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FARM Internship Program

Ages 14-17

For over ten years, the Farm Internship Program has provided young people with paid internships to learn how to grow food while growing as leaders. High school youth help grow thousands of pounds of fresh foods on the Urban Roots Farm while leading volunteers in service and collaborating with peers from different schools and backgrounds. Youth receive a paid stipend for their work and learn vital life and job skills. Applications for the summer 2020 are now open!
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Food & Leadership fellowship

Ages 17-23

The Food & Leadership Fellowship is a paid leadership development program for young adults in the Austin area that are between 17-23 years old. Working with us on the Urban Roots Farm, fellows learn how to grow thousands of pounds of sustainable produce while growing core professional development skills and completing an in-depth service project with a hunger relief partner in Austin.
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Who Can Apply?

The Food & Leadership Fellowship is open to young adults living in the Austin area that are between 17 to 23 years old and no longer attending high school. Applicants do not need prior experience with farming, nor do they need to be enrolled in college. 

What you'll do

You’ll work hard on a sustainable farm in East Austin, learn how to grow fresh vegetables, practice service and giving back to your community, and develop critical leadership and life skills.

What Else?

Fellows are paid a bi-weekly stipend that is equivalent to $10 per hour with an end of season bonus. Fellows work four hour shifts, two days a week. Transportation between select pickup sites and the farm may be available, with tentative sites including ACC Riverside and Huston Tillotson University.
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Advanced Leadership Internship

Ages 14-17

The Advanced Leadership Internship is a new 9-month, paid internship open to graduates of the Farm Internship Program. Participating in an extended internship with Urban Roots, youth will take part in in 3 exciting rotations that include opportunities to work on the farm, develop advanced culinary skills, and learn about social responsibility and leadership first-hand. With heightened opportunities for growth and development, the Advanced Leadership Internship assures that young people get rooted, and stay rooted.
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Who Can Apply?

The Advanced Leadership Internship is open to teens who have completed the Farm Internship Program and are between 14 - 17 years old at the start of the season.


This program runs parallel to the school year. In this inaugural season, it's a two-day per week commitment from October through May. Applications for the current season are now closed, and applications for the 2019-2020 season will open in May 2019.

What you'll do

This is a next-level leadership opportunity for teenagers that builds upon the Farm Internship Program. Activities include special skill-building and issue-based workshops, a series of hands-on culinary lessons, and ample opportunity to take lead on in-depth service projects across Austin.


AGES 14-17

The South Austin Internship is a new paid internship designed for high school students living in South Austin to lay the groundwork for the second Urban Roots farm site. Interns will build relationships with South Austin residents, where the second farm will be located, through various events and will explore ideas about how the new farm site will serve community needs.
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Who Can Apply?

The South Austin Internship is open to all teens who will be in high school in the fall of 2019 and live in South Austin.


This program will meet twice per week (one weekday after school and every Saturday) for the duration of the 2019-2020 school year, October through May.

What you'll do

Interns will engage with South Austin residents to learn what they want from the new Urban Roots farm site and to discuss how the farm site will serve the needs of the South Austin community.
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Educational TOURS

We offer tours of the farm for schools and as an educational experience for adults. Join us for a day on the farm!

Pre-K–5th grade Tours

While our internships serve teens and young adults, even our youngest friends can experience a 1-hour, TEKS-aligned farm tour that includes community-building activities, a guided walking tour, and a tasting of fresh fruits and veggies.

6th–12th grade Tours

Secondary school students may participate in an extended tour that includes a 40-minute tour of our 3.5-acre urban farm, a 30-minute hands-on farming activity, and a tasting of fresh fruits and veggies.

Adult Tours

Farm tours are fun for all ages! We’d love to host your group for a 1-hour guided tour of the Urban Roots farm. We ask for a donation of $250 per tour. Please help us get started by filling out our tour inquiry form below!
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