Deep Roots, Bright Future

August 16th, 2019 by

Turns out, peanuts and cracker jacks are being traded in for quinoa and cucumber dill salads!

It was only a few years ago that 16-year old Cecilia Rodriguez had been “undecided” about furthering her education after high school. That is until she got involved with Roots for the Home Team. Now when you ask Cecilia what she want to do with her future, she’ll eagerly tell you her plans to serve in the U.S. Navy, then pursue a college degree in agriculture. To plant small, urban farms around the country is at the very top of her list, but she knows there are no limits to what she can accomplish. So what was it that made Cecilia go from uncertainty to certainty in a matter of a year? We’re glad you asked.

Inspire by youth gardening programs, Roots for the Home Team is a fresh food stand that sprouted its way into the Minnesota Twins stadium and more recently, the Milwaukee Brewers as well. And Cecilia, who will be a senior at Johnson High School in St. Paul this fall, was recruited by Roots for the Home Team after being a youth intern at Urban Roots.

Cecilia is just one example of the impact programs like Roots have had on our youth. Roots for the Home Team founder and first lady of fresh foods stated “the kids are inspired by the entrepreneurial aspect. If you have an entrepreneurial mind-set, it spells success in life.”

It is no coincidence that delicious rhymes with nutritious.Sue had a dream eight years ago, and has not stepped on the breaks yet. “Tireless tenacity,” the words she used tp describe it. “I knew in my heart that this program had the capacity to do great things and I wasn’t going to give up on it. I found generous people who believed in the concept and mission… some make introductions, some shared their know-how, all helped me cut the path to make Roots work.”

And we’re so glad it did! We absolutely love partnering with Roots for The Home team through Jana’s Fund. To learn more about Jana’s Fun and how Apple Autos supports the heath and wellness of our youth, click here!


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