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Create Positive Change

Each time you shop at the co-op, you have a chance to directly support local nonprofits by donating your 10-cent reusable bag credits and rounding up your purchases to the nearest dollar. It may only be a few cents or spare change, but your generosity makes a huge impact — to the tune of over $10,000 each month for our Positive Change recipients!


Urban Roots is a Saint Paul organization whose mission is to cultivate and empower youth through nature, healthy food, and community. 

Urban Roots


Since 1996, Urban Roots has engaged thousands of under-resourced youth ages 14-21 in paid internships on St. Paul’s East Side along with education, training and work projects that improve their personal health and environment. Their current internship programs, Market Garden, Conservation and Cook Fresh, are meaningful pathways out of poverty that guide and educate youth to develop 21st century skills in job readiness, personal growth and entrepreneurship and be more prepared for post-secondary education and employment opportunities.  


Youth Internship Programs:  

  • The Market Garden program engages youth in planting, maintaining and harvesting 6 small-scale urban agriculture sites on the East Side. 
  • The Cook Fresh program interns learn about the food that Market Garden interns grow and how to prepare fresh homemade meals with it. They also develop healthy recipes and create value-added products for sales, such as chutneys, salsas and sauces.  
  • The Conservation Program trains youth as park ambassadors to create greater connections between youth and the outdoors, enabling a sense of place and pride in the community.  


Donations will be used for: Donations will support Urban Roots’ paid youth internship programs and help increase their capacity to serve young people on the East Side.  

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