Month: December 2013

Career Profile: Landscape Architect

What does a Landscape Architect do?
Landscape architects plan and design land areas for parks, gardens, recreational facilities, highways and airports. This includes environmental restoration, town and urban planning, park and recreation planning, regional planning and historical preservation. Projects may take place at commercial, industrial, government and residential sites.

What type of schooling do you need to become a Landscape Architect?
Becoming a landscape architect requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school. A master’s degree can sometimes be helpful. Most landscape architects must gain skills and experience through multi-year internships with professionals in the field. Landscape architects must also pass an exam called the L.A.R.E. (Landscape Architect Registration Examination) to obtain a license to practice landscape architecture as certified professionals.

What types of skills are best suited to becoming a Landscape Architect?
Landscape architects should have an appreciation for nature, a creative flair and a passion for hands-on work. They should also have strong writing and researching skills and an affinity for engineering and environmental sciences. All of these skills will be useful for mastering the art and science of the analysis, planning, design, management, preservation and rehabilitation of land.

What is the job outlook for Landscape Architects?
The median pay for landscape architects is $62,000 per year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statics, employment of landscape architects is projected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Planning and development of new construction and redevelopment of existing buildings will drive employment growth. Many employers prefer to hire entry-level landscape architects who have internship experience, which significantly reduces the amount of on-the-job training required.

Many landscape architects can also find related careers such as landscape supervisors, landscape designers or consultants, drafters, environmental planners or golf course designers.

Information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Princeton Review.

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Youth Intern "Iron Chef" Competition

As a fun end-of-session activity, the Nutrition Corps held an “Iron Chef” competition. The group split into two teams: Tehut and Va versus Imogene and KZP.

The teams had one hour to decide on recipes, cook the recipe and plate the dish. They had access to anything from the Nutrition Corps refrigerator or pantry and were additionally required to use two produce items.

To keep in the theme of Iron Chef, halfway into their cooking time they were given a new ingredient that both teams had to incorporate. The secret ingredient? Maple syrup!

The dishes were presented to the judges, Rebecca and Summer. Judging was based on three criteria –taste, creativity, and presentation. Tehut and Va made a veggie spring roll with a soy sauce and maple syrup sauce. Imogene and KZP made a spicy couscous with a pineapple pickled beet salad.

After the judges awarded points, Tehut and Va won in a narrow margin victory. What a fun afternoon!

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Guest Post from our HECUA Intern

The following is a guest post from the Urban Roots HECUA intern. We wish her well in her future endeavors!

Hi! My name is Ratih Sutrisno, and I have been the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) intern at Urban Roots this past semester.

I am currently a sophomore at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, majoring in Environmental Science, Policy and Management, with a focus on Environmental Education and Communication and a minor in French. I have taken a semester away from the normal college class setting to partake in the Environmental Sustainability program of HECUA, which is an immersive, community-based off-campus study program. As part of the curriculum of the program, I have been interning at Urban Roots with the Garden Program under the supervision of Summer Badawi.

Some of my learning objectives at Urban Roots have been focused on sustainable agriculture, youth development and community outreach. I especially enjoyed getting my hands dirty working with the produce in the gardens during the growing season. I also cherished the experience of working alongside the youth interns contributing to the local economy, vending at the Mill City Farmers Market over the course of the semester.

A project that I have been focusing on lately is a compost plan for Urban Roots. The goal of the project is to help our compost bins decompose in a more effective manner so the end-product-compost could be utilized in the gardens. It is very exciting for me to see the pieces of this project come together as we connect with local food shelves about utilizing their food waste in our compost bins.

Overall, it has been a whirlwind of a semester. I feel very fortunate to have had the experience of interning at Urban Roots. My interest in local food systems has definitely sparked as a result of my time here. This upcoming semester I will be going back to taking full-time courses at UMN, but I look forward to following the Urban Roots staff and interns as they continue on their missions!

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Urban Roots Products for Sale

The products listed below were made by teens with produce from our sustainably managed gardens on the East Side of Saint Paul.

Garden Goodies
Salsa Verde made from roasted tomatillos
8 oz: $6.00 / 16 oz: $10.00

Green Tomato Chutney
8 oz: $8.00 / 16 oz: $12.00

Ground Cherry Jam
8 oz: $6.00

Pickled Beets
16 oz: $6.00

Thyme-infused White Wine Vinegar

Packaged Dried Herbs (several kinds available)

Holiday Greeting Cards
Hand-printed holiday cards were block printed by teens who love their vegetables. Because each card is handmade, they may look slightly different than those pictured, and each will have its own flavor!

Individual card
Set of three cards (3)
Set of five cards (5)

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Urban Roots Apparel
Urban Brown T-shirts with khaki-colored imprint available in men’s and women’s sizes.

Men’s cut (S, M, L, XL) – limited quantity


Women’s cut (S, M, L, XL) – limited quantity


To order any of the products listed, please email Summer Badawi or call 651-228-7073. You can also purchase items in person at our office located at 731 East 7th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106.

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Holiday Sale: Youth-Grown Products

This holiday season, consider supporting local youth with your gift giving with our Youth-Grown Products Sale.

Tuesday, December 10
3:30-6:30 p.m.
731 E 7th Street, Suite 100, St. Paul

Our youth interns are selling handmade goods such as:

* Hand-printed holiday greeting cards (single or sets)
* Salsa Verde
* Green Tomato Chutney
* Ground Cherry Jam
* Pickled Beets
* Herb infused vinegars
* Packaged dried herbs (several kinds)
* Honey (from Bare Honey)

Stop by our sale to peruse our products. Our new Urban Roots T-shirts will also be available. We’ll provide holiday tunes, warm drinks, treats and good cheer!

Please bring cash or check for product purchases. You can also visit us at the Winter Farmer’s Market on December 14 inside the Mill City Museum.

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Now Hiring: Conservation Program Manager

Posted December 2, 2013

Urban Roots Conservation Program Manager
Urban Roots (formerly Community Design Center of Minnesota) seeks a full-time Conservation Program Manager to lead our education and training programs in habitat restoration, water quality improvement, environmental learning and youth development. The position is part of a dynamic work environment in which a small staff collaborates to help St. Paul youth and families develop skills related to ecological stewardship, entrepreneurship, agriculture, healthy eating and community service through work projects that improve the community’s health and environment.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Leading our year-round Conservation Corps youth internship program for youth ages 14-18
• Assisting with the recruitment and hiring of youth interns
• Ensuring that youth are fully engaged in training, working and learning together
• Managing youth in environmental projects (primarily habitat restoration and rain gardens)
• Facilitating peer-led environmental learning for youth and families
• Fostering 21st Century skill development and personal development for participating youth
• Overseeing youth intern time sheets- verify hours, attendance and performance
• Supervising seasonal staff
• Coordinating volunteers
• Program evaluation and reporting

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with and a passion for working with youth
• Project management experience specifically relating to rain garden installation and maintenance
and habitat restoration including invasive species removal and other projects that restore natural
habitats and improve public spaces
• Experience teaching, developing lesson plans and coordinating education programs
• Self-motivated, team-oriented, creative and organized
• Experience working with community partners in collaborative efforts and programs.
• Enjoys working outside
• Valid driver’s license
• Willingness to obtain First Aid and CPR certification if not currently certified
• Bachelor or Masters degree in related field
• Supervisory experience
• At least 5 years of related experience
• Availability to work some evenings and weekends

Urban Roots is a 44-year-old non-profit organization with a mission to build vibrant, healthy communities through food, conservation and youth development. We operate food and ecology programs that place the tools of personal and community development in the hands of young people and families.

To apply: Please send a cover letter with salary requirements, resume and contact information for three references by December 13th to: Please write Conservation Program Manager in subject line. Urban Roots, Hiring Committee, 731 E. 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55106.

Application review will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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