Garden construction at the Cambridgeport School began in 2009 with the removal of asphalt in a 70-foot long narrow stretch behind the school, an area shaded by three locust trees. Planter boxes and benches with planter boxes were designed and installed by parent Alex van Praagh. A shady habitat garden was installed in 2010 by Cambridgeport garden committee and CitySprouts staff. In 2011, felted woolly pockets for growing vegetables were installed on the playground fence. During summer 2013, space was given in the back of the school for three raised beds. The garden has a shed and composter.
CitySprouts is a school garden program founded on the principle that all children should experience hands-on learning with real-world applications, support and practice in making good food choices, and a life-long connection to the natural world. CitySprouts’ garden educator is at the Cambridgeport School twice each week during the fall and spring to support teachers' lessons and projects in the school garden. Our FoodCorps service member helps teachers' with projects through the winter. Middle schoolers throughout the city participate in CitySprouts summer program in July and August.