Urban Roots Youth-Run CSA Program!

A healthier community and a healthier you



If you want fresh local produce and believe in our important work in transforming the lives of youth through learning, community action projects, hard work and connections to the environment, then Urban Roots CSA is a great match for you!

The Market Garden Program at Urban Roots teaches youth practical growing skills, entrepreneurship, cooking, healthy living and community building. Under the guidance of our Market Garden Program Manager, youth grow, harvest, wash and distribute thousands of pounds of produce each season from several East Side production sites. All youth in our internship programs are paid to carry out meaningful, engaging work.

For the last 20 years, we have grown high quality vegetables, herbs and flowers. In the 2016 season, the Market Garden Program grew over 10,000 lbs of produce and worked with over 600 youth and 400 volunteers in the field work and production of fresh food. Joining our CSA is a way for our growers and our community members to connect and support a local sustainable food system.  A ‘Community Supported Agriculture’ is a model in which a group of individuals contribute to the shared risks of farming in exchange for a share of the crops or other agricultural products.  We have adapted our model to ensure that we:

• Sell produce at market value
• Include a donation in the cost so that we do not undercut other local commercial growers
• Ensure quality learning and engagement for the youth who make the CSA happen
• Equitably share and distribute excess produce to our youth interns, their families and hunger relief efforts

By becoming an Urban Roots CSA member, you support the work and mission of Urban Roots and directly and significantly  grows opportunities for youth and community members on the East Side of Saint Paul.

Urban Roots members enjoy the benefits:

• Delicious, local, fresh vegetables and herbs grown organically
• Weekly newsletter featuring recipes, crop info and intern stories
• Invitations to all our events and happenings, and opportunities to participate
• Knowing where your food comes from and who is growing it
• Knowing you are supporting much more than growing vegetables

What’s in your share?

The Urban Roots CSA share is designed for people who enjoy local, organically grown produce and would like to support great youth and a great youth organization. The share is a 5/9 bushel share, best designed for an individual, couple, or a family that still enjoys shopping at other markets. The youth grow over 50 varieties of vegetables and herbs, and occasional flowers, for the CSA members during the growing season. Each box will contain at least 6-8 different types of produce with the quantity increasing in size as the season becomes more bountiful. Types of produce in your share may include: lettuce, kale, beets, carrots, beans, tomatoes, garlic, onions, radishes, eggplant, cucumbers, potatoes, peppers, apples, unique salad greens and more! Herbs include: basil, sage, thyme, parsley and more. We grow a great combination of heirloom crops with unique and flavorful qualities and standard hybrid varieties for production, cooking and canning. We practice organic growing methods, use no synthetic chemicals or fertilizers and cultivate the crops with the highest standard of care.

How is the CSA priced?

Our CSA is priced to reflect the fair market value for our organically grown, local produce and the average price of comparable CSA farms. We have an additional donation cost added to our shares to support the enthusiastic youth who work hard to bring members healthy, fresh food every week during the season, together with overall support to the Market Garden Program-including support for the training and educational context of our CSA.

2017 Urban Roots CSA Membership information:

Two Share Options

10 week – Summer Garden Share: June – August: $250.00  

16 week – Extended Garden Share: June – October: $400.00  

$20 a week for a 5/9 bushel-box of local, healthy, youth grown produce and $5 per week as a donation to support the Market Garden paid youth internship program. The donation portion of your share is tax-deductible.

Pick up location will be Wednesdays after 3pm at Mississippi Market, E 7th St store.  You will have until 12pm on Thursday the following day to claim your share.

If you are unable to make a pick up, you can send a friend or family member on your behalf. As part of our mission to serve community members with our programs, shares that are not picked up will be donated to the families of our youth interns and to area hunger relief organizations. You can also notify us ahead of time if you plan on being away and would like us to donate your share.

If you have any questions about the CSA or would like more information, contact the Market Garden Program Manager.


10 week – Summer Garden Share – $250 

$20 a week for local, fresh, youth grown produce and $5 per week as a contribution to support the Market Garden Program.  $50 of your share will be a tax-deductible donation. Click here to purchase a SUMMER SHARE

16 week – Extended Garden Share – $400

$20 a week for local, fresh, youth grown produce and $5 per week as a contribution to support the Market Garden Program.  $80 of your share will be a tax-deductible donation. Click here to purchase an EXTENDED SHARE

Payment options:

• Pay in full when you sign up, $250 Summer Garden Share or $400 Extended Garden Share via Paypal or check

• Pay half when you sign up and the other half by May 1st, two installments of $125 for a Summer Garden Share or two installments of $200 for  an Extended Garden Share


Click here to purchase a SUMMER SHARE

Click here to purchase an EXTENDED SHARE


Send a check by mail with contact info to:

Urban Roots, Attn: CSA Membership

463 Maria Ave, Suite 207, St Paul, MN 55106