This large courtyard garden lies in the center of the school and is shaded in part by several mature trees, including a sycamore and apple tree. The CitySprouts garden ‘grew’ from several plots that teachers had started years earlier to encompass new growing areas in-ground and in raised beds. A large copper and wood bench designed and created by 7th graders and artist Mitch Ryerson was installed in 2007 as part of the Asian Art unit in the school’s art curriculum. There are two sheds and an open-bin compost system at the garden.
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 King Open 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.