Urban Roots uses food and farming to transform the lives of young people and inspire, engage and nourish the community. Help us #AmplifyYoungLeaders!
Imagine a place where young people work hard to nurture the earth on a 3.5 acre urban farm, growing 25,000 pounds of produce to nourish the community every year. This diverse group of youth, between the ages 14-23, harvests over 40 different fruits and vegetables, cultivating healthy relationships with land and food as they taste freshly dug carrots for the very first time. They gain an intimate sense of service by donating 40% of their harvest to local food pantries and soup kitchens, preparing and serving meals to those in need from produce that they planted, tended, and harvested. That place is Urban Roots.
Impact StatementSince Urban Roots began in 2008, 236 youth have graduated from the program and we've paid these youth over $365,000 in stipends. Our youth have led over 6,560 hands-on volunteers in service and 3,600 middle and elementary students through educational tours on the Urban Roots farm. We've harvested over 257,496 pounds of produce and donated over 103,797 pounds-- or 190,000 servings-- to people in need.
Needs Statement$25 - Covers the cost of 1 leadership workshop for a Youth Farm Intern
$50 - Provides one day's stipend for a Youth Farm Intern
$100 - Pays for one cooking class for our Youth Interns
$250 - Pays for the seeds for the zucchini crop for the year
$500 - Provides transportation for our Youth Interns to and from the farm for 2 months
$1,500 - Pays the stipend for 1 youth for an entire season
"It is so important to teach kids their own power to keep themselves and their community healthy. Urban Roots does that." Parent of Urban Roots Youth Intern
"I have never had the opportunity to work with such a diverse group of people, and it was all worth it. My perspective and opinions of people and society in general have changed for the better."- Youth Farm Intern
"I think its really rewarding to see how much Urban Roots impacts the community. We're just kids and we're really making a difference."
- Youth Farm Intern
"I'd never eaten many vegetables before Urban Roots. It opened my mind up in that way. We can all connect through food. There's always someone in every family - a grandma, maybe - who'd grown food, so you can talk to people about it." - Youth Alumni