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.

 Our Annual Seed to Harvest Kickoff, presented by Independence Title Company, marks the beginning of a fresh season and a new year for Urban Roots! On September 26th we will gather friends for a happy hour fundraiser at The Google Fiber Space to enjoy a few words from our youth leaders, bites from Eden East and Olive & June, signature drinks by Juiceland, Hops & Grain, Duchman Family Winery, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and GEM&BOLT Mezcal, tunes by DJ Chorizo Funk, a giveaway, and other fun. Tickets are now on sale!


Get your tickets now!



Host Committee:

Virginia Cumberbatch
Anna Jackson and Ron Berry
Chad Palmatier and Anthony Sobotik
Juan Carlos and Carmen Llanes Pulido
Deana Saukam
Jeffrey and Haylie Schwartz
Elizabeth Winkler and Chris Aniszczyk

Presenting Sponsor:

Thyme to Party Sponsors:

Applications for our fall 2018 Food & Leadership Fellowship are open through September 18th! This is a paid fellowship for 17-23 year olds interested in growing fresh food, serving the community, and developing leadership skills. Check out the link below for more information about the fellowship and applying!

Apply today!

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!


“As my fellow interns know, I made spaghetti at home and I was so proud of it because it was like, “I know how to cook!” because I can go to my job and learn to cook. Although it took an hour to boil the water (yeah that happened), I felt like everything about Urban Roots was in that spaghetti. It had the tomatoes, all the work we put into growing them, it had all the effort, and it had all of us.Urban Roots has taught me how I can be a better person. Everything that we learn here is on our path toward success and it’s taught me about who I want to be.”   -Qwncyi, 17 years old, 2018 Youth Intern

We’re so grateful for the teenagers who dug in together this summer to grow and cook food, learn new skills, and serve their community! We wrapped up the Farm Internship Program last weekend at the Family Feast. It’s been an honor to watch Qwncyi and this entire cohort of youth stretch their voices as leaders to share their stories and build their own unique recipe of community this season. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for these young people.

Okra King here.

I am so blessed to have the chance in my life time to have been a part of this unique and rare organization. Being part of Urban Roots has created for me the foundation on which my adult life is being built. I have learned the skills of money management, public speaking, and confidence. I have made amazing memories. And I am excited to see and experience the growth of Urban Roots to new levels!

Let’s celebrate another 100 decades of Urban Roots!


2013 Youth Alumnus and 2013 Okra Race Winner (aka Okra King)

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

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