Category: Cooking/Wellness

Vote for Sundance Family Foundation before June 30

Successful partnerships advance the missions of both organizations by being mutually beneficial with a strong working relationship and communication. Both partners give some and get some, and the partnership purpose grows more than the sum of each alone. This is the case with the Sundance Family Foundation and its nonprofit partners. A stalwart foundation partner of Urban Roots, the Sundance Family Foundation has been selected as a finalist for the annual Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2015 Nonprofit Mission and Excellence Awards in the category of Responsive Philanthropy.

This prestigious award honors the efforts and vision of nonprofits and foundations as recognized and selected by their peers. Voting runs from June 15 – 30, 2015. All staff, volunteers and board members of MNCN member organizations are welcome to vote. Please feel free to share the news with your networks.

Urban Roots wholeheartedly supports the Sundance Family Foundation for this award in Responsive Philanthropy. If you consider yourself a volunteer with Urban Roots and would like to vote, please contact Glen Hill for our member ID# so you can vote.

Founded in 2003 by Nancy Jacobs and Mark Sandercott, the Sundance Family Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organization partners who support youth development and strengthen family stability. Sundance is committed to cultivating the field of Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) which helps youth find their potential and advance into careers and/or businesses that benefit their communities. To build on our mutual strengths, Sundance organized the Youth Social Entrepreneurship Collaborative with local nonprofit partners to build the pioneering field of Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE). YSE programs open opportunities for youth to take leadership roles, advance through post-secondary trainings, obtain advanced degrees, and become the entrepreneurs who will shape the future economies of their neighborhoods. Sundance not only has provided grants to support YSE programs as Urban Roots, Cookie Cart, Appetite for Change, Cycles for Change, Youth Express, Project Sweetie Pie, Youth Farm, and others, they also organize workshops and program exchanges and actively seek other resources to support their partners. These entrepreneurial programs have ignited opportunities for youth to confidently explore their interests and to pursue options that they may have never considered. In this way, in our view, Sundance Family Foundation is an engaging and responsive philanthropic foundation.

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Mississippi Market's Positive Change for Urban Roots

The entire month of June both Saint Paul Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op locations will be collecting donations for Urban Roots!

Thanks to Mississippi Market’s Positive Change Program, each store will be collecting 10 cent bag credits and “round-up” donations to support our youth programming. Until June 30, you will be asked if you’d like to round up your receipt total to include a donation or if you’d like to purchase a reusable bag. When you agree, you are supporting Urban Roots.

Next time you’re out running errands, consider stopping at one of Mississippi Market’s local store locations:

622 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Open daily 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

1500 W. 7th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Open daily 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Happy Shopping!

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5th Annual Celebration Dinner: July 19

You Are Invited!

Join Urban Roots at the historic Saint Paul Hotel for our annual fundraising dinner featuring our youth interns.

July 19, 2015
The Saint Paul Hotel
350 Market Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102

Social hour, silent auction, wine wall, cash bar

Welcome by Susan Moores of Roots for the Home Team
Youth intern presentation by Daniel Y., Imogene S. & Nancy V.

Plated dinner featuring local, organic ingredients

Live auction with Col. Kurt Johnson (View auction items.)
Guest Speaker Tracy Singleton of Birchwood Cafe
Dana Smith of AgriBank
Special acknowledgements by Mary Stahlmann

PhotoByMetteNielsenGuest Speaker: Tracy Singleton owns and operates the Birchwood Cafe in Minneapolis. As an advocate for a healthier food system, community engagement, and environmental stewardship, Singleton believes, “Food connects us all. Every time we eat, we have a chance to make the world a better place.”
Sue Moores biz pic3Master of Ceremonies: Susan Moores, nutritionist and founder of Roots for the Home Team, a first-of-its-kind youth-based food enterprise at major sports venues.
kurtjohnsonAuctioneer: Kurt Johnson is one of the nation’s premier benefit and corporate motivational auctioneers. With 26 years’ experience and over 2,000 auctions to its credit, Kurt Johnson Auctioneering, Inc. has raised more than 60 million dollars for nonprofit organizations.



Registration is currently closed. If you’re unable to join this year’s event, please consider giving a regrets gift in place of your attendance.


Prep to attend by checking out our live auction items.

Entree features Kadejan Chicken of Glenwood, MN. Antibiotic-free, minimally-processed. Salad, seasonal vegetables and dessert created with organic produce. Salad and entree are gluten-free. Vegetarian meal available upon request.

Please note The Saint Paul Hotel does not have a parking lot. Valet parking is available or street/ramp parking is free on Sundays. Parking Options.

Business casual dress is encouraged.

For questions about the event, please contact Urban Roots at 651-228-7073.

Thank you to our 2015 event sponsors:

Grow Sponsors AgriBankLogoBlackGreenBioStar
Bloom Sponsors Print
 Seed Sponsors Metropolitan State University
TCF National Bank

Special thanks to:birchwood

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2015 Roots for the Home Team Schedule

Have you heard about the amazing salads being sold at Minnesota Twins baseball games? Urban Roots is a part of Roots for the Home Team, which is a community partnership of youth garden programs in the Twin Cities.

Using produce grown in our urban gardens and the inventive minds of our youth interns to help develop exciting salad recipes, together we sell delicious salads at Target Field on Minnesota Twins’ weekend home games.

Stop by our cart at Gate 34 on select game days. You’ll be greeted by our youth interns who offer a chance to sample our tasty salads and support the work we do. Read more about the youth, the salads and the mission.

Mark Your Calendars for Urban Roots Game Days:

Photo Credit: Teresa Marrone

Sunday, May 31
Saturday, June 6
Saturday, July 11
Saturday, July 25
Sunday, August 2
Saturday, August 15
Sunday, September 20
Sunday, October 4

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Shop at Whole Foods for Urban Roots on May 15

This Friday, May 15, when you shop at Whole Foods Market your purchase will also contribute to Urban Roots’ Youth Development activities. Whole Foods Market generously hosts community giving days, also known as “1% Days,” and Urban Roots has been selected!

Look for the Urban Roots table between 11am and 5:30pm this Friday. Please stop by to talk with staff and youth interns — and even participate in a garden game. We are honored that Whole Foods Market selected Urban Roots as a nonprofit organization that matches their values. We hope to see you there!

Whole Foods Market is located at 30 Fairview Ave. South, St. Paul, MN 55105 on the corner of Grand and Fairview.image002

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Join the Walking Tour of East Side Saint Paul

This year marks the 4th Annual Placemaking Residency hosted by the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation. This is a five-day event meant to engage community members in thinking about how we can collaboratively grow and evolve our cities – and Urban Roots is getting involved!

As part of the event’s multi-day schedule, Urban Roots will be leading a walking tour on Tuesday, May 12 from 10-11am.

The tour will begin on East North Street with stops at Urban Roots, Stutzman Building and the site of Mississippi Market Food Co-op opening in September.

Register to join the tour and some of the other exciting activities planned.

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Urban Roots Executive Director

The Urban Roots Board of Directors is actively accepting applicants for our Executive Director position. No phone calls, please. Questions can be directed to

The Executive Director of Urban Roots reports to the Board of Directors. The person in this position has overall responsibility for inspiring, visionary leadership of the organization. He or she will promote the mission of Urban Roots and… Read More via Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

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Youth Intern Cooking Competition

This week our Cooking Crew celebrated the end of another successful academic session. After a session of teaching cooking and wellness classes to the community, we ended our season with a cooking competition. The challenge? To make the tastiest and most unique fruit pizza. The youth interns rose to the occasion!

Using many different types of fruit (and having some serious fun with food coloring), our interns created some beautiful and delicious fruit pizzas. One team created a colorful underwater scene complete with a shark with fangs. The competing team opted for a festive Easter design.

The judges were divided on a winner because each group did different things really well. Ultimately, everyone decided it didn’t matter who won because everything was delicious and looked amazing. Plus, we were all reminded that fruit pizza is a fun way to incorporate more fruit into your diet!


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Youth Interns to Receive Second Public Award

We are proud to announce our Urban Roots Youth Interns were nominated and selected to receive the 2015 Ramsey County Public Health Award for their advocacy, leadership and collaboration in bettering the health of Ramsey County through community cooking classes, gardening and our local CSA. The Ramsey County Public Health Awards honor individuals and groups who devote their time, energy and talents to improve the public health of individuals, families and communities in Ramsey County. Our youth will receive this honor at the awards ceremony with three other awardees in April.

This is the second public award our amazing youth interns have received in recent months. This winter, our youth interns were selected as the recipients of the 2014 Young Watershed Stewards award from Capitol Region Watershed District. Our youth received this award based on their incredible work restoring natural areas and installing rain gardens that improve water quality.

The youth working in our paid internship programs all live or attend school in East Side Saint Paul and are between 14 and 18 years of age. It’s an honor to work with such talented, diverse members of our community.

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Food for Thought:
 Film & Discussion Series

Our youth interns are joining leaders and community members in the local food movement for an exciting exploration of the food revolution through films and food. These events are offered in partnership with Urban Roots, Urban Oasis, First Lutheran Church, Heavenly Day Cafe and the Women’s Environmental Institute. Homemade soup and bread will be served! The cost to attend is $5 per evening.

Tuesday, April 7 – Fed Up (6:00 – 8:30 PM)

You are what you eat. Why are American’s sicker and heavier than ever before? Narrated by Katie Couric, the film Fed Up uncovers why, despite media attention, the public’s fascination with appearance, and government policies to combat childhood obesity-generations of American children will now live shorter lives than their parents did.

After the film, interact with our youth interns and community members in a lively discussion of the film. Please RSVP through Community Education.

Tuesday, April 21 – Growing Twin Cities (6:00 – 8:30 PM)

Twin Cities’ restaurants and organizations alike have a growing commitment to the farm-to-table movement, not only because the food is better, it can be a powerful economic engine in our communities. The film Growing Cities will be the foundation for an exciting conversation with a panel of local farmers, food preparers, and organizations on the forefront of this effort.

After the film join a panel of East Side Urban Growers for a lively discussion of the film. Please RSVP through Community Education.

Films will be shown at First Lutheran Church, 463 Maria Avenue in Saint Paul.

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