Urban Roots is an educational non-profit dedicated to changing the way kids EAT and LEARN by transforming the education process from the ground up.
We believe that food is a powerful tool for academic and nutrition education when it is fully integrated into the classroom. To this end, Urban Roots offers school-based and summer programming for students, professional development for teachers, and School Garden Coordinator training for parent volunteers that engages the senses and meets rigorous academic standards at the same time. Furthermore, Urban Roots Farm is host to special community and school garden events to further promote healthy, sustainable lifestyles in our community.
Since our incorporation in 2010, Urban Roots has served over 1200 students, 250 educators, and dozens of families. This fall, Urban Roots began working with 10 schools in Washoe County as part of our Garden Habitat Program, with the aim of integrating garden education into classroom curriculum. This year, with the opening of the Urban Roots Farm, we aim to reach 3 times as many students through, summer camp, focused on hands-on edible education. Next fall, Urban Roots will be adding a farm entrepreneurship program to train young farmers in both agricultural and educational ventures. As an outdoor classroom, the Urban Roots Farm is a space where students, teachers, and families can learn and take away inspiration for healthier education. The farm is an extension of Urban Roots' commitment to help our community make the important connections between food and healthy futures for youth.
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