Month: January 2015

Winter Market on February 14

Enjoy a stroll through the Mill City Museum on Valentine’s Day (February 14) and join our youth interns at the Mill City Winter Market.  Our booth will be set-up from 11am to 1pm. Check out our sustainable, local products for sale — one just may be the perfect gift for your sweetheart!

Great youth-made items available:
Apple Butter
Green Tomato Chutney
Packaged dried herbs (assortment of herbs available)

We hope to see you there!

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Parade-style Puppets for Phalen Freeze Fest

Urban Roots is collaborating with St. Paul Parks and Recreation to create parade-style puppets for the Phalen Freeze Fest. This festival is to be held outdoors at Lake Phalen on the evening of Saturday, February 7. Freeze Fest is a celebration of the Ojibwe legend of Shingebiss, a determined duck who refuses to be defeated by the Winter Maker.

Interns worked with younger children at a workshop held at the Hancock Recreation Center helping design paper-mâché masks of hibernating animals, while beginning construction of a full body costume of the event’s star character, Shingebiss. The puppet workshops are building excitement for the Freeze Fest event, where Shingebiss’s story will be acted out with all the puppets. A variety of fun winter activities will also be offered (based on Shingebiss’ actions in the story) including ice fishing, snow cave building, snowshoeing and cooking food over a fire.

We hope to see you there!








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Now Hiring: Market Garden Program Supervisor

Posted January 16, 2015

Market Garden Program Supervisor
Seasonal position
Urban Roots, Saint Paul, MN

Position Description:
Urban Roots, a 46-year-old nonprofit organization, seeks a full-time, seasonal, dedicated person to provide hands-on gardening education, training and management of teenage interns, school children, and volunteers as part of its Market Garden Youth Internship program. The program engages youth in sustainable urban agriculture through the growing and marketing of fresh organic produce, flowers, herbs, and other products. Youth interns develop work and life skills, explore careers, learn about crop production, entrepreneurship and nutrition, and practice environmental stewardship.

The Market Garden Program Supervisor works under the direction of the Market Garden Program Manager for the successful operation of urban food production sites and the goals and activities of the Market Garden Program. This involves working independently and in collaboration with the Market Garden Program Manager for the following responsibilities:

• Assisting with garden prep, planting and maintenance of vegetable, herb and flower crop production spring through fall
• Providing daily supervision, training and crew management of teenage interns in garden work, Community Supported Agriculture operations, education and other garden related projects
• Providing hands-on garden education for youth interns & school-aged youth
• Shared oversight of evening CSA pickups, newsletter production, program events, farmers market stand and weekend/holiday watering duties
• Assisting with information management; garden & youth related data, sales & distribution tracking and program evaluation

This position runs mid-April to mid-October. Full time hours (40/week) required from mid-April to mid-October, with a desired start date of April 13th. This position requires flexibility with some rotating weekend, holiday and evening hours.

Qualifications/Desired Experience:
• Experience with sustainable food production focused on urban gardening or agriculture
• Experience teaching, supervising and mentoring youth and volunteers
• Experience prepping and selling produce through a CSA program or farmers market
• Ability to lift 40 lbs. on a regular basis
• Valid Driver’s License for transportation of crews to work sites
• Must pass criminal background check
• Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds
• Minimum of 2 years college coursework, related coursework preferred
• Enthusiastic, creative, flexible and committed

Compensation: $13/hour

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 work references. No phone calls please.

Market Garden Program Supervisor
Urban Roots, 463 Maria Ave, Ste. 207, St Paul, MN 55106
Fax: 651-228-7075 (write “Market Garden Program Supervisor” in subject line)

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Food and Nutrition Commission & Urban Roots

We are excited to announce our Cooking and Wellness Program Manager, Rebecca Mino, was appointed to the St. Paul/Ramsey County Food and Nutrition Commission on December 17.

Rebecca was appointed by the City Council along with two other new members and will have a two-year term. The Food and Nutrition Commission is a forum for public and private stakeholders to assess how local food systems are operating and suggest policies, share information and plan for increased access to safe, affordable and nutritious foods.

The Commission was started in 2010 and meets the first Monday of each month. The meetings are open to anyone who is interested in attending. A few examples of recent and current projects of the Commission include supporting pollinator populations, working to change the Minnesota Seed Law and addressing local land use issues. We look forward to continuing to grow our involvement in addressing local and state food issues through Rebecca’s work with the Commission.

Learn more about the Food and Nutrition Commission or follow them on Facebook.

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Video & Media Links

Urban Roots mentions in the news in 2014:


January 22, 2014: Healthy, wealthy and wise: America’s fittest city is…


April 2, 2014: (Roots for the Home Team mention) Grazing On Target Field’s New Grub

Star Tribune

June 4, 2014: What’s cooking: Twins fare, cooking contests, WWI

July 20, 2014: Twin Cities teens’ locavore salads are a hit with All-Star Game crowd

WCCO, CBS Minnesota

June 5, 2014: ‘Roots For The Home Team’ Teaches Gardening, Business To Youth

Kare 11

June 28, 2014: Local youth serve up fresh fare at Target Field

Market Medley, Mississippi Market Member Newsletter

June-July 2014: At Bat: Our New Partnership with Roots for the Home Team

Environmental science and community service at the University of St. Thomas (MN)

July 9, 2014: Urban Roots helps the University of St. Thomas

LISC Community Transformations

August 2014: Summer in the City: Youth learn and thrive

Mill City Times

November 2014: Scenes from the November 22 Mill City Farmers Market

December 2014: Scenes from the November 22 Mill City Farmers Market

AgriBank Annual Report

2014: Minneapolis-St. Paul Charitable Giving, Urban Roots Highlight


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