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Portfolio

Our services do not include electrical, plumbing, or excavation. Clients may retain these services from other professionals. The photographs depicted on this website are for illustrative purposes only. 

"The rock doesn’t know what happens to the ripples in the pond"       J.P. Lynde

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"The Christopher" in New York, NY
 
  • Rooftop garden build & programming for this beautiful Breaking Ground building

  • Vegetable garden design and build

  • Maintenance and garden programming

  • Workshops for staff and residents

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The Horizon Baby Chicks (2)

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The Horizon Baby Chicks (2)

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Horizon Juvenile Detention Center: Metamorphosis Program in The Bronx, NY
 
  • Urban Farm Design & Build

  • Yearlong Metamorphosis program

  • Staff Training 

  • Farm includes:

    • garden rows with vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruit

    • hydroponic garden

    • fruit tree orchard

    • chicken coop

    • worms & composters

    • staff garden

    • aquaponics

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2017 Breaking Ground Hegeman Community Garden copyright Sprout by Design (1)

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The "Hegeman" in Brownsville, Brooklyn

 

  • Community garden build & program for this beautiful Breaking Ground building

  • Hundreds of residents, neighbors and community members visited the Hegeman for open garden  hours and healthy snacks in the garden

  • Crops grown include bitter melon, okra, watermelon, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, garlic, broccoli, scallions, beans, big thyme, eggplant, and a variety of Caribbean herbs

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Garden build for the Brooklyn Public Library

 

It was our honor to build a wheelchair accessible garden for The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs at the Brooklyn Public Library.

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Partnership: NYRP, Marcus Samuelsson Group, and Sprout by Design

 

Sprout by Design is helping the gardens at Rodale Pleasant Park Community Garden, part of NYRP, grow food for Marcus Samuelsson's restaurant Streetbird in Harlem, NYC. 

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Garden build for American Dairy Association and Dairy Council for PS3, Staten Island.

 

Raised garden beds for  The Margaret Gioiosa Pleasant Plains School in Staten Island. 

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Community garden build and programming for Breaking Ground in Brownsville, Brooklyn

 

  • Raised garden beds

  • Wheelchair accessible garden beds

  • 400sf platform deck  

  • Garden mounds

  • Irrigation system

  • Garden maintenance

  • Community garden workshops

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Crossroads Juvenile Detention Center: Aquaponics Program

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Horizon Juvenile Detention Center: Farm-to-Table Entrepreneurship Program 
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Crossroads Juvenile Detention Center: Urban Farming Apprenticeship 
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Ryer Juvenile Detention Center: Farm-to-Table Entrepreneurship Program
Instagram - Urban preschool student meets a worm for the firs time and can't get
Instagram - Urban preschool student meets a worm for the firs time and can't get

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Instagram - Preschool student observing a worm up close with a magnifying glass.
Instagram - Preschool student observing a worm up close with a magnifying glass.

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Chicken unit with PK students
Chicken unit with PK students

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Instagram - Urban preschool student meets a worm for the firs time and can't get

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Urban Farming Adventure at YAI Special Needs Preschools #YAISprouts #YAIGardens

 

An Educational Program Tailored to the Exceptional Individuals Supported by YAI, implemented by Sprout.

 

Sprout by Design has developed an Urban Farming Adventure curriculum, covering: live chicken hatching, worms & composting, healthy bottle gardening, butterfly hatching and aquaponics. 

 

More pictures on our Facebook page. 

Sprout YAI Wholefoods 5% day
Sprout YAI Wholefoods 5% day

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Sprout YAI Wholefoods 5% day
Sprout YAI Wholefoods 5% day

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Sprout YAI Wholefoods 5% day

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Whole Foods Market 5% Day recipients: YAI + Sprout by Design 

 

An Educational Program Tailored to the Exceptional Individuals Supported by YAI, implemented by Sprout.

 

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, YAI in partnership with Sprout by Design, will receive 5 percent of the day’s net sales at seven Whole Foods Market stores in Manhattan. Sprout by Design is developing a multi-faceted, garden-based educational program for individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages in schools, homes and the workplaces. This custom program for YAI will focus on professional development, green job training, a customized curriculum and workshops including, live chicken hatching, hydroponic window farming, healthy bottle gardening, butterfly hatching and aquafarms.

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Happy with our new bottle gardens

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The Healthy Bottle Garden
The Healthy Bottle Garden

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Learning Conductivity w MakeyMakey

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Happy with our new bottle gardens

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Jacob A Riis Academy, Settlement Houses & Community Center 

 

 6 month after school program 

 6 week summer program

 

4 facilities

Students grades K-12

STEM Workshops:

  • Hydroponics

  • Healthy Bottle Gardening

  • Conductivity using MaKey Makey

  • Live Chicken Egg Hatching: a 21 day observation

  • Butterfly Hatching

  • Build of Chicken Coop

Professional Development

Curriculum Design

Wheelchair Accessible Garden Beds
Wheelchair Accessible Garden Beds

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Building Phase Concluded! Thank You!
Building Phase Concluded! Thank You!

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Wheelchair Accessible Garden Beds
Wheelchair Accessible Garden Beds

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YAI: Living, Loving, Growing 

 

Garden build and gardening workshops for a special needs residence

 

Design & Build:

  • Garden beds 

  • Butterfly walls 

  • Arbor 

 

Support, Eduate & Grow:

  • Staff training

  • Garden Plans & Activities

  • Planting workshops

  • Maintenance

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Greenhouse build at Harlem Renaissance High School 

 

This is no ordinary school. This school now has a state of the art studio and greenhouse! We were so lucky to be chosen to build their greenhouse and we have truly enjoyed it.

 

A team of mostly women built this greenhouse so that the Green Team can grow things year round! 

 

Greenhouse used as a Learning Lab
Greenhouse used as a Learning Lab

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Greenhouse being built
Greenhouse being built

August 2013, the greenhouse is under construction. Once completed, the 480sf greenhouse will be a fantastic place for students to explore and learn about plants all year round

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Whole school fall bulb planting
Whole school fall bulb planting

Wow! Even as the weather gets colder, we have been busy in the garden! During the week of November 11th, our classes planted in all the beds, tires, and wooly pockets. We planted garlic, hyacinths, daffodils, clover, and even some spinach.

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Greenhouse used as a Learning Lab
Greenhouse used as a Learning Lab

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Greenhouse for Growing Up Green Charter School

We built an Outdoor Educational Wonderland for Growing up Green Charter School. This school is a true inspiration. Even without a single square foot of green space, they created a compete Wonderland in their school parking lot that includes: a greenhouse (used as a Learning Lab), raised garden beds, several composting systems and a chicken coop! They have already harvested many pounds of vegetables and herbs. Sprout has helped GUGCS integrate garden based learning into everyday education. We've helped to articulate and formalize the garden education initiative for all teachers, students and parents.

Commercial style hydroponics
Commercial style hydroponics

in Harlem NYC

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Commercial style hydroponics
Commercial style hydroponics

in Harlem NYC

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Inside the hydroponic greenhouse
Inside the hydroponic greenhouse

Harlem NYC

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Commercial style hydroponics

in Harlem NYC

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Hydroponic Greenhouse at PS175 in Harlem

Outdoor Educational Wonderland & Workshops

 

Designed & built a hydroponic greenhouse for a public school in Harlem New York in a nearby vacant lot. Designed & directed garden-based learning workshops: applying Math, Science, Language and Art. Workshops given in a garden setting where students could learn first-hand where their food comes from and how to make healthier food choices.

 

Thanks to Green Bronx Machine, Garden State Urban Farms, Ellenberger Services, Rimol Greenhouses and American Hydroponics - especially Eric, you are  all amazing! 

Part of the Green Bronx team
Part of the Green Bronx team

In Steve Ritz's greenest classroom in NYC

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Green Bronx Machine Logo Design
Green Bronx Machine Logo Design

The Bronx outline in the top right and the gear wheels symbolizing the machine

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Part of the Green Bronx team
Part of the Green Bronx team

In Steve Ritz's greenest classroom in NYC

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Green Bronx Machine​

Indoor Educational Wonderland

 

A nonprofit whose motto is “Growing Our Way Into A New Economy”. Trained and mentored high-risk Bronx Youth to become ready for jobs in the new green economy. Green Bronx Students became certified to build green walls, green roofs, hydroponic greenhouses and at the end of the program were able to teach elementary school students how to grow food.



Many thanks to Steve Ritz

 

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Proud of their self-made SIPs
Proud of their self-made SIPs

with self grown tomato plants

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Outdoor Gardening at PSMS282
Outdoor Gardening at PSMS282

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Produce from the PS282 garden
Produce from the PS282 garden

Its October 2012 and this is part of the weekly harvest. Amazing!

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Proud of their self-made SIPs

with self grown tomato plants

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PS 282, Brooklyn, NY

Workshops

 

Designed and executed Garden Based Learning workshops (Math, Science, Writing, Social Studies) for Grades PK - 8th.

 

In 2014: Workshops given to 300 children & 20 adults. In 2013: Workshops given to 725 children & 80 adults (teachers, student teachers, and parents). In 2012: Workshops given to 725 children & 80 adults. In 2011: Workshops given to 600 children & 60 adults.

Thanks to all the amazing parents and teachers. Special thanks to Anita, Emma, Anna & Dan, Rohana & kids, Ms Larkins and Ms Collins.



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Planting in strange objects
Planting in strange objects

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Food detectives week at ps107
Food detectives week at ps107

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Planting in strange objects

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PS 107 Brooklyn, NY​​

Workshops

 

2013 Citywide Winner ($10,000!!) of the DSNY Golden Apple Awards TrashMasters! Team Up to Clean Up! 

 

Gardenbased learning workshops grades PK - 5th. Over multiple years, workshops were given to over 1200 students & 40 adults. We designed and directed an 8 week Professional Development training program for 12 teachers (K-2nd), focused on integrating the garden in the daily curriculum and help teachers create their own techniques. The program was so popular, students were asked to plant veggies with Michelle Obama at the White House and were featured in her book American Grown.

Calculating Latitude and Longitude
Calculating Latitude and Longitude

to make sundials

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Calculating Latitude and Longitude
Calculating Latitude and Longitude

to make sundials

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Discovery High School

Indoor and Outdoor Educational Wonderland & Workshops

 

 

Grades 9-12. Designed and directed 8-week intensive gardening learning program for 40 middle and high school students in Bronx, NYC. Students visited the White House.



Including: making sundials.



 

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Art Garden at Frederick Douglass Academy V

Outdoor Educational Wonderland & Workshops

 

Bronx NY. Grades 6-8. Designed & built self-irrigating bucket garden. Gave workshops to 90 students, working with the art-teacher to introduce the garden as daily inspiration.

Designed and directed lectures and workshops including garden design and an introduction to the biology of plants.

Outdoor Classroom
Outdoor Classroom

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The Blenchi / Hummingbird School
The Blenchi / Hummingbird School

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Outdoor Classroom
Outdoor Classroom

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Blenchi Skol

Workshops

 

​​Special Education School in Curacao. In addition to conventional classroom teaching, Blenchi School, a special education school in Curacao, educates through music, art and physical education. We are working on connecting the classroom to the garden, teaching about health, biology, math, entrepreneurship and sustainability.

A playground framework
A playground framework

The Learning Landscape is a playground framework for elementary learning that teaches core subjects, social skills, and leadership through game play and fun physical activity! The easy-to-build playspace and network of games for multiple subjects can be integrated into any school curriculum to improve student learning capacities.

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Students in thailand
Students in thailand

Who says you can't have fun while learning math?

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A playground framework
A playground framework

The Learning Landscape is a playground framework for elementary learning that teaches core subjects, social skills, and leadership through game play and fun physical activity! The easy-to-build playspace and network of games for multiple subjects can be integrated into any school curriculum to improve student learning capacities.

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Learning Landscape

Co-Designed an open-source scalable grid-based playground for elementary education, with Project H Design. Finalist of INDEX: Design to Improve Life Award, featured in Cooper-Hewitt, Axis Gallery and Magazine Tokyo, ID Magazine.

 

As of March 31, 2012 there were

   27 Learning Landscapes worldwide, in

  10 different countries, with an estimated      4100 students playing & learning on them​



Finger spacing: holes for peas
Finger spacing: holes for peas

Why do we learn about inches and other units of measurement in class? A real life application of spacing, in this case three fingers for the Kindergarten group.

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Buckets water brought by 'bakfiets'
Buckets water brought by 'bakfiets'

The farm has no water supply at the moment, so I drove a big bike with 8 buckets full of water from the water source a few minutes away

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A squirrel on our fence
A squirrel on our fence

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Finger spacing: holes for peas
Finger spacing: holes for peas

Why do we learn about inches and other units of measurement in class? A real life application of spacing, in this case three fingers for the Kindergarten group.

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Battery Urban Farm

Workshops & Gardening

 

The Battery Urban Farm is a one acre educational farm located at the Southern tip of Manhattan. The turkey-shaped farm is home to over 80 varieties of organically-grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, grains, and companion plants.​ This Spring Ilona taught garden-based learning classes to hundreds of NYC students grades K-12.

To bring a class, sign up for Enrichment Visits, a great introduction to the farm for new or visiting groups: www.thebattery.org/projects/battery-urban-farm/youth-education/

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Mini Farm at Red Rooster​​ office in Harlem
 

The design and build of a custom planter. Using salvaged NYC scaffolding wood, this mini farm had a very little small carbon footprint to make, and in no time, the farm will have 'scrubbed the air' and have taken as much CO2 out of the air as it took to build, while growing delicious veggies and herbs for all at the office to enjoy. Lunch was never better!