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Dozens Volunteer at Urban Roots

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Over 60 volunteers came out and rolled up their sleeves for a day of service at the Urban Roots farm in east Austin.

The non- profit organization provides children who may not have access to gardens an avenue to get in touch with nature and the healthy foods that grow in it.

Austin City Councilman Mike Martinez made the call for volunteers for today, and was overwhelmed by the outpouring of community help.

Martinez says the gardening program provides area children with tools they can use for the rest of their lives.

"They take kids from local area schools and bring them out after school and they get to learn about gardening, but they also become, you know, young leaders because they learn about work ethic and discipline so it's just a great non-profit that I'm happy to support," said Martinez.

60% of the food grown on the farm is sold at local farmers markets and through their community supported agriculture program to help sustain the program and the other forty percent of is donated to local food pantries.

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