Seven friends working on projects for twelve months, as part of an unofficial artist’s residency.
Project Sprout took root in founder Nadia Shabazz’s backyard. Her family had a need for fresh produce since the nearest supermarket only carried semi-spoiled bananas and tomatoes. Shabazz started small, planting leafy greens and berries. When it came time to harvest, she gave extras away to neighbors. She began to see drastic improvements in her children’s health and thought that everyone on her block could benefit. She began inviting neighbors who didn’t have gardens to come plant on her land.
“Flawed but Finished”
— Ben Schiffler, FOUNDER
Shabazz had to extend the garden to her front lawn but even then, it wasn’t enough to feed all who wanted to be involved. With neighbors January Blum and Lucas Dupont, Shabazz found a large vacant lot on Main Street and secured it as a farming cooperative. Word about Project Sprout spread throughout Kent County, so the team was invited to help start other community gardens.
“Having a healthy work culture is a core tenet of Broom Cupboard Studios. A big goal of this year-long project is to learn about what it takes to run a studio, so if we're not learning how to run a studio in a healthy way, there's really no point to the whole project!”
-Ben Schiffler, Director