Cultivating youth

growing vibrant communities

Urban Roots has three programs: our Market Garden Program, Conservation Program and Cooking & 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.

Market Garden Program

YOUTH INTERNSHIP >> Market Garden Crew youth interns plant, maintain and harvest multiple urban garden sites, run a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, operate a farmers market stand, sell produce to local restaurants, create and sell products, use food in our cooking program, distribute produce to youth interns & their families, 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 farmers market or at the Roots for the Home Team stand at Target Field or volunteer to help work in our gardens.

Urban Roots 2015 Garden Share CSA information.
Read weekly CSA newsletter: Hot off the Pepper Press.

Conservation Program

YOUTH INTERNSHIP >> Conservation Crew 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 & Wellness Program

YOUTH INTERNSHIP >> Cooking and Wellness Crew 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.
EDUCATION >> Youth interns and staff teach weekly after-school cooking classes at schools, as well as seasonal youth and family classes at our gardens using freshly harvested produce and at community sites. Staff teach hands-on fourth grade nutrition lessons. Contact us to schedule a class.
ACTION PROJECTS >> Sign up your class or community group to host a 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