started in 1975 as a community service project of Garden Way, the former manufacturer of Troy-Bilt Lawn and Garden Equipment.
Our Vision for the future is of a Capital Region where every person has access to fresh, affordable, healthy food.
Today Capital Roots works to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in New York’s Capital Region by organizing community gardens, providing healthy food access, offering nutritional and horticultural education for all ages and coordinating urban greening programs in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga Counties.
Take a walk through our history...
1975 – Began The Community Gardens program. 50 Community Gardens now feed 4,000 families in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga counties.
1989 – Formed The Urban Greening program. Thousands of trees now beautify Albany, Cohoes, Rensselaer and Troy.
2004 – Launched The Squash Hunger program. More than two hundred thousand pounds of fresh produce has been donated to soup kitchens and pantries throughout the region.
2005 – Established The Taste Good Series. Thousands of inner-city children have discovered that fresh fruit and vegetables are tasty and nutritious.
2007 – Developed The Veggie Mobile. Thousands of elderly, low-income and disabled residents have fresh produce delivered directly to their housing facilities.
2009 – Cultivated The Produce Project. Dozens of high school youth have access to educational and employment opportunities each year because of this year-round urban agricultural training program.
2011 – Organized theHealthy Stores program. Thousands of inner-city residents have daily access to fresh food in local convenience stores.
2011 – Expanded the Veggie Mobile operation by adding The Veggie Mobile Sprout. Even more elderly, low-income and disabled residents now have fresh produce delivery directly to their housing facilities.
2012– Launched theVeggie Rx program in partnership with local physicians who treat patients with nutrition-related illnesses. Physicians are able to issue coupons for fresh produce on the Veggie Mobiles to patients with diabetes and hypertension.
2014– CreatedThe Virtual Veggie Mobile an online farmer’s market providing access to our Veggie Mobile produce as well as local farm products for wholesale buyers and individuals.
2014– Announced name change from Capital District Community Gardens to Capital Roots at the grand opening of the Urban Grow Center, our new headquarters and regional food hub. With this new facility, by 2017 our produce distribution capacity will triple to one million pounds.