Month: April 2015

Gardening with the East Side Community

Who managed to overhaul two gardens in three days? You did! With an outpouring of support from our own Saint Paul East Side, we were able to transform our urban garden sites at both First Covenant and Dayton’s Bluff Youth Garden! We have doubled production space at each site to bring more delicious veggies to the community.

We had great support from volunteers on both weekends — without them this wouldn’t have been possible! We had representatives from:

Dayton’s Bluff Community Council
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Urban Roots alumni
Macalester college students
Normandale college students
Urban Roots CSA members
Urban Oasis
U of M Service Learning
Community members from the neighborhood
Urban roots youth interns & staff

Our volunteers received a delicious pizza lunch served up by Dayton’s Bluff resident, Barry Madrone, from his wood fired pizza trailer from Fire on the Bluff.

The fence at Dayton’s Bluff Youth Garden is being built by a group of carpenter apprentices from the carpenter’s union in the coming week and we are so excited to partner with them on this opportunity!

We look forward to planting at Dayton’s Bluff Youth Garden after construction with youth from Dayton’s Bluff Elementary and volunteers from AgriBank and Genysys Works.
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Spring Planting Day Volunteers Needed

Join our Urban Roots Market Garden Program Manager and youth interns as we plant over 50 varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers! Currently, we have 2,000 transplants still to plant!

We are eager to get some crops planted. We will provide water, tools, gloves, a light, healthy snack and plenty of fun and learning. If you’re ready to volunteer, contact our Garden Program Manager to RSVP by emailing or calling (651) 228-7073.

Planting Event Details
Date: Saturday, May 16, 9am-1pm
Location: TBD (one of Urban Roots’ garden sites in East Side Saint Paul)

Please note that in case of bad weather, this event will be cancelled.

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Urban Roots Executive Director

The Urban Roots Board of Directors is actively accepting applicants for our Executive Director position. No phone calls, please. Questions can be directed to

The Executive Director of Urban Roots reports to the Board of Directors. The person in this position has overall responsibility for inspiring, visionary leadership of the organization. He or she will promote the mission of Urban Roots and… Read More via Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.

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Community Build at Dayton's Bluff Youth Garden

Join Urban Roots, Dayton’s Bluff Community Council and members of our community for two upcoming volunteer opportunities! Both community build days will take place at the Dayton’s Bluff Youth Garden located on the corner of 3rd and Maria near Phoenix Market in East Side Saint Paul (679 E. 3rd Street).

Garden Build Day on Saturday, April 18
We will provide tools, gloves, water, brick oven pizza for lunch and a variety of work for all ages.

8:30am-12:00pm – Building soil beds
12:00-12:30pm – On site lunch
12:30-3:30pm – Irrigation and clean up

Garden Build Day II on Saturday, April 25
We will provide tools, gloves, water, brick oven pizza for lunch and a variety of work for all ages.

9:00am-12:30pm – Garden prep & building soil beds
12:30-1:00pm – On site lunch

To RSVP, please contact Urban Roots’ Market Garden program by emailing or calling our office at 651-228-7073.

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Native Plants for Dayton’s Bluff Elementary

This spring, youth interns working on the Conservation Crew are collaborating with fifth grade science classes at Dayton’s Bluff Elementary School to renovate a rain garden at their school.

First, the students learned about rain gardens and their purpose. Then, they researched native plants to use in the Dayton’s Bluff rain garden this year.

Using seeds collected by our youth interns this fall, the students helped to plant a variety of native plants that they had researched. It has only been a few weeks, but many of the seeds have sprouted and started to grow. We can’t wait for warmer spring weather so we can all work together to get them in the ground and watch the garden flourish!



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