Here's What's New at Capital Roots:

Dean H. Leith, Jr. Memorial Community Garden

In recognition of our late founder Dean H. Leith, Jr. and his 40-year commitment to Capital Roots, we have decided to name our 52nd community garden in his honor. 

A special donor has pledged to match up to $2,500 in donations made to Capital Roots in memory of Dean. All donations made in his memory will be put toward the development of this new food garden in Lansingburgh. 

Please consider helping to create this very special community garden with a generous donation. Visit today!


Capital Roots’ Raises $17,000 at

20th Annual Garden Bowl 

Capital Roots raised $17,000 at its 20th annual Garden Bowl fundraiser at Uncle Sam Lanes on January 28, 2017. Proceeds benefit our food access and urban greening programs including 52 Community Gardens, the Veggie Mobile®, Healthy Streets, Squash Hunger and more.

A total of 100 bowlers of all ages accepted the challenge of fundraising for the event, filling every lane at the bowling alley. Teams sported matching outfits and competed for high scores while attempting to win one of many raffle items at the event. Bowlers walked away with prizes such as ski passes, dining certificates, event tickets, gift baskets and more, generously donated by more than 60 local businesses.

Special thanks to our event sponsors including Troy Teachers Association, Cargill, Envision Architects, Hilton Garden Inn of Troy, Uncle Sam Lanes, Troy Cloth & Paper, Hodgson Russ LLP, Flowers by Pesha, Community Resource Federal Credit Union, Crisafulli Bros, Druthers, Repeat Business Systems, ASAP and our many lane sponsors. Thank you to all our bowlers, we hope to see you next year!



Thank You 2016 Volunteers

Capital Roots' volunteers do so much to help make the work we do possible. We are deeply grateful and had a wonderful time celebrating many of our incredible volunteers at the Urban Grow Center on January 19th for our annual Volunteer Appreciation. The night was full of delicious food, fun and conversation. It was also an opportunity to recognize two volunteers, Priscilla Fairbanks and Jim Boswell for their outstanding service at Capital Roots, specifically in 2016. To all of our volunteers, we are so thankful for all of the important work you have helped with here; we couldn't do it without you!



We've Grown!


We are excited to announce the recent hire of two new staff members to our growing team, Matt and Susan, as well as the promotion of two from our current team, Hannah and James! 



Giving Made Easy Online!


It's back to school shopping season! But did you know you could be supporting Capital Roots with your online purchases without spending anything more?

Amazon Smile allows you to purchase from Amazon but have a portion of the sale go directly to our food access programs. Visit learn how.

- If you sign in to before heading to your favorite online site to shop, you can have percentages of your purchases sent to us, too! There are more than 1,700 online retailer to shop through.

Goodshop gives you coupons for your purchases, saving you money, but still donates a portion of sales the charity of your choice! Visit to learn more.

And even if you are just looking to sell the old to make room for the new, eBay for Charity US allows you to sell items and easily donate a portion of your profit to your favorite charity. It's giving made simple. Check it out!


Capital Roots' Community Gardens Program