Greater Capital Region Food System Assessment Press Event


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Please tune in on Wednesday, February 17th at 10AM for the live press conference on Facebook.


If you would like to attend the Zoom Webinar, please contact




Farm to Institution Roundtable




In April 2018, the Greater Capital Region Food System Assessment hosted two Farm to Institution Roundtable Discussions - at SUNY Albany and SUNY Adirondack - with food service directors and farmers to address barriers and identify opportunities to strengthen local food purchasing by institutions in the Greater Capital Region. In total 40 people attended the two events, with representatives from large-scale universities, smaller colleges, public grade schools, community service organizations, farm businesses, and agriculture support organizations.


Special thanks to SUNY Albany and SUNY Adirondack for hosting the events and sponsoring refreshments for participants.  



Regional Food Production

Roundtable Discussions

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In February of 2018, the Greater Capital Region Food System Assessment hosted the series Regional Food Production Roundtable Discussions for regional farmers, producers and processors to get direct input from farmers about their business challenges and identify opportunities to strengthen the local food economy. The roundtables were held at SUNY Cobleskill, Columbia-Greene Community College, the Capital District Regional Farmers Market in Menands, and at the Washington County Fairgrounds. More than 160 people participated across the four events.


Resources for local producers were available at the events, including upcoming FISMA & GAP certification info sessions and a meet-and-greet with select buyers. Click here for information about the resources presented.


Outcomes from this series will inform the policy, economic development, and practical recommendations of the Greater Capital Region Food System Assessment, which will be published in December 2018.


Special thanks to our sponsors for providing lunch: SUNY Cobleskill, Honest Weight Food Co-Op, Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Corporation and Farm Credit East.


2017 Stakeholder Forum



In November 2017 the Greater Capital Region Food System Assessment held its first Stakeholder Forum, where more than 70 participants gathered at Siena College. The Stakeholder Forum brought together key players from the four sectors of the food system - consumption, production, processing, and distribution (all of which are being researched extensively in the assessment) - to share preliminary findings and workshop current challenges facing people working in our region’s food system. We are excited to continue into our second year of research in 2018 and will be hosting a second Stakeholder Forum in Fall 2018. Email Marissa Peck, Food Assessment Coordinator, if you would like to be added to the invite list.


Read the full Stakeholder Forum Press Release here.




Greater Capital Region Food System Assessment Launch




In March 2017, Capital Roots launched the Greater Capital Food System Assessment in the loading dock of their regional food hub, the Urban Grow Center. We were joined by the Assessment’s 20-member Steering Committee as well as academic and community partners. Speakers included Commissioner of New York State’s Department of Agriculture and Markets Richard A. Ball, New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Deputy Commissioner Barbara Guinn, and New York State Empire State Development Regional Director Michael Yevoli.


Funding for the Greater Capital Region Food System Assessment includes a 2016 Conservation Catalyst Grant from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program, administered by the Land Trust Alliance and the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region.


“The Land Trust Alliance applauds Capital Roots for the creative and impactful partnership that has been developed for the Greater Capital Region Food System Assessment…this collaboration promises to enhance regional food security while supporting farmers and farmland protection efforts. We believe this project can serve as a model and example for other community-focused initiatives in New York and nationally,” said Ethan Winter, New York Senior Program Manager for Land Trust Alliance.


Read full press release here.