Urban Roots

Growing a more vibrant East Side together.

"I think the relationships made at Urban Roots are important to me. If you don't have strong relationships with people, you can't work as a family." Marquise, Seed Crew Intern. 

Marquise came to Urban Roots two years ago, as an enthusiastic 15 year-old intern. Throughout his time at Urban Roots, Marquise has learned invaluable skills like communication, responsibility, and leadership that will impact him for years to come. 

Urban Roots' experiential “earn as you learn” programs are grounded in improving urban food systems, supporting and fostering connection to Saint Paul’s parks and green spaces, and promoting active living for members of our community-- like Marquise and his family. Our programs provide hands-on learning and foster critical life skills around entrepreneurial thinking, resilience and collaboration, and leadership. Throughout our internships in one of three program areas (Market Garden, Cook Fresh, and Conservation) our interns are given 21st Century job skills and are provided with ongoing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

Through our core programs last year we:

-Engaged more than 3,500 children, youth and families in Saint Paul through healthy cooking programs, food sales and distribution, and environmental action projects

-Harvested over 11,000 lbs of produce grown in five urban gardens on Saint Paul’s Eastside and sold produce and value added products through our CSA and farmers market stand

-Removed 2,100 cubic feet of invasive species in parklands, intensively managing 7 acres of nature sanctuary and habitat for pollinators and wildlife

Your donation makes our programming possible for interns like Marquise. 

Donate today at these levels, and your donation could:

$25 - Pay for five pair of gardening gloves

$50 - Purchase one set of rain gear for a Market Garden Crew intern

$100 - Provide one college access visit during the school year

$200 - Purchase bike equipment for one Conservation intern

$500 - Supply food staples for 60 interns in our Chef-Led Lunch program during our 10 week summer program

$1,000 - Support summer program wages for one first-year intern

$1,500 - Support summer program wages for one second-year intern

$2,000 - Support summer program wages for one third-year intern

More powerful words from our interns:

"This job is unique because it is something you keep wanting to come back " -Hassan,  Age 15

“The experience of working with people from all ages and backgrounds during my 4 years influenced my decision to pursue a degree in Social Work, I realized how much I liked working with people and learning from each other.” - Mai, Age 19

"I learned to make better choices about my food and was able to bring those ideas back to my family.  I feel proud that I influenced my family to use more vegetables in our cooking and meals" - Tony, Age 15

Join the Urban Roots family and donate today. Thank you for supporting our work and collaboration with our partners, volunteers, community members, staff and for investing in our amazing youth interns!

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