Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Founded in 2007, Urban Roots is a youth development program that uses sustainable agriculture to transform the lives of young people and increase the access to healthy food in Austin.
Urban Roots provides paid internships to Austin youth, age 14-17, to work on our 3.5 acre urban farm in East Austin. Each fall we hire 24 youth Farm Interns, three youth Assistant Crew Leaders, and three youth Agriculture interns to work with us for the upcoming program year.
During the 25 week spring and summer program, youth get essential life and job skills while growing food for the community. We donate 40% of our produce to local soup kitchens and food pantries and sell the rest at farmers’ markets and farm stands in Austin. Additionally, we provide our youth with a variety of workshops in order to ensure a well rounded education on food, agriculture, and serving their community.