Urban Sprouts was established in 2004 on the belief that beautiful and safe outdoor environments foster healthy and economically thriving communities. The organization views its gardens as culturally responsive, interactive classrooms; welcoming places for meditation and physical activity; sources of fresh, nutritious food and as incubators for a modern workforce that understands the essential nature of social justice and climate resilience.
The various programs at Urban Sprouts focus on individuals and families in San Francisco’s southeastern neighborhoods, many of whom face significant obstacles to economic, social and physical health. Specific neighborhoods include the Excelsior, the Mission, Visitacion Valley, Bayview/Hunters Point, Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, Ingleside, Oceanview and Merced Heights.
Across all of their work, Urban Sprouts aims to support communities who have been systematically denied access to resources, creating pathways to health and economic equity through garden-based education and experiences.