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The Tap Roots


Capital Roots has a long and storied history. We are indebted to all those who have stewarded this organization throughout the last 42 years. In recognition of board members who have served with distinction as past Presidents or for extended tenures, we created The Tap Roots, Capital Roots' Honorary Board.


Please welcome the Inaugural Class of The Tap Roots!


Dean Leith, Founder (in memory of)
Michael Bergen*
Douglas Burns*
John Carl
G. S “Chico” Christopher (in memory of)
John Corey
Stephen Cowan*
Margaret Diggs*
Barbara Fama
Jennifer Freeman
Barbara Nelson
William (Bill) Karchner
John Pattison*
Wendy Pattison*
Mary Jane Smith (in memory of)
Raymond Smith

* Past Board President




Capital Roots' Veggie Mobile Turns 10!


On April 20th we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Capital Roots' Veggie Mobile®! To kick off this special day, we headed back to where it all began: Kennedy Towers in Troy. This Veggie Mobile stop has been going strong since 2007 and is one of our most lively stops each week. New and familiar faces joined us as we swapped memories, danced to some great tunes and tried some special tastings, favorites from throughout out the Veggie Mobile's decade of service. What a blast!


Throughout the year, there will be other ways to celebrate the Veggie Mobile and its TEN YEARS of service and we hope you will join the fun.




PhotoVoice Selects Produce Project Photo 


Capital Roots was honored to be named one of three winners of the SUNY University at Albany School of Public Health PhotoVoice project with our submission of this Produce Project photo featuring our students planting the orchard at the 8th Street Urban Farm last year. In recognition of National Public Health Week, Capital Roots' CEO Amy Klein participated in a Public Health panel at the campus, where NYS Commissioner of Health, Dr. Howard Zucker was the guest speaker.


The photo and write-up will be available for viewing along with photos from the other winners at the Washington Avenue Branch of the Albany Public Library after today. Thank you to the college for this great honor!





The Greater Capital Region Food System Assessment

Today we launched the Greater Capital Region Food System Assessment at a press event at the Urban Grow Center. Capital Roots’ Chief Executive Officer Amy Klein welcomed the crowd of more than 75 people, including community members, the project’s Steering Committee, and local politicians. Speakers at the event included Commissioner of NYS Agriculture and Markets Richard A. Ball, Executive Deputy Commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Barbara C. Guinn, and Empire State Development Regional Director Michael Yevoli. The assessment is a two-year research project that will identify methods to increase food security and healthy food access in low-income communities and opportunities to grow our regional agricultural economy, especially for small family-run farms and food-based businesses.


Learn more about the Greater Capital Region Food System Assessment:


Healthy Stores Partners with Sheba Grocery & Deli


Healthy Stores, generously sponsored by MVP Health Care, is celebrating the launch of the program's 20th location, Sheba Grocery & Deli in Troy. This new partnership with Sheba will help increase food access in the northern part of Troy, while also supporting a Veggie Mobile® and Veggie Mobile® Sprout stop at Edward A. Kane Apartments.




KeyBank Supports Produce Project

with a Generous Grant


KeyBank announced a slate of grants totaling $2 million, awarded to 16 different non-profit organizations in the Capital Region. Capital Roots' Produce Project was among the selected to receive a grant. We are so thankful for the support for our life skills and job-readiness training program for underprivileged youth! 


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. 

In memory of Dexter Groesbeck, Deborah Groesbeck Bennett and John Bennett have pledged to match up to $2,500 in donations made to Capital Roots in Dean's name. All donations made in memory of Dean 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!



Complete Streets Ordinace Passed in Cohoes


We are thrilled to announce that the City of Cohoes passed a Complete Streets ordinance, drafted by Capital Roots, to help create a more walkable, bikeable and overall accessible downtown for city residents! Thank you to Mayor Morse and the Cohoes City Council for making this a priority.


Cohoes is the third city in the Capital Region to pass this type of ordinance with the help of Capital Roots' staff. We look forward to seeing the positive changes this ordinance will have on the health and vitality of downtown Cohoes.




Capital Roots' Community Gardens Program