About Capital Roots' Programs and Services

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Community Gardens

makes garden plots available to anyone interested in growing their own produce. Gardeners receive nutritional, recreational, social and physical benefits from tending plots. 

 

Veggie Mobile®

is a traveling market that delivers fresh produce (often locally grown) to thousands of residents in urban neighborhoods without access to healthy food. Operating Monday through Saturday, the Veggie Mobile® makes more than 30 stops per week along with its companion mobile market, the Sprout.

 

Produce Project

employs at-risk students from Troy High School to operate a year-round urban farm and to sell their harvest at markets. In addition to learning life, job and entrepreneurial skills, each student earns school credit, a stipend and a share of the farm’s bounty to share with their families. 

 

Healthy Stores

makes produce available in custom designed, refrigerated display units at urban convenience stores where families shop every day.  

 

Taste Good Series

educates inner-city students, in pre-kindergarten through second grade, about nutrition. Capital Roots' Educator uses music and games to make the lessons fun and to encourage students to help prepare and taste the produce.

 

Squash Hunger

uses convenient drop off locations and a network of volunteers to deliver excess produce from gardeners, farmers, and market shoppers to food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens throughout the region. Each year we collect tons of produce that benefits thousands of low-income residents.

 

Urban Greening

uses public landscaping and street tree planting projects to add aesthetic appeal, increase property values, reduce energy consumption and improve the overall quality of life in participating communities. 

 

Healthy Streets

makes Capital Region roadways accessible to all residents regardless of their preferred method of travel. With increased opportunities for walking and biking in urban settings, Capital Region residents are offered a safe space to recreate, commute or move within their neighborhoods and the larger community.