At FreightPros, we think it’s important to be a part of our community. Though that means sitting in terrible Austin traffic once in a while, it also means embracing local philanthropy. Ever since our founding in 2009, we’ve been looking at more ways to get involved with volunteering around the community. We think it’s important to give back to society, and it’s incredible what can be accomplished with just a bit of gumption. Last week, a group of us participated in our first philanthropic endeavor of the new year at the Urban Roots Farm. We prepared veggies, picked weeds, and found ourselves under the Texas sun for a morning that leaked into an afternoon. It was excellent. Urban Roots is, per their own verbiage, “a youth development organization that uses food and farming to transform the lives of young people and inspire, engage, and nourish the community.” Originally founded as part of YouthLaunch in 2007, Urban Roots transitioned to their own non-profit status in 2011. Their youth mentoring program offers paid internships to young Austinites, ages 14-17, during a 25-week summer/spring period. In addition to their mentoring program, they also offer the opportunity for volunteers to participate in sustainable farming on their 3.5 acre farm just outside of town. Enter, the FreightPros. More Blog: A Definition for Millennials We met on a bright and early morning last week. The sun was shining. No marshmallow clouds, pregnant with precipitation, to ruin our fun. Instead, just that alarm clock for summer – the humidity soaked Texas heat – to keep us company. We were enthusiastically greeted by Lea Scott, the farm manager, and only full-time employee at the ranch, as well as multiple staffers, known as “farmer apprentices,” who get paid in produce. From approximately 8AM to Noon, a group of us volunteers harvested, washed, sorted (and segregated) carrots and turnips. We also got a chance to clean up some of the back fields on the property that were in need of some desperate weeding. There were fire ants to be battled, but we made it out alive. At the end of our time, Urban Roots offered a variety of produce for the volunteers to take home and enjoy with friends and family. I don’t know if you’ve ever harvested the vegetables sitting comfortably in your kitchen fridge, but if you haven’t, I suggest you give it a shot. It felt like we were part of the Joad family, or some other itinerant farmer in post-war California. The point is, harvesting, picking, washing, and sorting your own food is a romantic endeavor; not that you want to kiss the carrots, but rather, the act of working in the dirt reminds us of a “simpler” time. More Blog: What is SEO??? We spend too much time in front of screens; computer, iPhone, television…you name it. I can’t tell you the last time I got on my hands and knees to pick weeds (memories of my mother’s untamed garden appear out of nowhere), wiping sweat from my furrowed brow. But it was refreshing, and for that, we have Urban Roots to thank. It’s rare to find an organization, a non-profit at that, that can offer so much. They’re interested in sustaining the world we live in, and the youth that will lead us into the future. It’s a noble cause, and we at FreightPros are proud of our minor contributions to a fantastic organization. To find out more about Urban Roots and how YOU can volunteer, visit their website.
Logan is a Content Marketing Associate at FreightPros in charge of social media and content creation. He has a writing degree from the University of Oklahoma, but lives life on the edge and resides in Longhorn country. He loves Murakami books, Tarantino movies, and Vonnegut books. Lots of books. One day he will own a dog, but first he'll have to get a yard.
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