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

**We are just about full for both days. Please email 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


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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Celebrate #GivingThanksTuesday with us: We’ve got a gift and invitation just for you…

You may know that today is #GivingTuesday, a day that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday as a chance to take a break from shopping to celebrate and think about the good that giving back can do.


This year we’re joining the celebration, but we’re shaking things up by celebrating #GivingThanksTuesday instead! You are an invaluable part of this work to empower youth and nourish community, and as a token of our thanks we’d like to give YOU a small gift.


We are excited to share with you this gift of the first new Urban Roots video since 2011! Click here to watch it now. This video celebrates all that Urban Roots is today, thanks to you– a beautiful and supportive community that makes space for young people to grow food while growing as leaders.


On this #GivingThanksTuesday, we’re particularly grateful for each of you for all the ways you support Urban Roots and other nonprofits that nourish the world.


With thankful hearts,
The Urban Roots Team


P.S. Also, we’d love to thank you by inviting you to our next Open House on December 6th from 8-9:30am. This event is for all Urban Roots friends, new and old, to join us for a crisp morning, delicious breakfast and coffee by Snooze, and a walk around the farm. We would love to see you there, RSVP today!



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Vote for Urban Roots!


VOTE and ROOT for Urban Roots for BEST NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION in Austin Chronicle’s ‘Best of Austin’ ballot! Deadline is Monday, October 16th.

This is our 2nd year in a row being a Finalist. And we think this would be a pretty cool 10th birthday present.

Vote Here!

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Calling All 14-17 year olds: 2018 Farm Internship Applications Are Now Open!

For the 2018 Farm Internship Program, we’re going to be hiring our largest cohort of Youth Interns yet! Will you be one of them?

If you are a young person who will 14 to 17 years old by February 24, or know of one, who would like to SERVE, LEARN, and EARN — we’d love for you to apply! Please click HERE to learn more about the Farm Internship Program and apply today.

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