Month: November 2015

The harvest continues…Urban Roots 2015-16 Winter Markets

Mill City Farmers Market will be having monthly Indoor Markets every SECOND SATURDAY from November to April, 10 am to 1 pm inside the Mill City Museum! Check out the link for more information:

The market runs through April with rotations of interesting vendors featuring storage crops, meats, cheeses and other artisan goods.  Urban Roots will be selling at the market on these dates:


NOV 2015: 14th & 21st

DEC 2015: 12th & 19th

JAN 2016: 9th

With a very warm fall season and lack of hard frost yet to hit the city we still have plenty of fresh greens like kale and chard along with fresh herbs such as parsley, cilantro & thyme out in our production sites.  We also have a good selection of storage crops such as beets, carrots, turnips, celeriac, watermelon radishes, shallots, leeks and more that we will be selling throughout the season at the market and in our Seasonal Holiday Share, we plan to feature fresh vegetables until we sell out! We will also be selling our limited supply canned goods as we get closer to the holidays, this year we made roasted tomatillo salsa, spiced apple butter and huckleberry jam (bold, delicious jam!).  Come on by the Mill City Farmers Market to stock up on your storage crops and holiday entertaining goods, the Market Garden Crew will be selling at the booth and passing out delicious samples.  We also have a couple Seasonal Holiday Shares still available for purchase:




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Daniel Yang Hits the World Stage!

Daniel has just completed his fourth season with Urban Roots and headed back to St. John’s University, where he is enrolled in a pre-law track, majoring in Political Science and Communication Studies. This summer, Daniel worked as a HarveStar, an Urban Roots Advanced Internship that offers increased opportunity for returning youth, to build leadership skills.

Daniel noted that his experiences at Urban Roots instilled an appreciation of and greater awareness for the environment and for healthy living. Working in the Market Garden Program, he learned that organic farming helps remove carbon from the atmosphere, helping mitigate the effects of climate change. His interest in climate change was further cultivated through a presentation given by Climate Generation during our Career Enrichment Sessions offered weekly during the summer, where he was able to connect his work to the global challenge of climate change. He has continued studying climate change this semester at St. John’s University and is part of a select group of students that will observe and research the United Nations’ negotiations on climate change this December in Paris. In his course application, Daniel wrote about his involvement with Urban Roots to convey his passion for the environment, “Urban Roots was like a gateway for me for learning about climate change.”

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Facilitating group-work, teaching in the community and practicing public speaking while with Urban Roots prepared Daniel well for this course. He plans to attend press conferences in Paris and network with people in media and policy fields. The trip will be Daniel’s first time outside the country. While he expects to feel outside of his comfort zone, he also feels that working in a variety of situations at Urban Roots has prepared him to handle new experiences with greater confidence.

In Paris, leaders from around the globe will make important decisions for the future of the earth. Daniel is excited to be a part of history and represent his university and Urban Roots on the world stage.


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Marketplace of Ideas: Connecting Children to Nature

Conservation Program manager, David Rittenhouse, participated in the Marketplace of Ideas at the St. Paul Leadership Academy. Urban Roots, along with 10 other organizations, met with teams representing 8 different cities from around the country, sharing their successes and strategies for connecting youth with nature. David related how Urban Roots connects 60 teens, and over 2,000 community members each year to the natural world through their work in local parks. Representatives left the discussion feeling charged and excited to explore similar youth programs in their cities. Urban Roots is excited to continue our involvement with the Children’s Nature Network by participating in their Natural Leaders Legacy Camp Regional Leadership Training at Sunray Library early next month. Stay tuned to hear more!

Cities Connecting Children to Nature was sponsored by the National League of Cities and the Children and Nature Network.



P1040698Rain and ghouls couldn’t stop Conservation Crew interns from getting the job done! Interns in our Conservation Program teamed up with interns from the Conservation Corps of MN’s Youth Outdoors interns to plant over 850 native plants at Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary to improve the diversity of flowering species in the sanctuary. The plantings will greatly benefit the thousands of honeybees that moved into 2 hives in the park this summer, as well as the thousands of native pollinators in the area, while providing amazing color throughout the year. This spring, interns will spread native seed in the areas that will receive a prescribed burn. Next time you take a stroll through Bruce Vento and a colorful flower catches your eye, thank an Urban Roots intern!!


Grow Grew Management Plan Update:

Grow Crew Interns recently presented their management plan for the entrance to Willow Brook Park to the DNR Commissioner and his leadership team, along with many of the state’s Regional Directors. The group was energized and encouraged by the work the interns have accomplished so far and are eager to continue to offer support on their work in the future.

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Urban Roots & Cook St Paul Pop Up Dinner, Friday November 20th 5pm-9pm

In 2015, youth growers working in our entrepreneurial-based Market Garden Program, produced over 13,000 pounds of fresh vegetables on urban land on St. Paul’s East Side.  On Friday November 20th, we are teaming up with Cook St Paul for a pop-up dinner to highlight our end of season harvest bounty with some great neighborhood flavor!  The small-plate menu is headed up by Cook Chef Taeyln Lang, who has created an amazing array of dishes featuring gorgeous crops from our gardens. This produce traveled less than one mile to your plate…come by and enjoy fresh, local bites brought to you by Urban Roots and Cook St Paul!


Friday November 20th 5pm-9pm


Warm vegetable salad-carrots, purple potatoes, fennel bulb, watermelon radish, french sorrel yogurt, honey

Roasted beets-citrus, goat cheese, black pepper

Swiss chard- house made guanciale, grains

Roasted butternut soup-almond milk, thyme, gochu oil

Braised short rib-lacinato kale, salsa verde, toasted pepitas

Lemon grass panna cotta-black pepper short bread

Owner of Cook St Paul, Eddie Wu, has tapped into the Pop-Up dinner market with some exciting success, featuring Korean-style street food dinners, Filipino fusion food and other interesting restaurant collaborations. Check out this feature in the Pioneer Press for more info: Cook St Paul Pop Up Dinners We are excited to partner-up for an Urban Roots night and we would LOVE for you to join us! Our Market Garden Manager and interns will be greeting you and serving up tasty plates alongside Cook staff – AND, a portion of the proceeds from your dinner purchases will be DONATED to Urban Roots to support our youth internship program and keep us growing!

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Meet Alero, MN Green Corps member at Urban Roots!

Greetings to the Urban Roots Community!


My name is Alero Moju and I am the MN GreenCorps* Living Green member serving Urban Roots for the next 11 months. As a Living Green member, my focus will be on outreach and community engagement/education within all three of Urban Roots’ programs. I decided to join the Minnesota GreenCorps program because I knew that I would have the opportunity to give back to a community in need. Secondly, it will allow me to gain professional experience within the field of environmental sustainability while furthering my understanding of how people interact with nature.

Having lived in multiple countries and having a multicultural heritage has given me experience working with people from a diverse array of backgrounds, which will better help me serve the East Side community and youth. My experience in coordinating and organizing educational programs at UC Berkeley’s Goldman school of Public Policy will help me better serve Urban Roots’ educational youth development programs throughout the next 11 months. As the year progresses, I look forward to having a meaningful impact on the youth that I serve and the East Saint Paul community as a whole. My goal is to leave this place better than I found it, and hope my work here can make an impact.  I look forward to meeting partners, community members and others interested in our work in the next year of my service here, feel free to contact me or say hello at any upcoming events!

*Minnesota GreenCorps is a statewide program to help preserve and protect Minnesota’s environment while training a new generation of environmental professionals. Funding is provided through a grant from ServeMinnesota and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
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Urban Roots Seasonal Holiday Shares FOR SALE!

Give the gift of the garden or use fresh and local for your holiday entertaining!

Urban Roots YOUTH GROWN seasonal holiday shares available for purchase!

Pick up dates are: Monday November 23rd from 2pm-7pm & Tuesday November 24th from 8am-5pm

Featured items:

 Urban Roots Spiced Apple Butter: 8 oz jar 

Urban Roots Roasted Tomatillo Salsa: 8 oz jar 

Vegetable crops for holiday cooking:

 Turnips 2lbs 

Carrots 2lbs 

Beets 2lbs 

Celeriac 1 head 

Leeks 3 total 

Shallots 2 total

Garlic 1 bulb 

Butternut squash 1 total 

Kale 1 bunch 

Swiss Chard 1 bunch 

Herb Selection: Sage, Thyme, Parsley, Oregano 

*Quantities are listed as average size for share and items are subject to swap in case of weather or availability



Pick up dates: Monday November 23rd from 2pm-7pm & Tuesday November 24th from 8am-5pm at Urban Roots, 463 Maria Ave, St Paul.

*Please look for signage in front of building to locate your share on pick up days
*Limited quantities available and may sell out!



Want to give the gift of fresh seasonal food this holiday season?

DONATE-A-SHARE: Perfect holiday gift for a family, you may purchase a share that will be 100% donated to a family in Dayton’s Bluff!




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