"hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul." -Alfred Austin
Sprouts Accessible Gardening program seeks to support individuals in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo county with physical challenges that pose barriers to home gardening. Whether you use a wheelchair, have balance issues, or experience chronic pain we want you to experience the joy and health benefits of growing your own garden.
Who is eligible for an accessible garden?
Anyone who has a physical disabilities that prevents them from safely and comfortably growing a garden can apply.
What does Sprouts provide?
A raised garden bed, soil, and a selection of starter plants.
How does the process work?
If you are interested in a Sprouts garden you will need to contact us for a brief program application. If your application is accepted a volunteer will schedule a visit to your home where they will discuss your specific needs, your plant selection, and view the garden space. After this visit a planter box will be built to your height needs and delivered to your home along with the soil and plants. If you need help planting your garden a volunteer can help. Then it's up to you to water, feed, and harvest your garden!
Is there a fee for a garden?
We are a volunteer run organization the relies on the generosity of our donors to provide community services. We try to keep all services free or as low cost as possible.
If your income is....
below 150% of the poverty level your first garden box is free.
between 150%-250% of the poverty level, we ask for a $20 dollar donation for your first garden box to help cover materials costs.
above 250% of the poverty level, we ask for a $40 dollar donation for your first garden box to help cover materials costs.
If you would like additional garden beds, we are happy to help you extend your garden and ask a $40 dollar donation for each box and set up.