Impact at a glance

As the only farm-based youth leadership organization in Austin, Urban Roots is uniquely positioned to be a catalyst of change for the larger community. During our last fiscal year, our unique model reached more than 75 youth leaders, 1,000 volunteers, and thousands of neighbors who receive our food through food access partnerships. Here is a snapshot of Urban Roots' impact since it began in 2008.
young leaders have completed  paid internships
in stipends paid directly to youth
pounds of produce grown
pounds of produce donated
number of hands-on community volunteers
number of educational farm tour participants

Community Footprint

You never know where you might see an Urban Roots youth! Whether you spot them singing in the fields, managing their own produce stand, or serving up fresh meals in a community kitchen, our youth leaders are always on a quest to generate meaningful change across Austin.

Working together for


15.2% of all children in Travis County (41,130 children) are food insecure, according to the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability’s latest State of the Food System Report. Food insecurity occurs when a person or family that doesn’t have reliable access to nutritious, affordable food. Urban Roots distributes at least 75% of our harvest each year to 12 local Food Access Partners to get this fresh produce directly into the hands of those who need it. 
Our Food Access Partners*City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability’s State of the Food System Report

Youth Leaders

Serving the Community

In addition to their time on the farm, Urban Roots youth do hands-on service with our Food Access Partners. From organizing a food pantry to weeding a community garden, Urban Roots youth gain a direct understanding of the scale of hunger, the barriers to food access in our community, and the steps to needed to nourish others.

Youth PRograms

Best Young people & Veggies At The

Farmers' Market

We believe in youth leadership in unique places--and the farmer's market is one of them! Each Saturday from April-July and November-December, Urban Roots youth set up, operate, and manage our produce stand at the SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley from 9am - 1pm. Come by and visit us--our young leaders would love to tell you all about the fresh produce they grow!

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