Austin’s unique nonprofit, Urban Roots, cultivates leadership skills through food and farming to transform the lives of young people and inspire, engage, and nourish the community. This grant will support a new program started this October for at-risk students that combines an agriculture digital course with five hours of hands-on time at the farm each week. The Alternative Learning Center Partnership is a collaboration with Austin Independent School District supporting underserved young people, leveraging food and farming as a tool for transformation in a new way, while reaching a new and highly deserving population of youth during the school day.
The program allows high-need youth to experience the refuge of nature on an urban farm, finding a place of quiet and safety outside of the framework of the challenges in their school and personal lives. By connecting to where food comes from, the program has the potential to shape food choices for the students and their families for the rest of their lives.