Urban Roots welcomes all types of new growth and a clean start to our season! We’ve been forging ahead in preparation to continue growing and maintaining our 75% donation rate we achieved last year! While we wait for spring to come, we’re working and planning to make this year even more successful than the last. Keep reading to learn more.
Urban Roots wrapped up the majority of our winter harvest earlier this January, and despite the rain and cold slowing our progress, our team has been hard at work spring cleaning and spring seeding. We seeded broccoli, cabbage, eggplant, kale, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes and rainbow chard at the East Austin farm for this season, which we’re excited to be able to share by mid-March!
At the South Austin farm, we are in the process of planting potatoes, carrots, onions, and replacing fruit trees for the orchard. We’re preparing to welcome two shipping containers to the South Austin location to help with storage constraints, and to support the South Austin farm’s steady expansion.
To prepare for the cold temperatures and freezing weather this past month, we focused our efforts on harvesting our remaining carrots and cabbage from the South Austin farm for storing and distribution. We were able to send out almost 1,000 lbs of food in January in preparation for the upcoming weather limitations. We’re currently working with our wonderful food access partners to review the past season and map our growth for the future. We can’t wait to continue our hunger relief efforts in March, and look forward to sharing this coming season’s growth and bounty with our community!
Urban Roots invites you to join our wonderful group of dedicated volunteers who help make our mission possible – the Community Crew! The Community Crew work on the farm from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. We are also seeking volunteer drivers, who work Wednesday through Friday to help us get our produce to our food access partners. Click here to sign up and learn more! (p.s. Crew members earn free veggies!)