Urban Roots is currently hiring and accepting applications for a few positions in this work to empower youth and nourish community. Are you who we’re looking for? We’d love to hear from you.
We are looking for an innovative, effective, and committed Farm Manager to join our team! Please check out the listing here for more information on the position and how to apply.
We are looking for a relationship driven, youth-focused, and energetic leader to join our team as Program Coordinator. Please check out the listing here for more information on the position and how to apply.
We are looking for an experienced, passionate fundraiser and organizational leader to join our team as Development Director. Please check out the listing here for more information on the position and how to apply.
UPDATE: The Open House has been moved to Saturday, October 20th!
Our open house represents a great opportunity to come to the Urban Roots farm to hear a few words from our young leaders, enjoy pizza by Via313 and Hops & Grain, and get an insider’s farm tour. This event is COMPLETELY FREE and open to the public. It’s the perfect experience whether it’s your first time on the farm or you just want to enjoy some time with the Urban Roots family. If you would like to RSVP, submit this form.
Fun fact about sustainable farming: 40% of today’s global population works in agriculture, making it the single largest employer in the world. At Urban Roots, we are committed to the practice of sustainable agriculture AND youth development!
We hope you come out and join us.
Each year, Urban Roots donates 40% of our harvest to local food banks, soup kitchens, and other organizations supporting food justice in Austin. What’s more, our Youth Interns volunteer at these same organizations to learn first-hand about hunger and food access issues in Austin while discovering their own ability to make a difference. In the 2017-2018 program year, Urban Roots donated over 16,000 lbs of produce back to the Austin community!
AIDS Services of Austin (ASA) is the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in the Austin Area. ASA provides direct care, case management, nutrition supplementation, and much more to people in the Austin area affected by HIV and AIDS. The Helping Hands Food Bank strives to bring healthy, nutritious and diverse food to their clients who are living with HIV/AIDS. Through their partnership with Urban Roots, they are able to offer clients produce that they would otherwise never try or access at the grocery store. With the donated items, they are able to serve approximately 200 clients per month.
Austin Justice Coalition (AJC) is a community organization that focuses on improving the quality of life for people who are Black, Brown, and poor. Since 2015, AJC has served as a catalyst for positive change towards economic and racial equity for Austin’s people of color by developing, organizing, and providing robust programs and events. AJC’s big four areas of advocacy are education, policing, civic engagement, and community building.
Black Sovereign Nation (BSN) utilizes direct action, cooperative economics, and community outreach to develop autonomy in Black communities. Their ultimate vision is to establish autonomous boroughs in cities across the United States, creating an opportunity for a national reclamation of political and economic agency.
Caritas of Austin serves thousands of families and individuals each year through housing, food, education, and employment services as they move out of poverty and homelessness toward self-sufficiency. Caritas of Austin uses donated Urban Roots produce in its Community Kitchen and Pantry. Caritas’ Community Kitchen serves a free lunch to over 300 individuals in need of a meal each day. Caritas’ Pantry provides more than 43,000 grocery meals each year to families and individuals in need.
The Central Texas Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief charity in Central Texas. A leader in the fight against hunger for nearly 35 years, their mission is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in the fight against hunger. They provide food and grocery products to more than 300 Partner Agencies in 21 Central Texas counties.
Manos de Cristo empowers low-income individuals with a loving hand of assistance and welcomes all regardless of age, gender, race, or religious preference. Inspired by the Christian ideals of service and compassion, Manos promotes dignity and self-reliance by providing essential oral care, furthering educational development, and meeting basic needs with food and clothing. Manos de Cristo distributes produce from Urban Roots through their Basic Needs and Adult Education programs. The organization serves approximately 50 families each week with food and clothing.
Meals on Wheels and More began in 1972 as an East Austin-based, grassroots organization staffed by only eight volunteers to cook and deliver meals to 29 homebound seniors three times a week. Meals on Wheels and More still provides hot, nutritious home-delivered meals to those in need, as well as a wide array of other life-sustaining services designed to keep clients living independently. Today, nearly 5,000 persons in need receive services with the help of more than 7,000 volunteers. In becoming a Hunger Relief partner with Urban Roots, Meals on Wheels and More is also able to provide clients with fresh, locally grown produce, a resource that is often hard to come by for the homebound.
Serafina is a community service organization dedicated to making the lives of seniors and persons with disabilities healthier and happier. They operate a pantry at the RBJ residential tower, where they serve bread and vegetables twice a week, and also the HOPE pantry once a month, in partnership with the Capital Area Food Bank for over 180 clients.
Street Youth Ministry of Austin is a volunteer driven organization that serves street-dependent young people in Austin. They provide these young people with daily services, including prayer time, Bible study, fellowship, small group, and street outreach, food and other donated items.
Urban Roots is looking for an experienced, passionate fundraiser and organizational leader to join our team as Development Director. Please check out the listing here for more information on the position and how to apply.
Over the past six years, Tour de Farm has become a transformational evening of giving that makes Urban Roots possible. This event started as a Bar Mitzvah project (Thank you Eli!) and evolved into a powerful fundraiser to support this work to empower youth and nourish the community. Urban Roots’ Tour de Farm is the most unique non-profit event in Austin, combining our farm-fresh produce and the city’s top chefs to raise money for Austin’s young leaders.
Through this event, we are reminded that Urban Roots is so much more than a farm– Urban Roots is a beautiful community. 2018 Tour de Farm combined an unforgettable meal, farm-influenced cocktails, youth stories, and fresh-from-the-farm tastings, all while raising over $130,000 to support the youth who spend time with Urban Roots learning to grow food while growing as leaders!
Rene Ortiz and Laura Sawicki, Launderette
Nathan Lemley & Sarah Heard, Foreign & Domestic
Andrew Wiseheart, Contigo and Chicon
Tavel Bristol-Joseph , Emmer & Rye
Ben Runkle, Salt & Time
Amanda Turner, Juniper
Fiore Tedesco, L’Oca d’Oro
Sonya Cote, Eden East
Rick Lopez, La Condesa
Shawn Cirkiel, Parkside
Holly and Jim Bohart
Eileen and Alex Davern
Valerie and Joel Granoff
Carol and Jon Gormin
Lisa and Desi Rhoden
Ellen and Mark Rozman
Jeanmarie and Scott Rust
Lori and Michael Schneider
Michele and Eric Starkloff
Margot and Grant Thomas
The Entreprenuer’s Foundation
Farm to Table
Hotel San Jose
Endeavor Real Estate Group
Capital Farm Credit
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.