Bring your group to urban roots
Help support the mission of Urban Roots while giving your participants an exciting, hands-on, and delicious learning experience about growing food in the city.
The Community Farm and Education Center is a place where people of all ages can experience the transformative power that growing food brings to our lives, health & community.
Big or small, we can accommodate most groups. We love creating meaningful, service-based learning experiences on our community farm. Any ages, any group, we will cultivate something just for you. Reach out to us for group volunteer opportunities all year round!
More than ever before, people acknowledge the major role that food plays in our personal health and environment. They care about how their food is grown and want access to local, healthy, fresh options. Also more than ever, farming is not just something happening "out in the country."
Being on the community farm is often a new and exciting experience for people who have never had their hands in the soil. A group visit to Urban Roots will be filled with fun and learning in an upbeat atmosphere where laughter and lots of questions are welcome!
Every Group Service Learning visit includes a farm fresh meal for your group to enjoy! All our meals are plant based and sourced largely from the Community Farm. We can accommodate nearly all diets and you can plan on delicious, fresh food to enjoy. Click here for our policy on allergies.
Practicing what we preach
Giving back implies a surplus to begin with, no matter how small.
Urban Roots charges a small fee per person for group service learning opportunities. It's normal for this to seem strange to people wanting to bring a group to volunteer because it seems counter intuitive. People think, " Wait a minute - I'm donating my time and energy - why should I pay for that?"...
Please read on:
Author and thinker Bob Lupton says it best in his work, "Toxic Charity"...
“Think of the transformation that would occur if mission trips were converted from make-work to development work; if soup kitchen servanthood were redirected to afford homeless men the dignity of securing their own food; if Saturday service projects shifted from pity to partnership; if government giveaways became accountable investments….When we do for those in need what they have the capacity to do for themselves, we disempower them.”
We applaud the hearts of our volunteers and appreciate all of the time and energy they contribute to our programs. We also put a high value on staying focused on our mission of cultivating sustainable food and education assets for the Madison neighborhood and our broader community. We design our programs not just for volunteerism or education's sake alone, but to connect that work to learning to serve our neighborhood and the mission of Urban Roots. The fees we collect directly support this work through our programs!
every group service learning experience includes...
- A Farm-Fresh Meal for your group to enjoy!
- A 1-3 hour visit to a thriving Urban Community Farm
- Lots of fun, discussion, Q & A, access to information
- A meaningful, hands-on group service learning project
- A farm tour & introduction to our growing methods
- Students Pre - 12th $3.50/person
- College/University $6/person
- Adults/Professionals $10/person
- Groups from 49507 $Free for 1st visit
- Non-profits / service work organizations - Please reach out to us if you are a non-profit or service organization who may need financial support to participate in this program. We have very limited assistance available with priority given to groups visiting from the 49507 zip code.
Please note that the prices above reflect the cost/person for a group of 30 people. For smaller groups, there is a standard minimum charge of $100 to bring a group to the Community Farm. For example, if a group of 8 adult professionals wish to come do service learning, the charge would be $100 not $80.
Please fill out the application below if you are interested in getting more information about scheduling a Group Service Learning visit. The form does not commit you to anything, it just gets all the info in one place to start a conversation about if we are a good fit for your group!