Youth Leaders
Nourishing Community

SO MUCH MORE THAN A FARM

Urban Roots works with youth leaders to grow fresh food and build a community dedicated to achieving food equity.
 

Grow

Urban Roots provides young leaders with paid opportunities to grow food, learn new skills, and make a difference in their community. If you are a young person who’s excited to grow your leadership skills and get your hands dirty, or if you know one, join us!
YOUTH FARM PROGRAMS

Engage

Volunteers on our farm can expect to get their hands dirty and help us get work done. Since Urban Roots youth participants are the ones leading volunteers through challenging farm work, they receive a unique opportunity to grow their skills in public speaking and project management.
VOLUNTEER

Nourish

Here at Urban Roots, we believe that everyone can make a difference. Each year, young people, volunteers, and community leaders unite on our farm. Together, we grow between 25,000 and 35,000 pounds of fresh foods, and distribute at least 75% of this to 12 food access agencies across Austin.
OUR IMPACT
Urban Roots Welcomes New Executive Director, Brian Stephens

Urban Roots welcomed Brian Stephens as our new executive director in December of 2023. Our farm-based youth leadership organization has been growing in Austin, Texas, for 15 years, and Stephens joins us at the beginning of a new season of growth, maturity, and opportunity.   “Brian’s experience as chief communications officer at Andy Roddick Foundation, coupled […]

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  • It was a chilly start to the new year, and we’ve worked intently since to weather the cold and wet while doing our spring preparations! With the help of the community, we were able to quickly save the last of our winter’s harvest before a freeze hit, which required a lot of helping hands. It was hard work, with farmer Jenny leading a massive volunteer effort to get 1,000 lbs. of food harvested and out to the community in one morning! We’re grateful to our volunteers and hard-working team for making it happen.⁠
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With spring around the corner, we’re getting our beds ready for seedlings (onions, peppers, tomatoes and more!). Thousands of seed babies are sprouting in our greenhouse, preparing to grow big, nutritious and delicious in the spring. ⁠
  • Love is in the air and always growing on the farm!

📸s: Meet volunteers Bharath & Samhitha who came out yesterday to share their love while giving back on their 9-year wedding anniversary (what giving hearts😊)! Meanwhile, today we celebrated with our queer community for a day of feeling the love, making 🐝Air Bee-n-Bees for our apian neighbors, and feasting on delicious treats together. Also, 💌🌳

We hope you’re feeling the love and kindness today, be it with friends, family, a partner, your community or taking some sweet solo time ❤️️Happy Valentine’s Day from Urban Roots!
  • Looking to get your hands into farming and growing food for your community? Join our volunteer Community Ambassador program to learn about sustainable agriculture from our farm team and work to contribute to food access and food equity in Central Texas. All skills will be taught! Community Ambassadors commit to grow with us on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon, March 13 - June 12. Apply by March 1 and share with like-minded, green-thumbed (or green-hearted) friends! Follow the link in bio for more.
  • Save the date! On March 2, 2024 we'll be hosting Sprout Fest, a family-friendly day of games, crafts, planting, food and other outdoor fun at our East Austin farm to kick off Amplify Austin (@ilivehereigivehere) and another great year of working with youth leaders to grow food for our community!⁠
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Keep an 👀 out for details to come and follow the link in bio to sign up for our email to see updates from us directly in your inbox!
  • Attn: Young adults, ages 17 -23 👀 Are you looking for ways to get involved in your community, grow with the land, and get paid while working with like-minded peers? Join our Food & Leadership Fellowship, where you’ll learn about sustainable farming, Austin’s local food system, and lead volunteers through farmwork to grow food for our community! The program runs March 20 to May 24, Wednesday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to noon, and pays $17 per hour.⁠
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Share with your community today 🌱 Apply by following the link in bio before March 1!
  • 🙌 Let’s grow together! 🌱⁠
⁠
Did your New Year’s resolutions include getting in the sunshine, spending time with community, and getting your hands in the dirt? Come join one (or several!) of our volunteer days to enrich your soul and center yourself on the farms with us + make new friends!⁠
⁠
Register by following the link in bio! We can’t wait to farm with you 💚
  • A little chilly and grey this AM for our MLK Day of Service, but working together makes it so much warmer and brighter💚💛🧡🤎 Thanks to our youth leaders, staff, and community volunteers who showed up to grow together!
  • To: Our Queer Community 

Love: Urban Roots

Subj: Won’t you 🐝 our Valentine? 

We’re artichoke-d up and our romaine hearts are skipping a beet thinking about our Queer Valentine’s Day on the farm 💗 We’re inviting our LGBTQIA+ neighbors to come share the love this Valentine’s Day, bask in community with us, and celebrate love in all its forms together.

Join us for a day centered on love + joy with a greeting card exchange (get your craft on with homemade + upcycled materials!), putting the “art” in “heart”, getting in the groove with music + dancing, enjoying delicious sweets, and feeling the warmth + connection of your community. 

💌 Come share the love with us by registering in the link in bio!

We appreciate allies yielding the space for the day – we will have many opportunities to all come together on the farm other days. This is a closed event for LGBTQAI2S+ folks, centered on celebrating the experiences of those who are Two Spirit, transgender, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, gender questioning, agender, intersex, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, asexual, sexuality questioning, or otherwise identifies with the community. If you are questioning your gender or sexuality, you are welcome here.
  • We had to reschedule due to weather, and we’d love for you to join us for our annual MLK Day of Service this Saturday, Jan. 27, 9 to 11:30 a.m.. The day will be centered around working together, the spirit and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights work and learning!⁠
⁠
Register to volunteer by following the link in bio! We hope to see you at Saturday on our East Austin farm.
It was a chilly start to the new year, and we’ve worked intently since to weather the cold and wet while doing our spring preparations! With the help of the community, we were able to quickly save the last of our winter’s harvest before a freeze hit, which required a lot of helping hands. It was hard work, with farmer Jenny leading a massive volunteer effort to get 1,000 lbs. of food harvested and out to the community in one morning! We’re grateful to our volunteers and hard-working team for making it happen.⁠
⁠
With spring around the corner, we’re getting our beds ready for seedlings (onions, peppers, tomatoes and more!). Thousands of seed babies are sprouting in our greenhouse, preparing to grow big, nutritious and delicious in the spring. ⁠
It was a chilly start to the new year, and we’ve worked intently since to weather the cold and wet while doing our spring preparations! With the help of the community, we were able to quickly save the last of our winter’s harvest before a freeze hit, which required a lot of helping hands. It was hard work, with farmer Jenny leading a massive volunteer effort to get 1,000 lbs. of food harvested and out to the community in one morning! We’re grateful to our volunteers and hard-working team for making it happen.⁠
⁠
With spring around the corner, we’re getting our beds ready for seedlings (onions, peppers, tomatoes and more!). Thousands of seed babies are sprouting in our greenhouse, preparing to grow big, nutritious and delicious in the spring. ⁠
It was a chilly start to the new year, and we’ve worked intently since to weather the cold and wet while doing our spring preparations! With the help of the community, we were able to quickly save the last of our winter’s harvest before a freeze hit, which required a lot of helping hands. It was hard work, with farmer Jenny leading a massive volunteer effort to get 1,000 lbs. of food harvested and out to the community in one morning! We’re grateful to our volunteers and hard-working team for making it happen.⁠
⁠
With spring around the corner, we’re getting our beds ready for seedlings (onions, peppers, tomatoes and more!). Thousands of seed babies are sprouting in our greenhouse, preparing to grow big, nutritious and delicious in the spring. ⁠
It was a chilly start to the new year, and we’ve worked intently since to weather the cold and wet while doing our spring preparations! With the help of the community, we were able to quickly save the last of our winter’s harvest before a freeze hit, which required a lot of helping hands. It was hard work, with farmer Jenny leading a massive volunteer effort to get 1,000 lbs. of food harvested and out to the community in one morning! We’re grateful to our volunteers and hard-working team for making it happen.⁠
⁠
With spring around the corner, we’re getting our beds ready for seedlings (onions, peppers, tomatoes and more!). Thousands of seed babies are sprouting in our greenhouse, preparing to grow big, nutritious and delicious in the spring. ⁠
It was a chilly start to the new year, and we’ve worked intently since to weather the cold and wet while doing our spring preparations! With the help of the community, we were able to quickly save the last of our winter’s harvest before a freeze hit, which required a lot of helping hands. It was hard work, with farmer Jenny leading a massive volunteer effort to get 1,000 lbs. of food harvested and out to the community in one morning! We’re grateful to our volunteers and hard-working team for making it happen.⁠ ⁠ With spring around the corner, we’re getting our beds ready for seedlings (onions, peppers, tomatoes and more!). Thousands of seed babies are sprouting in our greenhouse, preparing to grow big, nutritious and delicious in the spring. ⁠
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Love is in the air and always growing on the farm!

📸s: Meet volunteers Bharath & Samhitha who came out yesterday to share their love while giving back on their 9-year wedding anniversary (what giving hearts😊)! Meanwhile, today we celebrated with our queer community for a day of feeling the love, making 🐝Air Bee-n-Bees for our apian neighbors, and feasting on delicious treats together. Also, 💌🌳

We hope you’re feeling the love and kindness today, be it with friends, family, a partner, your community or taking some sweet solo time ❤️️Happy Valentine’s Day from Urban Roots!
Love is in the air and always growing on the farm!

📸s: Meet volunteers Bharath & Samhitha who came out yesterday to share their love while giving back on their 9-year wedding anniversary (what giving hearts😊)! Meanwhile, today we celebrated with our queer community for a day of feeling the love, making 🐝Air Bee-n-Bees for our apian neighbors, and feasting on delicious treats together. Also, 💌🌳

We hope you’re feeling the love and kindness today, be it with friends, family, a partner, your community or taking some sweet solo time ❤️️Happy Valentine’s Day from Urban Roots!
Love is in the air and always growing on the farm!

📸s: Meet volunteers Bharath & Samhitha who came out yesterday to share their love while giving back on their 9-year wedding anniversary (what giving hearts😊)! Meanwhile, today we celebrated with our queer community for a day of feeling the love, making 🐝Air Bee-n-Bees for our apian neighbors, and feasting on delicious treats together. Also, 💌🌳

We hope you’re feeling the love and kindness today, be it with friends, family, a partner, your community or taking some sweet solo time ❤️️Happy Valentine’s Day from Urban Roots!
Love is in the air and always growing on the farm!

📸s: Meet volunteers Bharath & Samhitha who came out yesterday to share their love while giving back on their 9-year wedding anniversary (what giving hearts😊)! Meanwhile, today we celebrated with our queer community for a day of feeling the love, making 🐝Air Bee-n-Bees for our apian neighbors, and feasting on delicious treats together. Also, 💌🌳

We hope you’re feeling the love and kindness today, be it with friends, family, a partner, your community or taking some sweet solo time ❤️️Happy Valentine’s Day from Urban Roots!
Love is in the air and always growing on the farm! 📸s: Meet volunteers Bharath & Samhitha who came out yesterday to share their love while giving back on their 9-year wedding anniversary (what giving hearts😊)! Meanwhile, today we celebrated with our queer community for a day of feeling the love, making 🐝Air Bee-n-Bees for our apian neighbors, and feasting on delicious treats together. Also, 💌🌳 We hope you’re feeling the love and kindness today, be it with friends, family, a partner, your community or taking some sweet solo time ❤️️Happy Valentine’s Day from Urban Roots!
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Looking to get your hands into farming and growing food for your community? Join our volunteer Community Ambassador program to learn about sustainable agriculture from our farm team and work to contribute to food access and food equity in Central Texas. All skills will be taught! Community Ambassadors commit to grow with us on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon, March 13 - June 12. Apply by March 1 and share with like-minded, green-thumbed (or green-hearted) friends! Follow the link in bio for more.
Looking to get your hands into farming and growing food for your community? Join our volunteer Community Ambassador program to learn about sustainable agriculture from our farm team and work to contribute to food access and food equity in Central Texas. All skills will be taught! Community Ambassadors commit to grow with us on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to noon, March 13 - June 12. Apply by March 1 and share with like-minded, green-thumbed (or green-hearted) friends! Follow the link in bio for more.
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Save the date! On March 2, 2024 we'll be hosting Sprout Fest, a family-friendly day of games, crafts, planting, food and other outdoor fun at our East Austin farm to kick off Amplify Austin (@ilivehereigivehere) and another great year of working with youth leaders to grow food for our community!⁠
⁠
Keep an 👀 out for details to come and follow the link in bio to sign up for our email to see updates from us directly in your inbox!
Save the date! On March 2, 2024 we'll be hosting Sprout Fest, a family-friendly day of games, crafts, planting, food and other outdoor fun at our East Austin farm to kick off Amplify Austin (@ilivehereigivehere) and another great year of working with youth leaders to grow food for our community!⁠ ⁠ Keep an 👀 out for details to come and follow the link in bio to sign up for our email to see updates from us directly in your inbox!
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Attn: Young adults, ages 17 -23 👀 Are you looking for ways to get involved in your community, grow with the land, and get paid while working with like-minded peers? Join our Food & Leadership Fellowship, where you’ll learn about sustainable farming, Austin’s local food system, and lead volunteers through farmwork to grow food for our community! The program runs March 20 to May 24, Wednesday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to noon, and pays $17 per hour.⁠
⁠
Share with your community today 🌱 Apply by following the link in bio before March 1!
Attn: Young adults, ages 17 -23 👀 Are you looking for ways to get involved in your community, grow with the land, and get paid while working with like-minded peers? Join our Food & Leadership Fellowship, where you’ll learn about sustainable farming, Austin’s local food system, and lead volunteers through farmwork to grow food for our community! The program runs March 20 to May 24, Wednesday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to noon, and pays $17 per hour.⁠ ⁠ Share with your community today 🌱 Apply by following the link in bio before March 1!
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🙌 Let’s grow together! 🌱⁠
⁠
Did your New Year’s resolutions include getting in the sunshine, spending time with community, and getting your hands in the dirt? Come join one (or several!) of our volunteer days to enrich your soul and center yourself on the farms with us + make new friends!⁠
⁠
Register by following the link in bio! We can’t wait to farm with you 💚
🙌 Let’s grow together! 🌱⁠ ⁠ Did your New Year’s resolutions include getting in the sunshine, spending time with community, and getting your hands in the dirt? Come join one (or several!) of our volunteer days to enrich your soul and center yourself on the farms with us + make new friends!⁠ ⁠ Register by following the link in bio! We can’t wait to farm with you 💚
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A little chilly and grey this AM for our MLK Day of Service, but working together makes it so much warmer and brighter💚💛🧡🤎 Thanks to our youth leaders, staff, and community volunteers who showed up to grow together!
A little chilly and grey this AM for our MLK Day of Service, but working together makes it so much warmer and brighter💚💛🧡🤎 Thanks to our youth leaders, staff, and community volunteers who showed up to grow together!
A little chilly and grey this AM for our MLK Day of Service, but working together makes it so much warmer and brighter💚💛🧡🤎 Thanks to our youth leaders, staff, and community volunteers who showed up to grow together!
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To: Our Queer Community 

Love: Urban Roots

Subj: Won’t you 🐝 our Valentine? 

We’re artichoke-d up and our romaine hearts are skipping a beet thinking about our Queer Valentine’s Day on the farm 💗 We’re inviting our LGBTQIA+ neighbors to come share the love this Valentine’s Day, bask in community with us, and celebrate love in all its forms together.

Join us for a day centered on love + joy with a greeting card exchange (get your craft on with homemade + upcycled materials!), putting the “art” in “heart”, getting in the groove with music + dancing, enjoying delicious sweets, and feeling the warmth + connection of your community. 

💌 Come share the love with us by registering in the link in bio!

We appreciate allies yielding the space for the day – we will have many opportunities to all come together on the farm other days. This is a closed event for LGBTQAI2S+ folks, centered on celebrating the experiences of those who are Two Spirit, transgender, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, gender questioning, agender, intersex, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, asexual, sexuality questioning, or otherwise identifies with the community. If you are questioning your gender or sexuality, you are welcome here.
To: Our Queer Community Love: Urban Roots Subj: Won’t you 🐝 our Valentine? We’re artichoke-d up and our romaine hearts are skipping a beet thinking about our Queer Valentine’s Day on the farm 💗 We’re inviting our LGBTQIA+ neighbors to come share the love this Valentine’s Day, bask in community with us, and celebrate love in all its forms together. Join us for a day centered on love + joy with a greeting card exchange (get your craft on with homemade + upcycled materials!), putting the “art” in “heart”, getting in the groove with music + dancing, enjoying delicious sweets, and feeling the warmth + connection of your community. 💌 Come share the love with us by registering in the link in bio! We appreciate allies yielding the space for the day – we will have many opportunities to all come together on the farm other days. This is a closed event for LGBTQAI2S+ folks, centered on celebrating the experiences of those who are Two Spirit, transgender, nonbinary, gender nonconforming, gender questioning, agender, intersex, gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer, asexual, sexuality questioning, or otherwise identifies with the community. If you are questioning your gender or sexuality, you are welcome here.
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We had to reschedule due to weather, and we’d love for you to join us for our annual MLK Day of Service this Saturday, Jan. 27, 9 to 11:30 a.m.. The day will be centered around working together, the spirit and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights work and learning!⁠
⁠
Register to volunteer by following the link in bio! We hope to see you at Saturday on our East Austin farm.
We had to reschedule due to weather, and we’d love for you to join us for our annual MLK Day of Service this Saturday, Jan. 27, 9 to 11:30 a.m.. The day will be centered around working together, the spirit and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights work and learning!⁠ ⁠ Register to volunteer by following the link in bio! We hope to see you at Saturday on our East Austin farm.
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