Project Overview

Over the next two years, Capital Roots will work with community partners to conduct a comprehensive regional food system assessment based on four counties of consumption (Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady) and eleven counties of production (Albany, Columbia, Greene, Fulton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington). Assessment data will be accessed and utilized by community partners, policy makers and funders in the Capital Region to serve as a resource for future projects, policies and funding.

The Greater Capital Region Food System Assessment (GCRFSA) represents the missing link needed to understand the issues and complexities of our regional food system and identify interdisciplinary approaches that will strengthen our community wellbeing by increasing access to healthy food in low-income communities and building agricultural capacity and economic resilience region-wide, especially for family-owned farms and food-based businesses.


Our Vision for the Upper Hudson Valley:

--> producers have a viable place in the local markets
--> low-income residents have consistent access to healthy and culturally appropriate food
--> producers easily process their products to add-value and find steady local markets
--> local food is distributed throughout the region in an equitable manner


Steering Committee Members

Albany Community Action Partnership

Teri Ptacek - Agricultural Stewardship Association

Mark Castiglione - Capital District Regional Planning Commission

Sharon DiLorenzo - Capital Roots

Amy Klein - Capital Roots

Marissa Peck - Capital Roots

Erin Bradley - CEO

Amy Halloran - Local Chef/Food Author

Jackie Mahoney - Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region

Donna Williams - Field Goods

Natasha Pernicka - The Food Pantries for the Capital District

Todd Erling - Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corp.

Laurie Ten Eyck - Indian Ladder Farms

Kelly Young - New York Farm Bureau

Rocky Ferraro - Regional Planner 

Saratoga County EOC

Rocco Verrigni - Schenectady County Community College

Janine Jurkowski - SUNY Albany School of Public Health

Mary Ellen Mallia - SUNY Albany Sustainability Office

Tim Moore - SUNY Cobleskill

Sonya Hauser - The Sage Colleges

Molly Ward - Whitney Young Health Centers

Want to get involved?

Email Marissa at foodassessment@capitalroots.org