For ten years, City Blossoms has been dedicated to transformation. It collaborates with community organizations, neighborhood groups, and schools to take unused or underused land and create urban gardens where children and youth use their creativity, intellect, and energy in new ways. Offering free and affordable in-school, after-school, and summer programming at 13 sites for children (toddlers to teens) who would otherwise have no access to green spaces, the focus is healthy living skills, artistic expression, environmental stewardship, and community development. Dozens of neighborhood organizations, thousands of volunteers, and over 45 schools have joined the greening effort, fostering healthy communities by developing creative, kid-driven green spaces and innovative resources. A new 32-recipe bilingual cookbook will encourage additional school and community leaders to incorporate gardens and healthy eating in unused spaces. Green thumb or not, you can help them grow.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 4

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide

Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students

Schools They Work In: DC Bilingual Public Charter School; Eastern Senior High School; Cleveland Elementary School; Capital City Public Charter School; E.L Haynes Public Charter School; Mundo Verde Public Charter School; Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School; Wilson Senior High School; Eaton Elementary School; Tubman Elementary School; Paul Public Charter School; Bethune Public Charter School; Hardy Middle School

Awards & Recognition

Think Local First DC Femivore Award, 2013
Stone Soup DC Hero, 2013
Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells' "Livable, Walkable" Award, 2012

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Budget (FY2016)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for City Blossoms is: Less than $500k

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