What is your city Madefor?
Serving ALL populations, including teens, adults, and seniors. Spaces that are accessible, challenging, and delightful.
Encouraging curiosity and learning, through creative way-findng, hidden public art, and playful calls to action.
Enabling groups to come together and co-exist in the same space.
PEACEKEEPING / Reflection
“It's really wonderful to wake up in a city where every day you realize that today the city is a little bit better than yesterday.”
— Jan Gehl, Danish Architect
Shabazz had to extend the garden to her front lawn but even then, it wasn’t enough to feed all who wanted to be involved. With neighbors January Blum and Lucas Dupont, Shabazz found a large vacant lot on Main Street and secured it as a farming cooperative. Word about Project Sprout spread throughout Kent County, so the team was invited to help start other community gardens.
Kent County is one of the most severely underserved communities in Tennessee. To combat this adversity, Project Sprout seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network. All members get a portion of each harvest and surpluses are donated to low-income families whose work schedules prevent them from volunteering.
Playful Design & Consulting
If you want people to love where they live, then give them space and place to play.
We design and consult on a wide range of projects, including interactive public art, playground design for all ages including teens and adults, and public space interventions that delight.
& Micro Interventions
Great change can start small. We are constantly researching and experimenting with new ways to get people interacting and playing with their cities, all while on a budget of $500 or less. We want to help empower the next generation of city-shakers and makers!
Programming & Events
We partner up with community and government organizations to provide events and classes that get people playing and actively engaging with their public spaces.
With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.
If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.