossoms provides bilingual, free, and affordable after-school, in-school, and summer programming to predominantly Latino and African-American youth ranging from ages two through teens. We serve neighborhoods in which children and youth may not otherwise have access to green space. Since 2009, City Blossoms has worked on 42 sites in Washington DC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.
Washington DC is our home base where we test and innovate new ideas for designing and implementing urban gardens that are communal, educational, artistic expressions of their surroundings. Currently City Blossoms is working at 13 sites in Washington DC, including 10 gardens on educational campuses and two Community Green Spaces where we continue to experiment and develop our ideas.
To disseminate what we learn, City Blossoms develops partnerships with schools and community-based organizations both in our home, Washington DC, and across the country. We accomplish this with a team of knowledgeable consultants and educators who share our unique brand of gardens, science, art, health instruction, and community building.
What We've Achieved
- In 2014, ensured 8,000 children, youth, and families had access to safe, healthy, and green environments
- To date, we have worked with 42 different schools and sites across the country to create green spaces
- As consultants, we have trained 250 educators through partnerships with Food Corps, The Nature Conservancy, and DC schools
- Developed and published bilingual teaching tools in the form or our cookbook, Garden Gastronomy, and our early-childhood curriculum, Our First Harvest
- Winner of the American Horticultural Society's Jane L. Taylor Award, given to an organization that has inspired and nurtured future horticulturalists through efforts in children's and youth gardening
- Recently featured on the Rachael Ray Show in collaboration with Food Corps showcasing the transformative work being done at Eastern High School
- Awarded the Board Leadership Award from the Center for Nonprofit Advancement for outstanding leadership from the CB Board of Directors