Month: August 2015

Calling for Fall Garden Volunteers

After a whirlwind summer with 58 teen interns for 10 weeks, Urban Roots staff was left to reflect and reminisce in the quiet over what a fun-filled summer we had!

With the academic session on its way, the Market Garden Program still has four fall CSA weeks left and will be selling produce on Saturdays from 8am – 1pm at the Mill City Farmers Market in September and October.

Needless to say, there is plenty of work to be done and fun to be had at our six urban gardens scattered around the East Side. After autumn peaks, the tomatoes are harvested, potatoes are dug, squash are picked, and our vegetable gardens will need some TLC before the winter! Fall tasks for large groups include taking down trellises, tearing out beds, seeding cover crop, spreading manure, and weeding one last time before the frost. We would also love individuals to help with canning. We welcome any volunteer teams who want to get their hands dirty or individuals looking to process produce! If you’re interested contact or call the office (651)-228-7073.

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Now Recruiting Board Members

The Board of Directors of Urban Roots is currently seeking individuals to join our group of dedicated professionals working to fulfill Urban Roots’ mission.

Urban Roots is a youth development organization located in East Side Saint Paul with the mission to build vibrant and healthy communities through youth development, food, conservation and entrepreneurship. Our vision is for youth to learn, contribute, navigate and thrive by leading and innovating around food, conservation, wellness and entrepreneurship all through engaging and connecting with their community. We prepare youth for their own future prosperities. We operate three main programs; Market Garden, Cooking and Wellness, and Conservation, and employ 60 teens each year in these programs.

Prospective board members exhibit essential qualities of a commitment to our purpose, financial stewardship and active leadership. Our expectations for board members include:

*Fulfillment of three year Board term.
*Regular participation in Board meetings and committee work, approximately 10-12 times per year (approximately 8-12 hours per month).
*Participation in fundraising.
*Advocacy on behalf of the organization; promoting it’s efforts, building networks and making connections to resources wherever possible.

If interested, please complete an application by including:

*Your contact information (email and telephone)
*Your resume, bio or CV
*A cover letter addressing these three questions:

1. Can you responsibly commit to meeting the term and expected work load requirements?
2. Why are you interested in serving on this particular board?
3. What professional or volunteer experience, including having served on a board or governing committee, uniquely qualifies you to serve on the board?

Please email the application to by September 4, 2015. A member of the Board will follow-up with applicants by mid-September.


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Join Us in the Garden

Come join us at the Swede Hollow Cafe on Wednesday, August 12 for a seasonal, youth-grown lunch special and garden tour! Our lunch special will be featured until sold out, and our Market Garden Youth Interns will be giving short garden tours between 11:30am and 12:30pm. It’s going to be a delicious way to learn more about Urban Roots!

Swede Hollow Cafe
725 Seventh St E.
St Paul, MN 55106
(651) 776-8810


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