Month: March 2017

Get your Peanuts! Popcorn! Salads?

Once again Roots for the Home Team will be bringing fresh, local, and youth-grown salads to the Twins stadium. Early this March, Urban Roots interns teamed up with Roots for the Home Team and some of the Twin Cities’ expert chefs for the annual salad creation session.  Roots for the Home Team Director, Sue Moores, gathered Urban Roots, Appetite for Change, and Urban Ventures youth and their food narratives and recipe ideas for a testing and refinement session at St. Paul College.  “Every dish has a narrative,” noted Union Kitchen founder, Yia Vang.  It was up to youth participants to create that narrative by bringing their stories, foods we grow, and favorite flavors together.  This year, youth created three amazing salads that will be for sale at the Twins and Gopher Stadiums this summer: “Ode to MN,” “East Side Pad Thai,” and “Home Run Super Crunch.”

“East Side Pad Thai” is a fresh, crunchy twist to the classic comfort-food noodle dish developed with Yia Vang of Union Kitchen.  The dish is a gorgeous, savory combo of veggies: sugar snap peas, matchstick carrots, baby bok choi, and red cabbage, drizzled with a Pad Thai sesame oil dressing and finished with a sprinkle of cilantro.

“Ode to MN” features all MN grown veggies, raw and finely chopped, mixed with MN barley.  It is dressed with a gorgeous pink, sweet and tangy cranberry vinaigrette and topped with salty sesame seeds.  Target Field’s own chef, Paul Johnson, coached the youth through this recipe creation.

“Home Run Super Crunch” incorporates the signature pickling methods of Chef Shack’s Lisa Carlson and Carrie Summer, with Urban Roots’ home-grown kohlrabi, cherry tomatoes, carrots, cabbage, mint, and green onions, arriving at a tangy, savory, crunchy dish topped with toasted pecans.  Make sure to visit us on the weekends at Target Field this summer (see our calendar for game dates) and enjoy a tasty, fresh salad!

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Cooking Fresh with Nicole Chimbetete (U of M Masters of Public Health Student)

Nicole is a graduate student at the University Minnesota in the Masters Public Health Nutrition program through the School of Public Health. With hopes of being a Registered Dietitian after graduation, she aims to work collaboratively with those in under-served and underrepresented communities. Nicole is currently an intern for the Cook Fresh Program where she is teaching our Urban Roots youth about nutrition, culinary practices and food safety. As an added twist, she is integrating cultural sensitivity to the cooking skills with culturally-oriented recipes.  Each recipe and cooking theme feature new and unique ingredients that inspire the youth to expand their taste experiences and cooking boundaries. Most of these ingredients include vegetables grown right here at Urban Roots, such as radishes, peppers and cilantro. After cooking, youth gather around the table to share and taste what they made, providing a hands-on, rewarding experience!

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Go Green and volunteer with Urban Roots!

‘Tis the season to sign up to volunteer! Our volunteer program now offers three different types of experiences, each available in the Market Garden or Conservation Program.  You can now sign up online at to volunteer through one or more of the following options:

  1. Individual Shifts- Wednesday mornings in April and May are now open for individuals to sign up, get their hands dirty, and become regular volunteers with Urban Roots!  Earn a free T-shirt after volunteering for 3 shifts!  Saturday April 22nd and May 13th are special weekend events open to individuals, more details on this below.

  2. Group Shifts- Group volunteer shifts are great for businesses, organizations, or school groups, with a minimum sign-up of 8 participants.  Check out the available shifts and sign-up on our website calendar.

  3. Corporate Team-Building Experience-  New in 2017!  We now offer an exclusive team-building and community service experience to your workplace or corporate group. We will work directly with you to tailor the experience to your needs. The day begins with coffee and scones in the gardens, a garden or park tour, followed by team building and volunteer work experience. We provide a space for picnicking afterward or can connect you with lunch options.  See our website for pricing.


Volunteer on Earth Day, April 22nd: 9am-1pm

Urban Roots is teaming up with CLUES- Communidades Latinos Unidas en Servicio, a linguistically and culturally relevant non-profit providing resources to empower Latino families, to put on a grand Earth Day event!  Their youth program, “YA,” Youth in Action, and our Youth Council are working together to plan the day.  Come to get your hands in the dirt (with our Market Garden Program) or clean-up Swede Hollow Park (with our Conservation Program) and then rendezvous at the end for a picnic and plant a tomato seedling to bring home!  Sign up and check for updates on our website.

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