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May 20, 2022
Farm Fact Friday: Companion Plants

Happy Friday, and Happy Farm Fact Friday! This week we’re talking about a farm practice, planting companion plants. Companion planting is putting beneficial plants together to aid their growth. We grow our tomato with basil, the basil repelling bugs and pests, with the tomatoes providing shade with their leaves to keep the basil moist. What’s […]

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May 13, 2022
Thanks to Everyone Who Supported the 10th Annual Tour de Farm!

Video by: Kyle Decker of Embody Media   That’s a Wrap: Tour de Farm 2022 That’s a wrap, folks! Thanks to everyone who joined us at Urban Roots’ 10th annual Tour de Farm event, presented by Farm to Table! We had an inspiring gathering that featured young voices of change, youth transformation, our community, a […]

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May 13, 2022
Farm Fact Friday: Zinnia

For this week’s Farm Fact Friday, we’re highlighting flowers you might have seen around our farms. These beautiful, colorful flowers are called zinnia, and do more than just bring some vibrancy to our fields! They attract pollinators, like bees and butterflies, to help pollinate what we grow, and can stand strong to the harsh Texas […]

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May 6, 2022
Farm Fact Friday is Back!

Tips for Storing Herbs Urban Roots is excited to announce that we’re bringing back our Farm Fact Friday! Each Friday while we’re in season, we will share farm related facts to bring the farm to you (make sure to follow our social media so you don’t miss out). We’re kicking things off with tips for […]

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April 26, 2022
New Faces at Urban Roots

 Urban Roots would like to welcome four new members of our team! During this season, we’ve brought on folks new and known to Urban Roots to help us as we grow. We’re ecstatic to announce our Communications Intern, Renae Billiot, our Volunteer Manager, Shaina Smith, our new Farm Assistant Jenny Atmar, and our Programs Coordinator, […]

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April 26, 2022
Spring Growth for Urban Roots Youth

The youth have been growing food, their knowledge, as well as their hearts this month. The Food and Leadership youth did farm maintenance, and planting with our community crew. They planted tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, and kale and seeded cilantro, spinach, and radishes. They also visited our food access partner, Farmshare Austin, and helped them plant […]

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April 26, 2022
April Updates From the Farm

Though the last chills of winter delayed us, we’ve been busy seeding and planting on the farms this past month. Thanks to the community crew, the Young Men’s Service league, and our Food and Leadership fellows, we were able to build a deer fence to protect our crops from furry neighbors. We weeded and trellised […]

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April 25, 2022
Urban Roots is Seeking a New Lead Farmer!

Urban Roots is hiring! We’re seeking a new Lead Farmer who will lead our non-certified organic, “slow farming” processes across two urban farms in east and southeast Austin. The Lead Farmer works directly with the Farm Operations Manager and the Farm Assistant to help grow fresh produce for Austinites experiencing barriers to accessing good fresh […]

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April 22, 2022
How Can You Invest in the Earth This Earth Day?

Urban Roots is excited to celebrate Earth Day! Everyday and especially today, we are grateful for how the Earth nurtures us, and we nurture the land in return. This why we use farm practices that are kind to the land. For example, we rotate which fields we plant in to let the soil recover, and […]

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