City Blossoms (Washington, DC)


  • Name:Lola Bloom

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:City Blossoms
  • Address:516 Kennedy Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20011
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:443.854.1669

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  • Mission:
  • City Blossoms collaborates with 30 community-based organizations, neighborhood groups, and learning centers to create outdoor spaces in the District of Columbia where children and youth use their creativity, intellect, and energy to grow and develop into future environmental stewards. Our mission is to foster healthy communities by developing creative, kid-driven green spaces and innovative resources.

  • Overview:
  • City Blossoms’ gardens provide youth and adults with healthy spaces to play, explore, and share food and culture. Our unique method of designing and managing robust green spaces ensures youth are engaged as active cultivators, rather than passive observers. We provide free and affordable in-school, after-school, and summer programming for Latino and African-American youth ranging from ages two through teens.

    City Blossoms Core Activities include:
    Community Green Spaces and School Gardens: Community Green Spaces transform unused land in urban areas into flourishing ecosystems. Green spaces typically include an educational garden, pollinator beds, rain gardens, and a compost area. These spaces serve as accessible places for children and adults to learn and interact with biological processes, ecology, and urban food production. Children and adults plant and cultivate crops, practice water conservation techniques, maintain and design composting bins, and observe the impact of urban development on the environment. In order to impact local students, City Blossoms provides public and charter school students with regular field trips and interactive programs, engaging them in classroom lessons teaching concepts, facts, and terminology, coupled with hands-on learning at school gardens or field trips to neighborhood Community Green Spaces.

    City Blossoms’ two current Community Green Spaces, Girard Children’s Community Garden and Marion Street Intergenerational Garden, have been providing free or subsidized activities to youth, families and community organizations for over five years. In 2013-14, community members visited Girard and Marion Green Spaces 1,645 times and 500 adults and children participated in City Blossoms educational and nutrition activities. Community Green Spaces provide a neighborhood hub for individuals from all cultural and economic backgrounds to come together and cultivate nutritious produce while learning about the natural environment. Specific activities include community workshops and harvest celebrations where community members prepare inexpensive, nutrition-dense meals using ingredients from the gardens.

    Community partnerships provide a foundation of success for City Blossoms’ Community Green Spaces model. Current partners include:
    • DC Promise Neighborhoods Initiative (DCPNI) – to build the largest Community Green Space thus far in Kenilworth, a neighborhood in Washington DC with limited resources
    • Youth Build – to incorporate students from this vocationally-focused alternative high school in building the infrastructure of two to three gardens, including sheds and raised beds.
    • We Can! – to bring family groups to the Community Green Spaces for weekly group workshops around gardening and nutrition. Families develop relationships and healthier habits that can improve quality of life.

    Consulting: City Blossoms provides expertise, technical assistance, and workshops to organizations interested in using City Blossom’s model for creating interactive green spaces. Current partners include various DC-based public school, The Nature Conservancy, and Philadelphia Public Schools. In Philadelphia, City Blossoms is guiding a cohort of 10 school sites in the installation and management of onsite gardens. Participants receive individual consultations, while also working together to share gardening techniques, resources, and strategies.

    Educational Resources: With support from the Office of Latino Affairs, City Blossoms tested, published, and distributed its bilingual early childhood garden-based curriculum titled Our First Harvest/ Nuestra Primera Cosecha. This curriculum provides Latino early childhood educators with equal access to gardening and nutrition curricula; the curriculum has already been distributed to 65 educators at the local, national and international level. The former first lady of Chile is currently using the City Blossoms’ curriculum to start an initiative similar to Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move, in her country.

    In 2014, City Blossoms provided almost 2,000 hours of free and affordable interactive activities to children and families, trained more than 300 educators, and distributed bilingual publications in Spanish and English. City Blossoms was recognized as a leader in community greening – winning the 2013 Think Local First DC Femivore Award and the 2014 D.C. Mayor’s Sustainability Award. City Blossoms was also recognized nationally through the 2015 Great American Gardeners Award from the American Horticultural Society.

  • History:
  • Founded by native Washingtonians Lola Bloom and Rebecca Lemos-Otero (Co-Executive Directors), City Blossoms originated as a volunteer project and soon after established its 501(c)3 status in 2009. Since its inception, City Blossoms has designed, developed, provided consultation and/or programming at over 42 green spaces in Washington DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia. In 2015, City Blossoms will collaborate with educational and community development organizations on 14 sites in the Washington DC area. These efforts will provide over 2,155 hours of free and affordable interactive activities, and access to green spaces for over 6,900 children across the city.

    The expansion of businesses and housing in the District has drastically reduced access to natural spaces each year, especially in lower income areas. The founders of City Blossoms recognized the need for a unique method of developing and managing robust green spaces where diverse groups of community members come together and engage in hands-on learning activities. City Blossoms envisions schools, learning centers, and communities throughout the DC area fully integrating outdoor green spaces and gardens into daily activities. The founders’ experiences of living and working in the DC community for over 13 years, provides a genuine understanding of potential solutions to the problem of diminishing access to green spaces.

  • Year established:2009
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:26-2335764

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:262335764
  • Organization Name:CITY BLOSSOMS INC
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  • Organization Address:516 KENNEDY ST NW
  • Organization City:WASHINGTON
  • Organization State:DC
  • Organization Zip:20011-3010
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:April, 2009
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
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  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:O50
  • Asset Amount:$139,824
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$483,876
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$483,876
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 4:48:27 pm

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