Join Urban Roots and Eat for Equity

May 20, 2018

4:00-7:00 PM

at St. Paul’s Flat Earth Brewing Company

for an evening of great food and local brews

 
Urban Roots is partnering with Eat for Equity to host an evening of family fun. Enjoy local craft brews and a picnic feast featuring a menu inspired by our Cook Fresh program and prepared by Eat for Equity volunteers. There will be a short presentation by Urban Roots at 5:30 pm. All proceeds will benefit Urban Roots programs.

St. Paul's Flat Earth Brewing Company is collecting items for the local food shelf and donations are appreciated.


A special thanks to our partners for their continued support of our organization.
From the Director
Hello Urban Roots friends,
 
Spring has finally arrived. Gardens are being prepped and planted, bees are waking up, conservation projects are being planned, and chefs are being recruited. We expect this to be another successful season for the 60 interns in one of our programs.
 
We welcome everyone to visit Urban Roots during this busy season. Contact us if you would like a tour of one of the program sites and check out our website for event updates.
 
We are very appreciative of your support. Whether it be financial or through volunteering, we wouldn’t succeed without you!

Regards,

Lori Arnold
Executive Director
Urban Roots and Sociable Cider Werks
When: Thursday May 31st

Time: 4pm-8pm

Where: 1500 Fillmore St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

$2 of every pint sold goes towards supporting our awesome work!

It's going to be super fun! Come and learn more about what we do, win trivia prizes, and enjoy some delicious Sociable Cider. See you there!
Ready, Set, Garden!
Eager to get their hands in the dirt and some seeds in the garden, the Urban Roots garden team sprang into action as soon as the snow melted. They’ve spread 50 yards of compost, with 30 more to go. Our youth crews and volunteers are also working hard transforming our sites into productive vegetable gardens. Find our produce in the community at Mississippi Market, restaurants COOK and Swede Hollow Café, Roots for the Home Team salads at the Twins games and Mill City Farmer’s Market this fall. (We’re sold out of CSA shares for 2018).
Rivoli Bluff Farm
Rivoli Bluff housing development and urban farm, over 35 years in the making, has finally come to fruition. Our Special Projects Manager, Summer Badawi, is leading the design and implementation of our Rivoli Farm site. We’ve initiated growing plots, a small fruit orchard, pollinator beds and honeybee hives. Now, we are expanding to include a high-tunnel pilot project in partnership with MN Department of Agriculture. These unheated high tunnel structures mitigate soil erosion problems, extend the growing season, reduce disease and pest pressures and environmental factors. This is a community event and we encourage everyone to get involved. RSVP if you are interested in helping. Find grand opening details (July 17) on our web events page. 
Cook Fresh Spring Happenings
Cook Fresh interns are cooking full on, and are preparing the last of our preserved tomatoes for First Lutheran’s Wellness Community Meal. Next, they’ll be talking kitchen basics and using garden preserves in new and traditional recipes. Then they’ll be joining the Conservation Crew to harvest invasive edibles, such as garlic mustard, dandelion greens and burdock.
 
Partnering with Market Garden Educator Jaclyne Jandro, Cook Fresh Coordinator Saba Andualem will lead Salad Days at JJ Hill Montessori, engaging over 20 classrooms in “eating the rainbow.” Students will harvest produce from their school-yard garden to create delicious salads to share.
 
Cook Fresh is looking forward to working with recent intern alumnae, Alexus Kloetze-Wilson and Imogene Silver, as seasonal staff. They’ll mentor new interns and key staff for implementing our Chef-Lead lunches. We’re excited to welcome back Ruhel Islam (Gandhi Mahal), Robin Asbell (chef and cookbook author), and Jenny Been (chef and instructor of Healthy Lives Institute at the U of MN.) New this season are Sean Sherman (Sioux Chef and recent winner, along with Beth Dooley, winner of the James Beard award for the American Cookbook category, as well as Gerard Klasse (Klassics MPLS). We’re grateful for their commitment to teaching youth the joy of healthy cooking and entrepreneurship.
Roots for the Home Team - at Target Field!
Urban Roots youth will be at the following Minnesota Twins games
(Gate 34 at Target Field):

Sunday, May 20
Sunday, June 24
Sunday, July 8
Sunday, August 26
Saturday, August 4
Sunday, September 9

Roots for the Home Team, the brainchild of entrepreneurial dietitian Sue Moores, has been partnering with the Minnesota Twins, Urban Roots and a collaborative of other youth groups to sell the kids’ salad creations from the Roots’ Garden Goodies cart to hungry fans. In five years, Roots has grown from annually serving ~140 youth and ~830 salads at a single venue to serving ~230 youth and ~1,600 salads at multiple venues.
Connecting to Conservation
Thankfully, our honey bees survived the winter. Conservation Manager David Woods, who is also our resident bee keeper, is dividing the hives and establishing new hives at our office demonstration site. Also new to this site is a much-needed rain garden to help with erosion control in the gathering area. We are grateful for the support and technical assistance form Capital Region Watershed District, Ramsey Washington Conservation District, and St. Paul COPP.
Conservation interns have been busy planting 265 bare root trees in a gravel bed at Rivoli Farm. This fall they will plant these trees in local parklands to increase woodland diversity and begin monitoring for climate change adaptation. With leadership from Phuong Nguyen, a Macalester College intern, we’ll also install a monitoring research project at the DNR Willowbrook site.

Join us at one of our upcoming Conservation events! Check our website for details.

◦  May 15th 4-6pm . Fun with Birds (part of
the Urban Birding Festival) at Lake
Phalen
◦  May 19th 11-3pm. Take Aim at Summer
Fun at Willowbrook DNR Reserve
◦  June 2nd 11-4pm.   Waterfest  at Lake
Phalen
◦ June 20 th 10-12pm . Dragonfly Bonanza
at Trout Brook Nature Sanctuary 
Phoenix Market Community Mural
Urban Roots Youth Council and Good Space Murals, with support from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and Phoenix Marketing, are creating and installing a mural on the exterior of Phoenix Market, located at Third Street and Maria Avenue, which is also home to our over 20-year-old garden site. The goal for the mural is to depict and promote healthy living on St. Paul’s East Side. Recently, our youth hosted interns and their families, and neighbors, who began painting the first layer with a “color-by-numbers” approach. The results look awesome and we encourage you to check it out. Join us on May 17th 1-3pm for our last community paint day at Phoenix Market/3rd and Maria garden site. Thanks to Macalester interns Jessica Timmerman and Mara Steinitz for all their help in bringing this project to life. 

May 12th 1-3pm at Indigenous Roots, Cultural Art Center, 788 E 7th St., St Paul

May 17th 1-3pm at Phoenix Market/3rd and Maria garden site
Service Learning Season
We are pleased to role out the first season of our new Service Learning program. Jaclyne Jandro, Market Garden Educator, has designed and implemented a new option for educators who want to engage their students in hands-on community building. Students from Twin Cities Academy, Northeast Metro School District 916 and City Academy have cut Buckthorn at Willow Brook Reserve, prepped growing sites, moved compost, dug quack grass and laid mulch. City Academy’s gardening class will have six Friday shifts with us. Northland College, with Garvin Design, helped install the high-tunnel posts and concrete. Offsite, we participated in a planting day at Twin Cities Academy, at JJ Hill Montessori we built low tunnels over their raised beds with 60 elementary students, and helped other students with an Earth Day garden tour. Check our website for Service Learning and Volunteer opportunities.  
GROW-IT Center Update
This community-university Gateway for Research, Outreach, Workforce Development, Innovation and Teaching, will function as a year-round learning hub for scientists, students of all ages and community practitioners to exchange knowledge and build healthier communities. Metropolitan State University and the Center’s workgroup have raised $1,070,000; $50k pending, for our original budget goal of $1,126, 412. Patsy Noble, Senior Program Director, has been an active member of the workgroup since 2015.
 
With design plans and adequate funding to proceed with renovations late this summer, we are now re-engaging in conversations, within and outside the university, about how best to:
·         maximize use of this Center for the purposes envisioned
·         align interests/capacities related to the Center’s three primary areas of inquiry:
urban agriculture, food access and environmental sustainability
·         deepen and expand the community-university partnerships around which the Center
is being developed.

Contact Saba Andualem , GROW-IT Center Community Engagement Liaison, if you would like further information.
Welcome Seed, Grow, Harvest, and HarveStar interns!

After all the interviews and a successful parent/Grow Crew intern dinner, our 60 interns will be ready to go on June 13. They’ll have orientation by our staff and our advanced interns —the HarveStars. New this year is The Harvest Crew, made up of third and fourth year interns who have advanced from the Grow Crew positions. They will work an additional shift and engage in offsite field experiences. 
2018 Program Staff Updates
We are happy to introduce several new program staff members:

·       Sydney Davis returned in March as the new Market Garden Program Manager. Sydney
worked at Urban Roots in 2017 as the Seasonal Market Garden Crew Lead. She is
currently pursuing a M.A. in education and has significant gardening and farmers
market experience.
·       Summer Badawi has taken on Special Projects and will be managing the Rivoli Bluff
Farm and High Tunnel as well as social media for all programs.
·       India Orman began her work at Urban Roots in April as the Market Garden Seasonal
Supervisor. India has a B.A. in biology with a focus on sustainable agriculture.
·       May Vang is returning for her 5 th season as the Conservation Program Coordinator!
During the academic year, May works at Belwin Conservancy and is committed to
teaching youth about the environment and the natural world.
·       Katherine Flacklam is joining us for her 5th summer at Urban Roots, this time as
Seasonal Crew Lead in the Conservation Program. 
·       Alexus Kloetzke-Wilson will be returning to Urban Roots for her 5 th year, and will work
as the Seasonal Crew Lead in the Cook Fresh Program. 
·       Imogene Silver also joins in her 5 th year and will share the Seasonal Crew Lead
position with Alexus. 
 
Welcome all!

And thanks to our amazing Macalester College interns, Phuong Nguyen (who returns to her 3 rd year at Mac next year) and Mara Steinitz graduating this year and headed to Detroit to participate in the Repair the World Fellowship .
Upcoming Important Dates!
  • May 19- Support the vitality of the East Side and volunteer to be part of our hoop house installation! Email Jaclyne for more details.
  • May 19- Take Aim at Summer Fun with the DNR! More details will be posted soon.
  • May 20th - Eat for Equity for Urban Roots! Great Brew and Fresh Food at St. Paul's Flat Earth Brewing Co.
  • May 31 at Sociable Cider Werks- Come Be Sociable with us! $2 from each pint sold from 4-9 p.m. will go to our valuable youth programs.
  • July 26 - 5-8 p.m. - Community Pizza Night in the Urban Roots garden!
  • August 9 at 4:30 p.m.- Come see the youth in action at the annual Open House!
  • October 11 from 6-9 p.m.- Celebrate another successful harvest season with the annual Fall Gala! It will take place at the Harriet Island Pavilion and promises to be an evening full of youth highlights and celebration. More information to come!
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