Urban Roots teaching kids about eating local

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Updated: 7/25 4:50 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A local chef and non-proit are teaming up. Mark Estee and Urban Roots are working together to teach kids about eating healthy and local.

The farm to fork trend is growing in popularity, but experts say it's not a new idea. It's actually the opposite and it's taking us back to our roots.

"It's going back to how this country was formed," Campo Chef Mark Estee said. "It's by farmers and eating the things that come out of our back yards."

Estee said everyone should know where their food comes from.

"I don't just want to by one thing locally," Estee said. "I want to by everything locally. So that's what we strive towards."

Urban Roots is working to shape that attitude in the next generation.

"Teaching them about their food where it comes from, processes of growing and even the economics of growing," said Urban Roots Executive Director Jeff Bryant. 

Bryant said they offer classes and camps throughout the year.

"We're investing in our future," he said. "We're planting seeds very early."

Bryant said parents notice a difference in their kids after Urban Roots. 

"They'll turn McDonald's down," he said. "They'll turn down those fast food burgers because they want to eat kale that was grown in the backyard."

They hope it not only improves their health, but also inspires the kids to change their world.

"I've always said that farmers are the next rockstars, and I want to do everything I can to support that," Estee said. 

"They're the ones that are going to carry us forward," Bryant said. "They're the ones that are going to take our local food movement and our healthcare initiatives and help us complete the circle of building a healthy community." 

If you'd like to support Urban Roots and taste Estee's food yourself, this Sunday you'll have your chance. He's making a four-course locally-sourced dinner as a fundraiser for the non-profit. Tickets are $200 and the event starts at 4:00 p.m. 

After dinner Urban Roots is having a free open house. There will be farm tours, family activities and a silent auction. That part of the event starts at 6:30 p.m.
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