We are truly thrilled to launch the new Urban Roots website. The new online digs feature a new look, has easier navigation, and overall celebrates our values and work together with young people.

Major props and thanks to STAV Creative Agency for their hard work to bring Urban Roots to life on this platform.

As with any new endeavor, there are bound to be some kinks so we appreciate your patience. Please drop us a line to let us know what you think!

Dear friends,

Just over ten years ago, we had this idea for how young people could become leaders by growing food on an urban farm in Austin. The first thing we did was reach out to hundreds of students and community members: sharing the vision, getting feedback, and most importantly listening.

Frequently, after hearing about this urban farm idea, there would be someone in the room who would hang back until the very end to share with me what it was like to visit their uncle’s garden or grandmother’s farm in the summer growing up. You could feel the power in these stories through their voices and the glean in their eyes. These memories were deeply embedded and came alive when we talked about the possibility of Urban Roots. They inspired me to see how we can bring more of these stories of food, community, and connection to life.

Now, as we celebrate ten years of Urban Roots, over 350 young people and thousands of community members have their own memories of inspiration, hope, & joy as we have worked together to grow food for Austin. We’re grateful for each of you who have grown your own stories alongside the vegetables and Urban Roots. More than ever we believe more young people should have the opportunity to do the same.

We are truly humbled by the opportunity to do this work and to continue the Urban Roots story. Together we can empower youth and nourish community for many years to come!


Max Elliott, LMSW
Co-Founder & Executive Director


Check out the photo album from our 10th Birthday Party!


We’re so grateful for this note from Willie Nelson in honor of our 10th Birthday– thank you Willie!

Because of our generous community, there is so much to celebrate about the 2016-2017 season that wrapped in July. It was one of continued growth for Urban Roots– we launched a new program, served more young leaders, and distributed the highest amount of youth stipends ever! None of this would be possible without you.

This season we are thrilled to celebrate 10 years of empowering youth and nourishing community. The Urban Roots family has accomplished so much in these first 10 years, and we can’t wait to see what the next 10 bring.
Click here for the full 2016-2017 Impact Report to see your support in action!

At Urban Roots, we start a new year every August, following the school year and the planting seasons. As we dig into a new beginning with another group of young people and new seeds and plants on the farm, we have to pause and reflect on all the amazing things that you helped us accomplish in the last year. Thank you for you all do to empower youth and nourish the community!


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