Seed to Pantry Program 


Now accepting applications for our newly launched “Seed to Pantry” Program! This program takes you from the seed to the garden to harvest and cooking/preservation. We will begin in early April by seeding in the greenhouse and will care for the plants through til the last chance of frost mid-May. We will then transplant our plants to the community gardens and continue to care for them through harvest. We will be offering cooking classes and classes teaching food preservation methods such as dehydrating, water-bath canning, and pressure canning. Eat nutritious food year round by filling your pantry and freezer with the bounty from your garden! On average, a family of 4 can save up to $5200 a year by participating in this program! DUE MARCH 30, 2018


Healthy Holiday Dishes: 101

Dec 2

RSVP By Emailing sproutofcontrol

Pay at the door only if RSVP’d

Otherwise tickets are available on Eventbrite.


Food Preservation: 101


Learn the basics of food preservation so you can eat well year round by filling your pantry and freezer with the bounty from your garden! Participants will learn how to safely and economically

preserve fresh fruits and vegetables. Demonstrations will be in canning methods, freezing methods, and dehydration. You will learn what equipment is needed and proper storage methods. Participants receive printed materials and recipes, enjoy an extensive Q&A at the end of the class from the panel, and taste sample preserved products. Each participant will also be able to take home a sample of one of the food items they’ve learned how to preserve! Registration Limited!


Email for further information or apply here: Application

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Big Dig – Depot District Garden


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Spring Gala


Sprout of Control invites community members, local families, friends and neighbors to its free Spring Gala. The annual event is March 16th at the Martha Dwyer Community Center. The doors will open at 5 p.m. when the silent auction bidding begins, along with refreshments and live demonstrations. The program will begin at 6 p.m. with several guest speakers. The raffle will be drawn at 7 p.m., and then the silent auction will open back up for last minute bids till 7:45, and the winners announced at 8 p.m. sharp. There will also be a children’s area available. Come learn how you can get involved in or to support your neighborhood community garden.

Proceeds benefit the multiple community gardens that we maintain across the Richmond area. We have received several properties from the City of Richmond in 2017 through the Blight Elimination Program and need to acquire the necessary supplies and materials to transform these into productive green space. Proceeds will also support the garden’s programs and services educating residents of all ages about conserving natural resources and how to be more self-sufficient through growing your own food.

Silent Auction

The Silent Auction is a fundraiser for the Sprout of Control Community Gardens.  We are now accepting items for the auction.  If you have an item to contribute, it is a tax-deductible donation, submit a form for the item(s) or bring to the registration table at the event.  Please fill out a silent auction form


Speakers will present on several topics, such as: “Community Gardens and Mental Health”, and “Community Gardens and Fostering Community”.


Several booths will be set up featuring live demonstrations for observation on a variety of food preservation methods, such as: freezing, canning, and dehydration.


A raffle will be held with only 250 tickets being sold. Tickets are $2 each or 3 tickets for $5. The prize will be a gift basket consisting of various prizes from local retailers and gardening related items with a value of over $100! Please contact a board member for pre-sales, or tickets will be available for purchase at the event, while available. The raffle drawing will occur at 7 p.m. Winners need not to be present. Please be sure you fill out the stub of each ticket and return it to a board member.

For more information, call 765-994-5340 or visit the links below:

Urban Gardeners: Activate!

Growing fresh food in the smallest places is possible!

Join us on March 27th at the Innovation Center to learn more about how to grow fresh food in small spaces!

Family Earth Day Celebration

Join us again this year for an exciting celebration of planet Earth! Come on over on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10a-2p. This year Family Earth Day Celebration will be held at Cope Environmental Center’s new Living Building Challenge project. Check out the Family Earth Day Celebration Facebook page for more information!