Austin, TX (PRWEB) September 21, 2011
CobraHead has teamed up with Urban Roots, a program of Austin’s Youth Launch, to support youth agriculture in Austin, Texas.
Now in its fourth year, Urban Roots is a youth development program that uses sustainable agriculture as a means to transform the lives of young people and increase the access to healthy food in Austin. By growing sustainably farmed vegetables, young people work together to serve the community, cultivate farming and business skills, learn the value of meaningful work, and discover how to eat and cook in healthy ways.
This year the young people at Urban Roots harvested 32,191 lbs. of produce grown on just 3.5 acres. They donated 10,929 lbs. of that to hunger relief organizations in Austin. The rest they sold at farmers markets, through their CSA and to local restaurants.
The program has thirty youth Farm Interns, a small dedicated staff, and over 1,000 volunteers who have given over 3500 hours of their time on the farm this year. For a great majority of these interns, this farm is the first farm they’ve ever visited. It’s a completely new environment and not like any park in town or like any green space in their neighborhood.
CobraHead is matching donations made through October 1 in kind with up to $1,000 worth of their tools and other products. To encourage donations, they’ve added a contest to the fundraiser. They are also giving away a CobraHead Weeder, a garden fork, and a kneeling pad, their Garden Essentials Package worth $89.95 to the person who does the best job in promoting the fundraiser. Details about the fundraiser are available at http://www.cobraheadllc.com/blog/2011/09/15/help-people-grow-food-win-good-garden-gear/
CobraHead is a family owned and operated business. They support urban and community gardens, and youth gardening projects internationally by donating tools for use and for fundraising projects. Please contact CobraHead for more information.