MLK Day of Service 2012: Urban Roots

On January 14th 2012, Servant Church participated in the annual MLK Day of Service by volunteering at Urban Roots, a youth development program that uses sustainable agriculture to transform the lives of young people and increase access to healthy food in Austin. 40% of all produce from the Urban Roots farm goes to local food pantries and soup kitchens. The rest is distributed and sold through farmer’s markets and the Urban Roots CSA.

Led by the youth at Urban Roots, we spent the morning planting food to feed Austinites and learning about Central Texas’ food crisis. At the Capital Area Food Bank, 1 in 5 families attending suffer the pains of hunger. It was humbling to “get our hands dirty” planting vegetables in an effort to help such a community-focused organization. We saw firsthand that Urban Roots raises up young leaders and invests in our city’s health and wellness, honoring the life and message of Dr. King.

On behalf of Servant Church, we’re looking forward to the next opportunity to visit the farm.

©Photography by Ashley Price