Month: March 2015

Volunteer at our Earth Day Garden Celebration

Volunteer in our gardens in celebration of Earth Day!

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015, 9am-1pm
Address: First Covenant Church, 1280 Arcade St, St. Paul (garden in back lot)

Join Urban Roots staff and youth interns at one of our East Side Saint Paul garden sites to prep beds and get some spring vegetable planting done. We will provide water, gloves, tools, a healthy, tasty snack and hands-on engagement in one of our urban production sites.

Contact with questions or to RSVP. Check out the photos from last year’s successful Earth Day Planting Event.

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Youth Intern Cooking Competition

This week our Cooking Crew celebrated the end of another successful academic session. After a session of teaching cooking and wellness classes to the community, we ended our season with a cooking competition. The challenge? To make the tastiest and most unique fruit pizza. The youth interns rose to the occasion!

Using many different types of fruit (and having some serious fun with food coloring), our interns created some beautiful and delicious fruit pizzas. One team created a colorful underwater scene complete with a shark with fangs. The competing team opted for a festive Easter design.

The judges were divided on a winner because each group did different things really well. Ultimately, everyone decided it didn’t matter who won because everything was delicious and looked amazing. Plus, we were all reminded that fruit pizza is a fun way to incorporate more fruit into your diet!


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Youth Interns to Receive Second Public Award

We are proud to announce our Urban Roots Youth Interns were nominated and selected to receive the 2015 Ramsey County Public Health Award for their advocacy, leadership and collaboration in bettering the health of Ramsey County through community cooking classes, gardening and our local CSA. The Ramsey County Public Health Awards honor individuals and groups who devote their time, energy and talents to improve the public health of individuals, families and communities in Ramsey County. Our youth will receive this honor at the awards ceremony with three other awardees in April.

This is the second public award our amazing youth interns have received in recent months. This winter, our youth interns were selected as the recipients of the 2014 Young Watershed Stewards award from Capitol Region Watershed District. Our youth received this award based on their incredible work restoring natural areas and installing rain gardens that improve water quality.

The youth working in our paid internship programs all live or attend school in East Side Saint Paul and are between 14 and 18 years of age. It’s an honor to work with such talented, diverse members of our community.

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Food for Thought:
 Film & Discussion Series

Our youth interns are joining leaders and community members in the local food movement for an exciting exploration of the food revolution through films and food. These events are offered in partnership with Urban Roots, Urban Oasis, First Lutheran Church, Heavenly Day Cafe and the Women’s Environmental Institute. Homemade soup and bread will be served! The cost to attend is $5 per evening.

Tuesday, April 7 – Fed Up (6:00 – 8:30 PM)

You are what you eat. Why are American’s sicker and heavier than ever before? Narrated by Katie Couric, the film Fed Up uncovers why, despite media attention, the public’s fascination with appearance, and government policies to combat childhood obesity-generations of American children will now live shorter lives than their parents did.

After the film, interact with our youth interns and community members in a lively discussion of the film. Please RSVP through Community Education.

Tuesday, April 21 – Growing Twin Cities (6:00 – 8:30 PM)

Twin Cities’ restaurants and organizations alike have a growing commitment to the farm-to-table movement, not only because the food is better, it can be a powerful economic engine in our communities. The film Growing Cities will be the foundation for an exciting conversation with a panel of local farmers, food preparers, and organizations on the forefront of this effort.

After the film join a panel of East Side Urban Growers for a lively discussion of the film. Please RSVP through Community Education.

Films will be shown at First Lutheran Church, 463 Maria Avenue in Saint Paul.

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Summer Events & Marketing Intern

Apply for a meaningful summer internship working on an exciting annual fundraising event!

Location: East Side Saint Paul
Closing Date: May 1, 2015
Job Type: Intern, unpaid/eligible for college credit
Hours: 8 hours per week for approximately 13 weeks

Our Annual Fundraising Dinner: For four years now, Urban Roots has held a fun and lively fundraising dinner to raise money for our youth programs, spread awareness about our work and the youths’ successes, and celebrate our community. Last year’s fundraising event, focused on local food, was held at the Saint Paul Hotel on a Sunday evening in August and had around 120 attendees. The event included various speakers, special guest speaker, dinner and a silent auction.

Your Role: Working under the supervision of the Communications Manager and the Program Director, the intern will be involved in the planning, execution and follow-up pertaining to the 2015 event, along with other general marketing and communications work for Urban Roots.

In coordination with the Communications Manager, this position will be responsible for:

• Execution of communications timeline • Assisting with event invitation mailing, RSVPs, table seating • Assisting with mass email creation to market the event • Event marketing via social media • Blog posts about Urban Roots’ activities • Silent Auction item collection, organization and display • Creating and training others in online payment system • Venue set-up day-of event • Thank you follow-up to attendees and donors

This internship is very valuable to those seeking practical experience in marketing, communications, events, fundraising and nonprofits operations. Urban Roots will provide professional references upon successful completion of the internship.

Preferred skills are experience with event planning, fundraising, social media and marketing. Required skills are communications skills (written and verbal), attention to detail and a willingness to help out where needed. Must have working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel and readiness to learn aspects of other computer programs such as WordPress and Constant Contact.

This is an unpaid internship with flexible start and end date, eligible for college credit upon college approval.

Total time requirement: 8 hrs/week for approximately 13 weeks • Project Start date: June 1, 2015 approximately • Project completion date: August 28, 2015 approximately • Days of the week: flexible, must include Monday-Friday • Time of the day: flexible, must be available some of the time between 8am and 4pm (afternoons preferred) •

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to

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