In the midst of turmoil, City Sprouts has found a way to foster growth and community in North Omaha through gardening. Emerged in the center of a crime scene, City Sprouts took action after a neighborhood murder in 1995. To create a bond in a time where disconnect among neighbors was expected, City Sprouts built local food systems, improved community health, and strengthened economic viability and sustainability. In August, all of Omaha was invited to help continue with this effort as City Sprouts hosted a fundraising gala at the Lauritzen Gardens. Additionally, for the first time in City Sprouts history, the Community Cultivator Award was presented. Recipients John Parsons of the Omaha Street School and Ty Schenzel of Hope Center for Kids were both honored at the Gala. The event also included a silent auction and live music provided by The Goodlife Jazz Trio.
City Sprouts maintains community and family gardens in a half-acre demonstration plot at 40th and Franklin Streets in the Orchard Hill Neighborhood of North Omaha, as well as an Urban Farm at 40th and Decatur. The organization works with Omaha area residents and volunteers to grow produce, flowers, and herbs using environmentally responsible and sustainable gardening techniques. For more information, call (402) 216-9616 or visit www.omahasprouts.org.