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Food System Assessment.


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.




Community Partners Selected for

2017 Impact Awards

Capital Roots' is excited to announce that The Stakeholders, Inc. has selected two of our community partners to receive 2017 Community Impact awards! Jillian Hirsch will receive the Arts Ambassador Award for her promotion of arts in the community and our long-time supporters, Hewitt's Garden Centers will receive the Business-to-Nonprofit Partnership Impact Award. Many of you may remember Jillian as the talented artist who helped to create the stunning mosaic and creative crosswalks at Capital Roots and then other similar community projects throughout the region. And Hewitt's Garden Centers has been one of Capital Roots' longest standing partners; we've been working with them since 1992! Thank you to Stakeholders for recognizing these important community partners and congratulations again to Hewitt's Garden Centers and Jillian!


Welcome New Staff!


We are excited to announce the recent hire of three new members to our team at Capital Roots' Urban Grow Center! Please join us in welcoming Antwone, Samantha and Nell! 


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!



Capital Roots' Community Gardens Program