Rooted In Community Youth Leadership Summit 2014

In late July, we traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to take part in the annual Rooted in Community (RCI) Youth-Led Leadership Summit.  This five-day conference, held on the University of New Mexico’s campus, was packed full of culture, delicious foods, trips to farms, youth-led workshops, and community building! Two Farm Interns and two staff members […]

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Growing Food! Growing Leaders! Growing Community!

June marks the beginning of our Summer Youth Internship.  For five weeks, 30 youth interns will spend four days a week growing vegetables on the farm, learning job skills, cooking with some of Austin’s best chefs, and serving those in need in our community. While this is a youth development program, it is also a […]

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Cooking 101 – A field trip to the Sustainable Food Center

A few weeks ago, half of our youth interns attended a cooking class at The Sustainable Food Center. Each youth received a copy of the recipes they would be using during the class, and information on healthy food choices. The room was ready to go once we arrived with each youth having their own work […]

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True Identity

During our spring and summer program we not only focus on teaching farming to our youth, but also lead them in a variety of workshops based around a variety of topics based in our four pillars. Recently we taught a workshop around identity.  The workshop began with the discussion of what makes up someone’s identity. […]

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Experiencing Firsts

Saturdays on the farm consist of working in the fields weeding, planting, harvesting and general farm maintenance. With only a month under our belts, the youth are still learning the basics and learning all the different parts of what makes our farm run smoothly. Last Saturday Crew B was given the task of harvesting broccoli […]

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Urban Roots Hosts its annual Parent Orientation

Each year, Urban Roots host two events specifically for the families of the farm interns. On Saturday, April 12, Urban Roots held its annual Family Orientation for the 2014 class of Youth Interns.  The purpose of the orientation is to help the youths’ parents really understand Urban Roots, our program, and what their child is […]

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Urban Roots Youth Interns Visit the Big Easy

Walking down a broken sidewalk on our way to feast on po boys and gumbo, Ines asked “Are those bananas growing in someone’s front yard?” Joe shouted out, “Whoa! Look at those lemons!…and check out those oranges!” Where are these Urban Roots youth leaders? New Orleans, of course! With support from the Kabakoff Family Foundation, […]

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Youth Interns with Councilmember Mike Martinez

Hi!  My name is Shamar B., and I’m 17 years old.  I’m writing this blog to tell everyone about my experience at City Hall.  I’ve been working with Urban Roots for three years and throughout those three years I’ve bumped into City Councilmember Mike Martinez who kept asking me if I wanted a job at […]

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Witnessing Women Leaders

Urban Roots is an inspiring and uplifting place to witness and nurture young women Farm Interns to embrace and embody leadership. Late April and the beginning of May is a time to harvest and process vegetables that were planted in late winter.  The last two Thursday after school work sessions have been dynamic, focused, and […]

The Earth Heals

One of the many things that the Urban Roots Youth Interns learn about in our Core Youth Program is public speaking.  Our staff facilitates public speaking workshops, giving the interns a chance to practice their speeches in a safe place with feedback. During the workshops, all of the youth’s impromptu 3-minute speeches are enlightening, powerful, […]

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