Urban Roots has three programs: our Garden Program, Conservation Program and Nutrition/Cooking and Wellness Program. Each program contains three components: youth internships (ages 14-18 residing or attending school on Saint Paul’s East Side), education for our community and action projects that engage youth in improving the community’s health and environment.
YOUTH INTERNSHIP >> Garden Corps youth interns plant, maintain and harvest six vegetable gardens, run a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, operate a Farmers’ Market stand, sell produce to local restaurants, create and sell products, donate to local food shelves and more.
EDUCATION >> Youth interns and staff welcome youth groups and adults for fun, hands-on learning projects in our gardens. Contact us to set up a free garden class.
ACTION PROJECTS >> Sign up to participate in our CSA, find us at a local farmer’s market or at the Roots for the Home Team stand at Target Field or volunteer to help work in our gardens.
Read past issues of our CSA newsletter: Hot off the Pepper Press.
YOUTH INTERNSHIP >> Conservation Corps youth interns install and maintain rain gardens, renovate local parks including the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, create streetscapes, remove invasive species and more.
EDUCATION >> Youth interns and staff teach hands-on classes to promote environmental awareness in elementary-aged children and middle school youth. Contact us to schedule a free environmental class.
ACTION PROJECTS >> Sign up to receive a rain garden on your Saint Paul property or contact us to visit some of the natural areas our youth interns have restored.
Cooking/Nutrition and Wellness Program
YOUTH INTERNSHIP >> Nutrition Corps youth interns teach hands-on cooking and nutrition classes where they share what they have learned about making healthy food choices, reading and developing recipes and preparing tasty and healthy affordable meals and more.
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ACTION PROJECTS >> Sign up your class or community group to host a nutrition/cooking class or join the East Side Food and Wellness Hub!
If you would like to learn more about our programs, schedule a class, volunteer or sign up to receive our publications, please contact us at (651) 228-7073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.