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Travis McCready and kids

 CitySprouts Dig It! 2014

CitySprouts school garden program celebrated the success and growth of its programs at a benefit on Thursday, March 13th at the Liberty Hotel, Boston, MA, raising $70,000 for CitySprouts’ year-round program in 20 Cambridge and Boston Public Schools.

Special guest Felix Arroyo, newly appointed Boston chief of health and human services, spoke to the importance of  healthy food education in Boston schools and neighborhoods: “We are here because we believe in this type of education. We believe young people in urban environments deserve to know where their food comes from, how to grow food, what healthy food looks like, and that in fact it is available for them as well.”

Travis McCready, Vice President for Program at The Boston Foundation, was honored with the first CitySprouts Community and Environmental Impact Award. Reflecting on his own childhood summer learning about gardening at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and his ah ha moment tasting a freshly pulled radish, Travis explained why CitySprouts program should be a part of every child’s education: “Nothing has shaped our humanity over the millennia more than our food. Not war; not energy. I thank CitySprouts because of what they’re giving our young people and how they’re connecting them to humanity.”

The event raised $70,000 to benefit CitySprouts urban school garden program, including a new partnership with the Higginson-Lewis School beginning in September.