We are proud to announce a new initiative to bring together youth, neighbours, and businesses to create a positive impact this summer! Urban Roots is an urban agriculture project designed to foster community connectivity while sharing knowledge of gardening and growth, sustainability, and food security with youth facing difficult realities. A garden of community!

Using a vacant City of Edmonton lot on the corner of 93 Street and 82 Avenue, the Urban Roots garden will feature floral, fruit, and vegetable gardens and areas for reflection, inspiration, and music. Youth from YESS along with mentors from the community will tend to the gardens, harvest its product, and enjoy a wealth of benefits including engagement in the community, exercise, mental and emotional well-being, and social interaction.

We’ve already come a long way from the empty lot!