Urban Sprouts plants the seeds of social equity to build healthy and thriving neighborhoods through community and garden-based education.
Urban Sprouts has field-tested and evaluated the Garden-based Education Model developed by Dr. Michelle Ratcliffe (Ratcliffe et al., 2006; Ratcliffe et al., 2009). This model combines the Social Cognitive Theory of behavior change (Bandura, 1986), youth development theory and ecoliteracy models to determine the quantity and quality of garden-based experiences that enable youth to improve their health and nutrition. Learning that takes place in an interactive and multi-sensory context?he school garden?lps youth retain new knowledge and attitudes in the long-term. Results from Urban Sprouts? program evaluations show real change in participating youths? attitudes towards the environment, consumption of fruits and vegetables, and motivation to make change in their eating habits at school and at home.