Urban Roots

Established in 2007 as a program of YouthLaunch, Urban Roots became an independent nonprofit in 2011.  Aiming to use food and farming to transform the lives of young people and inspire, engage, and nourish the community, Urban Roots’ operations center around its 3.5 acre urban, sustainable farm in East Austin, which aims to grow 25,000 pounds of produce on an annual basis.  The nonprofit provides paid internships to Austin youth who work on the farm.  Committed to local hunger relief, Urban Roots donates 40 percent of its harvest to area soup kitchens and food pantries, and sells the remaining portion through its CSA program and at local farmers’ markets.

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