Here's What's New at Capital Roots:

Capital Roots Named Best Local Nonprofit

We are honored to be named Best Local Nonprofit by The Alt Weekly's Readers' Poll! Thank you to everyone who voted and for supporting our work in the Capital Region to provide fresh, affordable food to all.


Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail

Capital Roots is pleased to contribute a Bicycle Fix-It station to the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail as part of our Healthy Streets work. 

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy announced this addition to the trail as well as new sunscreen stations along the trail to keep riders safe and healthy. Capital Roots is proud to be a small part of this project along with Albany County, Mohawk Hudson Land ConservancyAlbany County Rail Trail volunteers and so many others.




Smart Vending


Capital Roots announced the launch of the Smart Vending program, a food access solution that provides the information and opportunities for Capital Region residents and employees to purchase healthier snack options on the go.


Capital Roots is partnering with three local healthy food-focused vending companies -- HealthyMe LivingNew Leaf Group, and Delicious Healthy Vending -- to implement our Smart Vending program. Through these partnerships, we are able to introduce healthier vending options to businesses and community-based organizations of all sizes. 

Our current Smart Vending locations include the Arbor Hill/West Hill and Howe branches of Albany Public Library as well as Albany Leadership Charter High School for Girls, with more expected to be introduced throughout the year.

Many thanks to Albany City Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy and Albany Public Library Executive Director Scott Jarzombek for joining us at the announcement.

Contact Bekah at if you are interested in having Smart Vending at your business or organization.



Autumn Evening in the Garden Pairing Announcement


We are excited to share the culinary pairings for the 11th annual Autumn Evening in the Garden! The event connects more than 20 of the region's most talented culinary artists with more than 50 local growers, producers, and beverage purveyors from all over the Capital Region.


2017 Culinary Pairings

Chef Marla Ortega with Crandall's Corners Farm and Old Chatham Sheepherding Company 
Chef Rachel Mabb with Barber's Farm and Hawthorne Valley Farms 
Chef Brad Stevens with Hand Melon Farm and White Clover Farm 
Chef Sun Hwa and Chun Hee with The Produce Project and Passaro Homestead Farm 
Chef Ian O'Leary with Indian Ladder Farms and Mountain Wind Farms 
Baker Lyle Houston with Samascott Orchards and Pixie's Preserves 
Chef Geri Ann Mastromarino with Laughing Earth Farm and Tilldale Farms 
Chef Aneesa Waheed with Schoharie Valley farms and Argyle Cheese Farmer 
Chef Ric Orlando with The Alleged Farm and Wanabea Farm
Chef Emmanuel Isaac with Little Seeds Gardens and Dutch Barn Farm
Baker Tom MacGregor with Scrodin Farm and Wild Hive Community Grain Project 
Chef Nicholas Karoly with Pleasant Valley Farm and Farmer Jon's Produce
Chef Anna Weisheit with Fox Creek Farm and Denison Farm 
Chef Jaime Ortiz with Engel's Acres and Bornt Family Farms
Baker Daniel Raymond Jr. with Saratoga Apple and Meadowbrook Farm Dairy 
Chef Kenneth Ruud with Staron Farms and Greenfield's Forever
Chef Mark Graham with Black Horse Farms and Coach Farm 
Chef Yono Purnomo with Esposito's Flowers and Produce and R & G Cheese
Chef Daniel Smith with Gade Farm and Twin Ponds Farm  
Baker Ella Montelone with Goold Orchards and Joint Venture 
Chef Matthew Joyce with Bard Farm and Hannacroix Hampshires and Lincolns
Chef Larry Schepici with Kipp Hill Farm and Mack Brook Farm


We hope you will join us on Thursday, September 28, from 6:00pm-9:00pm at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy. Proceeds from the event support Capital Roots' fresh food access, education, and urban greening programs.




New Food Hub Certification

There are big changes happening at our regional Food Hub this summer. Capital Roots is expanding our storage capacity, adding new products and developing best practices that will enable us to provide fresh, healthy foods to even more neighbors and partners. While we have always followed standards for food quality and safety, we have decided to seek a higher standard by working with the USDA to achieve a Food Defense Certification.


This accreditation will create stricter guidelines and protocols for sourcing, aggregating, and providing food to our customers. It also puts us on track to meet strict standards under the Food Safety Modernization Act; a federal mandate increasing safety across all aspects of the food system. All members of the Capital Roots team are trained and ready for this exciting change.


Why is the Food Defense Certification so exciting? It will enable Capital Roots to grow our Farm to School program by allowing local school districts to include locally grown products in their food services. It will also expand the Virtual Veggie Mobile's ability to service more child care and senior programs. We are looking forward to expanding our work with our farmers and customers, just in time for the fall harvest season!




Thank You CAP COM!


We had a surprise visit from our friends at CAP COM Federal Credit Union today as part of their 2017 CAP COM Cares tour. They donated brand new wheel barrows and new hoes for our outdoor programs. What a fantastic random act of kindness! Thank you to this great community partner for making our day.



Dean H. Leith Jr. Memorial Community Garden Ribbon-Cutting


Friends and staff gathered with the Leith family on Saturday, August 12, to celebrate the opening of Capital Roots' 52nd community garden, named in loving memory of our founder, Dean H. Leith Jr. Wonderful stories of Dean were shared as well as "Dean's List for Living". As Dean's wife Liz cut the ribbon, the crowd sang The Garden Song - one of Dean's favorites!


Following the event, at the Urban Grow Center, more stories and memories of Dean were shared. Dean's Legacy will live on through his family, friends and of course at Capital Roots.


We thank everyone for making this a truly special day for all!




Capital Roots' Produce Project Program