Cultivating youth

growing vibrant communities

Youth Internship

Urban Roots offers youth ages 14-21 from Saint Paul’s East Side paid internships in our three program areas: Market Garden, Conservation and Cooking & Wellness. Our progressive program model engages youth in career exploration, entrepreneurial ventures, 21st Century job skills, self-discovery and more!

Market Garden Program

Market Garden youth interns plant, maintain, and harvest small-scale crop production within our urban gardens. We promote entrepreneurship by teaching youth interns to manage gardens and crops for distribution to community supported agriculture (CSA), Farmers Market, Roots for the Home Team, food shelves, restaurants and small-batch food preservation for seasonal sales.  Program participants are also involved in creating sales and marketing materials for the Farmer’s Market and other retail outlets.

Read weekly CSA newsletter: Hot off the Pepper Press.

Conservation Program

Conservation youth interns support and improve green spaces around the East Side, and participate in the restoration of local parks through removal of invasive plant material, native seed collection and installation of native plants. We teach hands-on skills through the installation and maintainance of rain and pollinator gardens in public and private spaces. Youth also engage in citizen science projects, such as insect surveys, water sampling, and forest inventories.

Learning conservation sparks a life-long awareness of the world around us, as well as opening new possibilities for career choices in the future.

Cooking & Wellness Program

Youth interns learn about the food we grow and how to prepare it fresh from the garden. Youth also create seed-to-table meals for chef-lead lunches for summer programming, create healthy recipes for affordable meals, and help teach youth and family cooking classes. Teaching scalable cooking and creating value-added products from our own garden harvest for markets such as chutneys, salsas, and sauces, provide participants with entrepreneurial opportunities.



Connect With Us

Group Tours.  Let us show you what we do! Tour our multiple urban market gardens, park restoration sites and our office demonstration site, which features a commercial kitchen, gardens (showcasing organic growing methods), a small orchard and berry plot, a pollinator garden and Pollinate MN boney bee hive

Seasonal Events and Workshops.  Follow our website and social media to be the first to know about exciting events and workshops, such as our Youth Open House, cooking classes and more.

Service Learning Opportunities.  Become a part of the Urban Roots team while furthering your knowledge of food, conservation and youth development.

Volunteering.  Garden group volunteering is great for corporate groups, organizations, school groups and civic groups. We’ll work with you to create a custom event for your group. We also welcome involvement in one of our many active committees.

 For more information, contact us at 651.228.7073 or