About Roots for the Home Team®
Roots for the Home Team’s began when entrepreneurial dietitian Susan Moores learned about youth garden programs and how they taught kids about food.
They hit all the right notes on the food front.
- Giving kids a greater appreciation for food as they learn what it takes to coax carrots from the ground and persuade peppers to proliferate.
- Tapping into and nurturing kids’ natural curiosity and interest in food.
- Creating and encouraging adventuresome eaters because the youth are personally invested in their food. Picky eaters? Not here!
Sue believed these programs’ successes deserved a bigger audience and venue in the hopes of growing their impact and influence. Why not someplace where eating is fun, where summer’s embraced and fresh foods and flavors could shine? Why not at a ballpark? Why not at a BIG ballpark?
It’s a winner.
- Loads of salads are sold
- Happy fans abound
- Youth experience life-enhancing lessons and learn skills for meaningful success.
- Communities reap the benefits of aspiring youth.
Meet Our Garden Program Partners
Founded in 1969, Urban Roots (formerly Community Design Center of Minnesota) has offered gardening, cooking and environmental programs for youth and families in St. Paul for 17 years. Nearly 1,500 people are served each year. 30 teen interns from the East side operate six neighborhood gardens and grow and sell a variety of vegetables and herbs to the community.
Youth Farm provides year-round programs for 800 youth ages 9 to 24. They educate and train through gardens and greenhouses, cultivating leadership through planting, growing, preparing and selling the food they grow. Youth Farm works in five neighborhoods in the Twin Cities including Lyndale, Hawthorne and Powderhorn in Minneapolis, and Frogtown and the West Side of St. Paul. Youth Farm. Where leadership grows.
Dream of Wild Health helps Native American youth restore the health of their community by expanding their knowledge of, and access to, healthy indigenous foods and medicines. At a 10-acre farm in Hugo, MN, urban youth learn about their cultural heritage, Native American agriculture, cooking and food preservation.