When a young person plants a garden,

they see how their actions can lead to meaningful rewards.

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.

Garden Program

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.

Learn more about our CSA program or sign up to receive shares!
Read past issues of our CSA newsletter: Hot off the Pepper Press.

Conservation Program

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.
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 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 info@urbanrootsmn.org.