Category: Market Garden

Calling for Fall Garden Volunteers

After a whirlwind summer with 58 teen interns for 10 weeks, Urban Roots staff was left to reflect and reminisce in the quiet over what a fun-filled summer we had!

With the academic session on its way, the Market Garden Program still has four fall CSA weeks left and will be selling produce on Saturdays from 8am – 1pm at the Mill City Farmers Market in September and October.

Needless to say, there is plenty of work to be done and fun to be had at our six urban gardens scattered around the East Side. After autumn peaks, the tomatoes are harvested, potatoes are dug, squash are picked, and our vegetable gardens will need some TLC before the winter! Fall tasks for large groups include taking down trellises, tearing out beds, seeding cover crop, spreading manure, and weeding one last time before the frost. We would also love individuals to help with canning. We welcome any volunteer teams who want to get their hands dirty or individuals looking to process produce! If you’re interested contact or call the office (651)-228-7073.

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Now Recruiting Board Members

The Board of Directors of Urban Roots is currently seeking individuals to join our group of dedicated professionals working to fulfill Urban Roots’ mission.

Urban Roots is a youth development organization located in East Side Saint Paul with the mission to build vibrant and healthy communities through youth development, food, conservation and entrepreneurship. Our vision is for youth to learn, contribute, navigate and thrive by leading and innovating around food, conservation, wellness and entrepreneurship all through engaging and connecting with their community. We prepare youth for their own future prosperities. We operate three main programs; Market Garden, Cooking and Wellness, and Conservation, and employ 60 teens each year in these programs.

Prospective board members exhibit essential qualities of a commitment to our purpose, financial stewardship and active leadership. Our expectations for board members include:

*Fulfillment of three year Board term.
*Regular participation in Board meetings and committee work, approximately 10-12 times per year (approximately 8-12 hours per month).
*Participation in fundraising.
*Advocacy on behalf of the organization; promoting it’s efforts, building networks and making connections to resources wherever possible.

If interested, please complete an application by including:

*Your contact information (email and telephone)
*Your resume, bio or CV
*A cover letter addressing these three questions:

1. Can you responsibly commit to meeting the term and expected work load requirements?
2. Why are you interested in serving on this particular board?
3. What professional or volunteer experience, including having served on a board or governing committee, uniquely qualifies you to serve on the board?

Please email the application to by September 4, 2015. A member of the Board will follow-up with applicants by mid-September.


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Join Us in the Garden

Come join us at the Swede Hollow Cafe on Wednesday, August 12 for a seasonal, youth-grown lunch special and garden tour! Our lunch special will be featured until sold out, and our Market Garden Youth Interns will be giving short garden tours between 11:30am and 12:30pm. It’s going to be a delicious way to learn more about Urban Roots!

Swede Hollow Cafe
725 Seventh St E.
St Paul, MN 55106
(651) 776-8810


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Exciting News: We are Partnering with Izzy’s Ice Cream

Sue Moores, founder of Roots for the Home Team, came up with a great idea of turning Urban Roots Market Garden produce into delicious ice cream! What better way to spend the summer than with refreshing ice cream made from your own produce? IMG_6578

Yesterday morning, our Market Garden Youth Interns were excited to get the chance to tour Izzy’s Ice Cream in Minneapolis. We had the opportunity to see our basil turn into the very popular Lemon Basil Ice Cream! Many youth were surprised that such an unusual combination turned out to be amazing. Overall, both the staff and interns had a great time learning about how their produce is being distributed in local businesses.

If you’re strolling through the neighborhood, don’t forget to drop by Izzy’s Ice Cream to pick up some delicious Lemon Basil or Beet and Berry Ice Cream featuring Urban Roots produce!


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Apply by June 30: Minnesota GreenCorps Member at Urban Roots

Urban Roots has been chosen to be a host site for a 2015-2016 Minnesota GreenCorps Member. The GreenCorps member will work with the Urban Roots Market Garden and Conservation Programs and work with teens in designing and implementing pollinator gardens, rain gardens, nature area restoration, geocaching and other outdoor activities, together with growing and marketing produce from six urban production sites.

Applications to MN GreenCorps all go through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The MPCA is now accepting applications through June 30, 2015 from individuals interested in serving as an AmeriCorps member in MN GreenCorps for the 2015-2016 program year. Full-time positions will begin in mid-to-late September 2015 and last through August 2016, with members serving approximately 40 hours per week. Learn more and find out how to apply here through the MN Pollution Control Agency.

Job Description:

Youth Program Supervisor/GreenCorps member at Urban Roots

The GreenCorps member at Urban Roots will work with staff and the youth we serve. They will lead outreach and education efforts through partnering organizations (St. Paul public schools, public libraries, etc) to encourage sustainable living through outdoor play, urban gardening, healthy eating habits, biking for transportation, and using rain gardens to help with storm water management. The GreenCorps member’s projects will serve to improve the St. Paul community’s attitudes towards the environment through increased education and empowerment through action projects to ultimately improve both human and environmental health of the East Side community.

The GreenCorps member will work with the Market Garden and the Conservation Programs as part of a Program Team. The responsibilities include:

• With the Market Garden Program, provide knowledge and assistance to produce and prepare locally and organically grown vegetables and fruits, especially though community garden plots and school garden programs.
• With the Conservation Program – build awareness, appreciation, and respect for urban natural spaces through restoration projects and environmental education, encouraging the creation and maintenance of pollinator habitat, building confidence and awareness around the use of bikes as an alternative form of transportation, building, maintaining, and providing education around storm water management (rain gardens) both in public and private spaces.
• Support and work with youth and the Urban Roots staff in conducting education and enrichment activities in the community.
• Support and expand Urban Roots current outreach activities with local after school programs, focusing on teaching youth about local foods, the importance of pollinators, their role in the water cycle, and learning about their local parks and natural areas.
• Document results and submit quarterly and final projects to MPCA, including lessons learned that can inform and benefit other communities.

For more information about the GreenCorps Member work at Urban Roots, please contact our Conservation Program Manager (651-228-7073, ext 16).

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Live Auction Excitement

From a New York City food tour to an outdoor canoe adventure, our live auction will have what you’re looking for! On Sunday, July 19, Urban Roots is hosting our 5th Annual Celebration Dinner at the Saint Paul Hotel. New this year will be a live auction. Check out the amazing packages you could bid on and win at our event!

Chef’s Table at Heartland Restaurant & Wine Bar (Party of 6)
Estimated Value: $2,000


The Chef’s Table experience includes a table outside the kitchen, a dedicated server as well as the presentation of each course by the Chef. An in depth behind the scenes tour of the facilities is given prior to the meal. The menu is custom designed, and wines are paired with each course (or pairings with beer, cocktails or nonalcoholic cocktails). The details of the menu and the scope of it are predicated by budget, personal preference and dietary concerns and constraints. Diners are not made aware of the actual menu, but are instead greeted with it when they arrive. The anticipation and surprise are part of the experience…Read More

Outward Bound Canoe Trip (Party of 12)
Estimated Value: $1,300


Voyage with your canoe through lakes and portage trails in pristine wilderness areas. Learn to read the river with skill and intimacy and take your turn paddling your canoe. Custom group canoe trips are designed specifically for your group. The wildnerness is our classroom and experience is our teacher. We will work with you to design course learning objectives and logistics. Plan a canoe trip for up to 12 participants for Fall 2015…Read More

Wine Region Escape in Sonoma, CA
Estimated Value: $5,000

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

Gorgeous scenery 

and premier luxury surround you in Sonoma, California for 5 days and 4 nights at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa with Economy Class air for two. The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa sits in the idyllic California’s renowned wine country, replete with an abundance of nearby wineries, epicurean delights, and breathtaking scenery. For hundreds of years, ancient thermal mineral waters have graced this site. Today, the resort is proud to be one of the only luxury Spa resorts in the country with its own source of thermal mineral water. All guests may partake in daily complimentary hike and bike adventures. Your trip for two includes: Round 

trip economy class air, 5 days/4 nights accommodations in King or Queen room, daily complimentary breakfast, all room-related taxes, daily complimentary wine tastings in hotel lobby, complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival, free concierge reservation service… Read More
Savor New York City Food Tour
Estimated Value: $4,000

South Street Seaport, NY

Explore Manhattan’s history through its food in New York, New York for 4 days and 3 nights at the Grand Hyatt New York including your choice of one food tour. Come along with expert guides to explore the delicious foods and beverages in Manhattan’s most interesting neighborhoods. The historic East Village neighborhood is known for its rich culture, from art and fashion to music and politics, and very importantly, for its food! You won’t be able to get enough of the authentic NY pizza and hot dogs, homemade Ukrainian pierogies and soup, deli sandwiches, egg creams, Chinese dumplings and ice cream. The Lower East Side, one of the oldest, yet trendiest, neighborhoods in Manhattan boasts a rich immigrant history, and a menu to compliment it with authentic Neapolitan pizza, bialys, pickles, knishes, Greek spinach pie and souvlaki, gourmet chocolates and donuts. The eclectic neighborhood of NoLita, adjacent to Little Italy, is home to the Italian immigrants who came to America at the end of the 19th century. These streets house the oldest pizzeria in the U.S., the old police headquarters and DiPalo Fine Foods. Savor Italian cheeses and meats, Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches, delicious French quiche, Mexican yucca fries, Spanish tapas, handmade candy and NY style cheesecake while you learn about mafia history! Your trip for two includes: Round trip Economy Class air for two, 4 days/3 nights, all room-related taxes, free concierge reservation service and your choice of a New York City Food Tour (Flavors of New York or Lower East Side Artisian Tour or NoLita: Eat a Bite of Ethic New York)… Read More

Mario Andretti Racing Experience for Two
Estimated Value: $Priceless

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Get ready to bridge the gap between fantasy and reality with the Mario Andretti Racing Experience. The “world’s fastest driving experience” offers full-size Indy-style race cars similar to the race cars driven by Mario himself, and puts you in the driver’s seat! With no lead car to follow and two-way car radio communication with your personal spotter, it’s just you, the car and the speedway! Your choice of Arizona, Illinois, New Hampshire or North Carolina for 3 days and 2 nights with a Mario Andretti Racing Experience and accommodations at a Fairmont, Marriott, Hyatt or similar property. Your trip for two includes: 3 days/2 nights, all room-related taxes, free concierge reservation service, one 3-hour Mario Andretti racing experience; including a driver’s meeting with the crew chief, in car 2-way radio and personal racing instructors (per person) with a souvenir racing license and graduate certificate…Read More


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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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Drip Irrigation in Our Urban Gardens

Have you been by to see the spectacular transformation the Dayton’s Bluff Youth Garden has undergone this season? If you pass the corner of 3rd and Maria in East Side Saint Paul, you will notice our switch to production beds in order to maximize growing space — and it looks great!

With the help of a Mill City Farmers Market grant, we were able to install drip irrigation systems at both the Dayton’s Bluff Youth Garden as well as the Urban Roots home gardens. Drip irrigation is the most efficient watering system, requiring about half as much water as overhead sprinklers. Through a series of tubes and black “tape” with slits every foot that will be in place fort the season, the crops are watered by a slow drip. Thus the water soaks directly into the beds with no runoff and minimal evaporation.

With our youth intern summer session kick-off this week, we are excited to have drip irrigation implemented! The youth interns in our Market Garden Program will be able to learn about watering produce the way most organic production farms irrigate their vegetables.

Check out the happily watered vegetables in our gardens!
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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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