the Mission of urban roots is to cultivate healthy communities.

We host program-experiences that focus on connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to the soil and the table.

In 2013, Urban Roots began to explore how growing food could be used as a transformational tool in Grand Rapids. The team moved to our current home in the Madison Neighborhood in late 2015. With a move to one of the most disinvested parts of the city, our intention was to do the slow work of cultivating community together. Our community farm, market, and education center is now home to a wide variety of programs. From community classes to Farm Field Trips, a fresh market to garden education, we invite you to dig in with us.

We are committed to a regenerative model that fosters empowerment over charity, stewardship over dominance, and community over privatization. Our greatest teacher is among the soil, land, and plants that we grow, where diverse species thrive because of their differences.

We are committed to establishing our organization as one dedicated not only to urban agriculture for the sake of growing food, but also as a place to engage in the fundamental act of what it means to be a human being.

Through honest and rich collaborations throughout our neighborhood and our city, we believe our work can simultaneously be a platform for healthy food access, experiential learning, economic development, ecological stewardship, community revitalization, and social empowerment.


Thank you for a successful 2018 season

View our 2018 Annual Report by clicking the image to the left!

We are so thankful our community partners, supporters, and hardworking team who gave their time, energy, and talents to make this wonderful year possible!

As our roots continue to grow in the Madison neighborhood, we are so glad that you are here to join us.

View our Annual Summary for 2017.

View our full 2017 Annual Report.