Month: April 2017

Kick Off Spring Fun with Urban Roots!

Get your green thumbs ready to join us this Saturday, April 22nd,  for our annual Earth Day volunteer event! Spring planting is right around the corner, and we need your help! We’ll kick off the day in the gardens by shoveling compost, raking, and planting, and we’ll end the day enjoying a picnic lunch. You’ll be able to plant your own tomato plant to bring home as a reminder of a fulfilling day giving back to our community. RSVP on our website, or email

Join us on Saturday, May 13th  for our Urban Roots Garden Volunteer day! We need help prepping our six urban garden plots for the bountiful summer season. Get your hands dirty raking, weeding, planting, harvesting, and much more. Come have some fun in the gardens with the people who make Urban Roots great, learn a few gardening tricks and enjoy a healthy snack! Sign-up on our website or email for more details.

Kick off your summer on May 20th at the Department of Natural Resource’s Take Aim at Summer Fun event! Take part in a variety of outdoor activities all in one location — all for free! Try archery, canoeing, fishing, geocaching, and a buckthorn art activity. Check out our event page for details, and let’s celebrate the warm summer weather together!

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Welcome Clara and Saba!

We are excited to have Saba Andualem and Clara Lind join the Urban Roots team!

Clara, our Donor Development Manager, is a Luther College graduate with degrees in International Studies, French, and Political Science. During her year abroad in France, she was involved in multiple organic farming programs, where she learned the value of edible landscaping. Her experiences with the sustainability program at Luther inspired her to move down to Kansas City after graduation to run environmental campaigns for The Nature Conservancy, along with various other human rights campaigns. Clara is excited to be living in the Twin Cities, and is even more excited to be a part of Urban Roots! 

Saba, our Cook Fresh Coordinator, is a University of Minnesota, Duluth graduate whose focus and experience has primarily been on food systems. While living in Duluth, she helped start a CSA farm, which fostered cooking classes, weekly zines, lots of produce, and farm tours. After working for two years as the gardener for Common Roots Café, she spent a season farming and cooking her way through New Zealand. She continues her involvement with the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council, consisting of 21 members who work in different sectors of our food chain and community. The Council envisions a vibrant local food system that enhances the health of all residents, protects the earth, increases economic vitality, expands social connectedness, and improves food security. Saba is specifically involved with the local food procurement group and is excited to integrate these topics in with the Cook Fresh curriculum!


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