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 in the Capital Region to serve as a resource for future projects and policies and serve as the roadmap for a Regional Food Policy Council.
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
Jessica DeJesus - Albany Community Action Partnership
Teri Ptacek - Agricultural Stewardship Association
Capital District Regional Planning Commission
Sharon DiLorenzo - Capital Roots
Amy Klein - Capital Roots
Marissa Peck - Capital Roots
Michael Wilmot - CEO
Amy Halloran - Local 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
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