Food & Leadership Fellowship

It’s not too late to apply for the Food & Leadership Fellowship! Submit your application by August 4th for a chance to develop your professional skills, learn hands-on about sustainable agriculture, and serve the Austin community.

Applications are now open! Click here to apply.

The Food & Leadership Fellowship is a paid leadership development opportunity for young adults on the Urban Roots farm during the fall. Fellows build leadership and professional skills while growing thousands of pounds of fresh produce for the community.

  • Learn about food justice in local and global food systems.
  • Grow fresh produce for the community using sustainable farming practices.
  • Serve by completing a project improving food access in Austin.
  • Lead volunteers on the farm, building professional skills like public speaking and team management.

The Fellowship runs from September 8th to December 8th. Fellows work Tuesdays OR Thursdays from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm AND Fridays from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (8 hours per week). To participate, you must commit to the entire length of the Fellowship.

  • Fellows are paid a bi-weekly stipend equivalent to $10/hour, plus a $100 bonus for completing the Fellowship.
  • Fellows also take home fresh vegetables when available.
  • The priority deadline for submitting applications is May 12th. Some applicants will be notified of their acceptance over the summer.
  • The final deadline for submitting applications is August 4th. The remaining positions for the Fellowship will be filled at this time.
  • Refer a friend! If you both apply and they’re accepted, you’ll get a $30 bonus.

Two group interviews will be held: Friday, May 19th, and Friday, August 11th. Applicants must attend one of these two interview times. Due to the nature of group interviews, no makeup interviews will be held.

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Thank You 2017 Amplify Austin Donors!


Our hearts are full thanks to the 137 donors gave through the Amplify Austin platform– a full $13,128 for our young leaders. On top of that, our outside donations and matches means we met our $15,000 goal! What an incredible community we have.

Because of you we reached our Amplify Austin goal to support the journeys of  33 high-school youth this season as they learn and grow together.

Thank you for believing in the power of young leaders working to nourish the community!



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#AmplifyYoungLeaders & Become an Individual Fundraiser

Urban Roots is ready for 24 hours of giving with Amplify Austin, happening March 2nd – 3rd! We need your help to raise $15,000 to empower youth and nourish the community.

You don’t have to wait! Two things you can do RIGHT NOW:

  • Schedule your donation today by clicking here.
  • Become an Individual Fundraiser for Urban Roots with a personal fundraising page– you set the goal, you get the word out, and you become a champion for the youth and community that Urban Roots serves. It’s so easy! Create your fundraising page on the Amplify Austin website today, and use it to help your friends give back to a cause you’re passionate about. For specific instructions, see below.

To show our thanks, every Individual Fundraiser who raises any funds at all will be entered into a drawing to win 2 seats to our exclusive Tour de Farm gala in April!

Questions? Need help setting up your page?
Call 512-750-8019 or email

Create your Individual Fundraiser profile:

1. Click here to see Urban Roots’ Amplify Austin page!

2. Scroll to the bottom and click the “Create a Fundraising Campaign” button.

3. Create a Donor Account to easily track your donations and manage your fundraising pages.

4. Click on the tab My Fundraisers to create your campaign. Have fun completing your campaign, because your story of why you’re so passionate about this cause will inspire your friends to be part of this awesome work in our community.

6. Then submit your profile for approval by the Urban Roots team before it becomes active and ready-to-share. Please give us 24 hours to approve (we promise we’ll do this as quickly as we can!). Then you’re ready to start rocking out and Amplifying Austin for Urban Roots!

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Jo’s 11th Annual Chili Cook Off

Join us February 12th for Jo’s South Congress 11th 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. Some of this year’s standout participants include: Yellowbird Hot Sauce, Contigo, chef John Bullington, and Fresa’s.

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

Click here for additional information

We hope to see you there!

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Farm Internship Application Deadline Extended!

We’re hiring an awesome group of teenagers to grow food for the community this spring and summer.

The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, January 20th!

Click here to apply and learn more!

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