Urban Roots

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Employment
  • Environment
  • Hunger


1110 Payne AveSt. Paul, MN 55130 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Urban Roots is a Saint Paul organization whose mission is to cultivate and empower youth through nature, healthy food, and community.


Urban Roots provides paid internships to youth on the East Side of Saint Paul. Youth interns develop leadership, entrepreneurial, and life skills through our Market Garden, Conservation, and Cook Fresh Programs. Each year, up to 80 youth interns, ages 14-24, participate in our progressive, tiered programming, connecting to one another and to the world around them.

Our three programs:

Conservation youth interns support and improve green spaces around the East Side, and participate in the restoration of local parks through removal of displaced plant species, native seed collection, and installation of native plants.

Cook Fresh youth interns learn valuable skills in food preparation, safety, and planning and also explore nutrition, career preparation, and the cultural importance of food.

Market Garden youth interns participate in small-scale crop production in our urban gardens. The produce that's grown goes to the Cook Fresh program to be made into shared meals for interns across all three programs. Produce is also taken to farmers markets and distributed to East Saint Paul community hunger relief efforts.

Stay Up to Date

Follow us on social media @UrbanRootsMN and sign up for our emails at www.UrbanRootsMN.org. To learn more about volunteering with Urban Roots and to sign up, please visit www.UrbanRootsMN.org/volunteer.

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