Milkshakes, Brews, and Gumbo… oh my!

 

 

There must be love in the air, because our amazing community is sharing a lot of it with Urban Roots this month. There are three fun events still to come in February that benefit Urban Roots! Whether your pleasure is milkshakes or gumbo — there’s something for everyone.

Beer & Hymns ATX – Mardi Gras!
Tuesday, February 13th, 7pm-9pm

Farmhouse Delivery’s 6th Annual Fais Do-Do and Gumbo Cook Off
Saturday, February 24th, 1pm-5pm
* We are seeking a few hands-on volunteers willing to pitch in at this event. We’ll thank you in gumbo! Please email volunteer@urbanrootsatx.org if you’re interested.

Prohibition Creamery’s Bartender Milkshake Takeover!
Tuesday, February 27th, 7pm-12am

Check out each link to the event pages for additional information. We hope to see you there!

P.S. A very special thank you goes out to our friends at Jo’s Coffee and Hotel San Jose for including Urban Roots in Jo’s 12th Annual Chili Cookoff on February 11th! It was a perfect day for chili and we’re so grateful to have been included.

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Jo’s 12th Annual Chili Cook Off

Join us February 11th for Jo’s South Congress 12th Annual Chili Cook Off, with all proceeds benefiting Urban Roots! The event is free to attend, and chili-tasting wristbands are sold at the event for $20 each.
The contestants will share their culinary talent and compete for a chance to win the prized trophy chili pot and bragging rights. 

Guests will enjoy chili tastings and the music of Jeff Hughes & Chaparall and The Jo’s House Band.

Click here for additional information

We’re looking for volunteers to help with teardown from 2:45pm to 4:30pm. We’ve got free wristbands to taste all the chili contenders for volunteers that can help us out that afternoon.
 
Please send us an email to volunteer@urbanrootsatx.org if you would like to volunteer!

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Educational Farm Tours

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By connecting to land, food, and each other, we create a more nourished community. We are so grateful for AMD‘s contribution in support of our 2018 Educational Farm Tours– thank you for your generosity to help more young people connect to food and community! We’d love to have your student or community group out to the farm this season to learn with us, please click the link to request a tour or read on for more information below.

 

Click here to request a tour!

ABOUT THE TOUR

Urban Roots offers age-appropriate Educational Farm Tours for groups of students and community members. Led by Urban Roots staff and/or Food & Leadership Fellows, Educational Farm Tours include a tour of our sustainable farm with educational content that include:

    • How food is grown
    • Conservation
    • Bees and insects
    • Healthy food choices
    • Tasting vegetables and fruits grown on the farm, when available
    • Age/ability-appropriate hands-on farm work (6th grade and older)

Enjoying volunteering on the farm

TOUR OPTIONS

1-Hour Tour (Pre-K – 5th Grade) includes:

TEKS-aligned for Kindergarten – 5th Grade! Contact us for more information.

Introductions

Community-building activities

40-min hands-on tour of Urban Roots’ 3.5-acre farm

Tasting of fruits and veggies, when available

Reflection

1.5-Hour Tour (6th – 12th Grade) includes:

Introductions

40-min tour of Urban Roots’ 3.5-acre farm

30-min hands-on field work

Tasting of fruits and veggies, when available

Reflection

If you are inquiring about a tour for adults or have a special request, please email tours@urbanrootsatx.org for more information.

SCHEDULE A TOUR

We are currently scheduling tours! To request a tour, please complete this form (same as the link at the top of the page), including your preferred tour options, dates, times, number of participants, and the age range of the participants. We will process your request and email you with follow-up as soon as possible. Tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Group Size, Age, and Cost

Children must be 4 years or older to participate in an Educational Farm Tour.

Age/GradeAdult Supervision RequirementMinimum Group Size (Per Tour Guide)Maximum Group Size (Per Tour Guide)Maximum Number of Students on FarmCost (Per Tour Guide): Title I SchoolsCost (Per Tour Guide): All Others
4-5 (Pre-K- Kinder)1 adult per 5 youth51020No cost$60
6-10 (1st – 5th Grade)1 adult per 7 youth102040No cost$60
11+ (6th – 12th Grade)1 adult per 10 youth102040No cost$100

For example, a group of 35 4th grade students would need 5 adult chaperones and 2 Urban Roots tour guides. The cost of the tour would be $120, or free for Title I schools.

For larger groups and other requests, please contact us! We are happy to work with special requests whenever possible. In many cases it is possible to schedule tours back-to-back or across multiple days so that all students can attend.

Please note that group sizes do not include adult chaperones. Adult chaperones are responsible for actively participating with their students and managing their students’ behavior.

Tour Groups Must
  • Communicate important information to all attendees.
  • Provide transportation to and from the farm for their group. Parking is available along Delwau Lane.
  • Send completed Parent Consent Forms (English / Spanish) for each youth participating and/or Agency Liability Release Forms 2 business days ahead of the schedule tour. These forms will be emailed to the tour contact upon confirmation of tour details. We must receive completed forms for each person participating prior to the start of tour. We cannot begin our Educational Tour until we have all the completed forms.
  • Ensure all tour participants wear closed-toe shoes. Participants wearing opened-toe shoes will not be allowed to participate in the farm tour and the field work.
  • Ensure all participants bring a water bottle.
  • Disclose any information that may prevent a participant from being able to fully engage in the Educational Tour. We would like to address and discuss any accessibility needs prior to scheduling a tour to ensure we are able to provide the complete Urban Roots experience to all of our participants.
  • It is imperative that the tour group arrives on time. Urban Roots is not able to accommodate groups that arrive 15 minutes past their scheduled start time. If this happens, the group will be asked to reschedule via email.

 

Contact

Contact us at tours@urbanrootsatx.org to ask questions or find out more information, but please fill out this form to schedule your groups’ Educational Farm Tour at Urban Roots!

 

2018 Educational Farm Tours Kindly Presented By:

 

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Join us for Urban Roots’ 2018 MLK Weekend of Service!

**We are just about full for both days. Please email volunteer@urbanrootsatx.org if you wish to be placed on our waitlist. Also, please update your RSVP if your schedule changes and you’re no longer able to volunteer with us- thank you!**
Please join us on Saturday the 13th and Monday the 15th for our special MLK Weekend of Service! These special community volunteer shifts will be led by Urban Roots youth leaders and have an added emphasis on Dr. King’s work and legacy of service, justice, and love. Side by side with Urban Roots young people and other community volunteers, we’ll be planting out the season’s onions (more than 10,000) which are an important crop in our donations to Hunger Relief Partners.

 

Space is limited, so RSVP is required.  To schedule a group larger than 5 or for any other questions, please send an email to volunteer@urbanrootsatx.org.

 

Click Here To Register For Either Date:
Saturday, 1/13 from 9am to Noon
Monday, 1/15 from 1pm to 4pm

 

“Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Our hero is YOU: Have your year-end gift matched TODAY!

 

Because of your support, Urban Roots is celebrating 10 years of empowering youth and nourishing the community. This year we aim to give more than $115,000 directly to 70+ young people through paid internships on our farm — which means we hope to distribute in just one season more than a quarter of what we’ve done in the entire past decade!

Who is your favorite hero? We ask this interview question to every youth ages 14-17 who apply for the paid Farm Internship Program each spring. Some have said…Walter Payton for his drive, Rosa Parks for her courage, Harry Potter for his magical powers, My parents for working so hard to provide for our family! These youth name athletes, historical figures, and fictional superheroes, but even more frequently, they talk about someone close to them — an everyday hero.

Every member of our community who supports this work in any way is our hero — your support helps create opportunities for hundreds of youth to thrive as they grow food for the community. Make your gift now and The Terry and Regina Armstrong Family Foundation will generously match all donations to Urban Roots made before midnight on December 31st, up to $25,000 so please make your gift today!

 

Urban Roots also welcomes direct donations by mail. Please send your gift to:
Urban Roots
4900 Gonzales St.
Austin, TX 78702

Please call Emily Mares, Development Director, at 512-750-8019 if you have any questions about making a gift or getting involved.

Urban Roots (dba for Austin Youth & Community Farm, Inc.) is a 501c3 non-profit organization with EIN 45-3954705, and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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