Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Cambridgeport School student Yasmin Abdella shows off peppers grown as part of the CitySprouts gardening and food education program. (Photo: Kristen Emack)

Tickets are sold out for Thursday’s 10th anniversary gala fundraiser for CitySprouts, a school gardening and food education program, organization officials say.

The event, planned for 6 p.m. at the Hotel Marlowe in East Cambridge, is to be hosted by Mel King, the author and former Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor and state representative, and Ana Sortun, chef and owner of the city’s Oleana and Sofra Bakery & Cafe.

A silent auction is planned, along with music by the Creative Arts Quartet, a three-course dinner and dessert from Sofra.

CitySprouts was founded 10 years ago by Cambridge parent Jane S. Hirschi to help local schools create gardens in their schoolyards and ensure that hands-on learning, environmental stewardship and the experience of growing and eating food becomes part of public education for all children. CitySprouts worked with the city school district to develop garden-based lessons in math, science, history (such as planting gardens with medieval or colonial themes) and social studies that teachers can use in their classrooms.

Two years ago CitySprouts began serving all dozen JK-8 schools in the district and last year it launched CitySprouts Starts to bring its model to urban schools outside Cambridge.

The hotel is at 25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., near the Lechmere green line T stop. For information about the gala or CitySprouts, call (617) 876-2436.

Monica Velgos contributed to this report.