Urban Roots

A nonprofit organization

Deep Roots, Inspiring Leaders: Get to know Urban Roots!

Each year Urban Roots:
Engages more than 10,000 children, youth, and families in St. Paul through healthy cooking programs, food sales and distribution, and environmental action projects.

Harvests over 15,000 lbs of produce grown on 1.5 acres on St. Paul’s East Side. This is distributed through farmers markets, neighborhood families, and more.

Plants over 4,800 native plants during restoration projects. Seeds are also collected from these plants for future use.

Please consider your support to keep Urban Roots thriving!

The heart of our programming is our paid youth internship program.

Since 1996, Urban Roots has provided 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 nearly 90 youth interns, ages 14-24, participate in our progressive, tiered programming, connecting to one another and to the world around them.

Our “earn as you learn” programs are grounded in improving urban food systems, fostering community, supporting Saint Paul’s parks and green spaces, and promoting active living for members of our community.

These progressive programs provide hands-on learning and foster critical life skills around entrepreneurial thinking, resilience and collaboration, healthy living, community engagement, self discovery, and more!

Learn more about us in this video made by the USDA

A message from our Executive Director: Hayley Ball

Urban Roots has stood strong and continues to serve our youth and community, pivoting programming and adapting to our current landscape. What we've learned has been a gift, and moving forward will help us fill more service gaps in our community to ensure everyone has access to healthy food and beautiful green spaces. Thank you so much for your support and helping us continue to fulfill our mission to cultivate and empower youth through nature, healthy food, and community.

Give at any level!

Join the Urban Roots family and donate today. Thank you for investing in our amazing youth interns and supporting our work.

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Organization name

Urban Roots

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Environment Health Children & Family

BIPOC Serving

BIPOC Serving


1110 Payne Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55130



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